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Vancouver Island metropolis for which a chocolate deal with is called / WED 12-28-22 / Brit who wrote “The Vanishing Half” / “Rule” stating that the variety of transistors per microchip doubles each two years / Compser Schumann

Constructor: Josh Goodman

Relative problem: Easy-ish (felt fairly quick for me, however it was additionally straight in my wheelhouse)

THEME: Once, Twice, er… Two Times a Lady 53A – With 60-Across establishment by which 19-, 25- and 37-Across are (to date) the one three girls ever to be inducted twice

Word of the Day: NANAIMO (12D: Vancouver Island metropolis for which a chocolate deal with is called)

Nanaimo ( nə-NY-moh) is a metropolis on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in British ColumbiaCanada. As of the 2021 census, it had a inhabitants of 99,863,[2] and it is called “The Harbour City.” The metropolis was beforehand often known as the “Hub City,” which was attributed to its authentic format design, whose streets radiated from the shoreline just like the spokes of a wagon wheel, and to its central location on Vancouver Island.[4][5] Nanaimo is the headquarters of the Regional District of Nanaimo. (wikipedia)


The Nanaimo bar  is a bar dessert that requires no baking and is called after the Canadian metropolis of Nanaimo in British Columbia.[1] It consists of three layers: a wafer, nut (walnuts, almonds, or pecans), and coconut crumb base; custard icing within the center; and a layer of chocolate ganache on prime. (wikipedia) 

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Hey everybody, it is Eli again for one more day of enjoyable (and apparently your second day in a row be a Liverpool fan)! I’m spending a uncommon wet few days in LA catching up on among the motion pictures I missed within the final 12 months – Glass Onion, Bros, RRR, Top Gun Maverick, and Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe. It’s a reasonably eclectic combine, however I really appreciated all of them rather a lot. Today’s puzzle seems to be the NYT debut for Josh Goodman, and based on his Twitter bio he is additionally remixed the Comedy Bang Bang plug bag theme 3 instances, so he is good individuals in my e-book (#OhNo). 

As for the puzzle itself, I believe I loved it. The fill stretches skinny in a number of locations, however it’s loads of theme to slot in for a Wednesday. By its very nature, the puzzle has loads of correct nouns, which I do know can throw some individuals off, however the trivia head in me has by no means actually minded. 

Theme solutions:

  • TINA TURNER (19A: As a part of a performing duo in 1991; as a solo artist in 2021)

  • STEVIE NICKS (25A: As a part of a band in 1998; as a solo artist in 2019)

  • CAROLE KING (37A: As a part of a songwriting duo in 1990; as a solo artist in 2021)

  • ROCK AND ROLL (53A: With 60-Across establishment by which 19-, 25- and 37-Across are (to date) the one three girls ever to be inducted twice)
  • HALL OF FAME (60A: See 53-Across)

Regarding the theme, I suppose my solely query is, “Why now?” This 12 months’s induction ceremony was nearly 2 months in the past. If you are going to run one thing that looks like a tribute or occasion puzzle, I’m going to search for a motive. Ah nicely. At least it is a tight group of themers and a very good excuse to publish some nice music. Tina Turner and Carole King even have had biographical jukebox musicals on Broadway, however not Stevie Nicks (what a narrative that may very well be). I digress.

I stated above that the puzzle was easy-ish, however trying again over it to weblog, I’m seeing a number of issues that will have tripped me up if I had seen them in any respect whereas fixing. I do know I already highlighted it above, each within the title and the phrase of the day, however Nanaimo is an entire clean for me. Don’t know the town, do not know the deal with. It’s enjoyable to study! I additionally did not know BENNET (47A: Brit who wrote “The Vanishing Half”), and looking out her up I used to be stunned to study that her NAME is Brit and that she’s really American. That’s some actually strong cluing, assuming you recognize the identify.

Getting again to motion pictures of the 12 months, Weird Al went to Cal State Poly in San Luis OBISPO (6A) and wrote a music about it earlier than he had made a reputation for himself:

The “biopic” WEIRD was one of many silliest issues I’ve ever seen, and I cherished each minute of it. Daniel Radcliffe deserves an Oscar for his dedication to the bit. Also, Janelle MONAE (67A) was in Glass Onion, and she or he was incredible in it, as one would possibly count on. Pretty certain I highlighted her final time I blogged right here, too.

Hey, look! I’m within the grid! ELI (51A: Former Giants QB Manning). One of my targets in life is to be outstanding sufficient to turn into a brand new cluing possibility. I’ve a methods to go. 

Overall,  this felt like a strong debut puzzle, bearing the heavy burden of making an attempt to determine what a Wednesday puzzle needs to be. I believe you will have Rafa right here tomorrow, however I’ll be again once more on Friday. See you all then!

Signed, Eli Selzer, False Dauphin of CrossWorld

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