“FUCKED UP” by Andrew Ries
Stagger over to your puzzle interface and solve it, if you can focus your eyes…
Constructor: Andrew J. Ries
Theme: Common phrases reinterpreted as impaired celebrities.
- 17A: HIGH CHURCH – Fucked up “Sideways” co-star?
- 27A: SLOPPY JOE – Fucked up member of the Jonas Brothers?
- 36A: POTTED PLANT – Fucked up Led Zeppelin frontman?
- 47A: LIT MAJORS – Fucked up star of “The Six Million Dollar Man”?
- 56A: LOADED DICE – Fucked up “No Apologies” comedian?
Ben: Right — Wednesday first. This is fine. I’m not wild about having four synonyms for “drunk” along with HIGH, but I guess “fucked up” is broad enough to cover both.
Lena: POTTED? Okay… If you’re British, I guess. Urban dictionary also ties it to the smoking of marijuana, but that’s just ridiculous; it’s like one of those completely made-up crossword verbs– “I POTTED last night and got so HIGH.” Would have been nice to keep it all drunk slang, I agree with Ben. Buuut I’m trying to think of a 4th one that works with another word to make a Real Thing and I can’t rn.
Ben: I do like some of the longer fill here, GOOD JOB, TEAM! being the highlight. MIAS / NERO / ASST in the SW is kind of a dull corner, but it does facilitate the longer stuff. Scrabbly grid, too — two X’s, two J’s, a V. Always nice to see if it’s executed cleanly, and this certainly is.
Lena: I’m starting to sound like cliche of myself/an alcoholic here, but AIRPORT BARS (26D: Places to get buzzed before getting high?) was the highlight for me. I once had a 10 hour layover at LAX and there was one shitty bar in my terminal; people felt so bad for me that three separate folks bought me a glass of wine– they were unprofessionally large pours, too. By the end I was so SLOPPY, LIT, LOADED, etc., that I tried to bribe the bartender with a piece of Toblerone to let me go outside and have a cigarette. Didn’t work. Then I passed out in the gate and don’t remember boarding the plane. Pro-tip: never be in LAX.
Ben: Played a little hard for me because I only knew 2 of the 5 names in the themers. Not a big Led Zeppelin fan, I’m afraid.
Lena: I only knew Robert PLANT, so I relied on the whole phrases instead– so it’s a good thing they were Real Things.
Ben: My favourite clue is 40A: Every kind of dumb hunky surfer boyfriend of the lead character from the early 2000s, I feel like for CHAD, which I initially thought was grammatically incorrect, but on reflection it appears to track. Also really like DAISIES being clued as 39D: Flowers with blinking green lights at the ends of all their docks (my kids just finished studying The Great Gatsby).
Lena: Re: grammar, what’s up with (31A: Sandwiches I like to add A too (any A)) (BLTS)? Seems pretty messy like, say a BLAT with… Applesauce? Agar? Ape?
Ben: Solid but not sensational. The END.