If you’ve been itching for themeless goodness, it’s been a good run at GFP! Solve here, then read on.
I’m starting to wonder if anyone would notice if I posted the same grid each week, as Erik’s been getting a lot of mileage out of this 17×13 size. The long entries allowed by this grid are working, though. PAPER PLANES, DIEGO RIVERA, STIGMATIZES, EXASPERATED…all great stuff.
MISSISSIPPI MASALA is new to me, probably because I was eight when it was released. Oh, Denzel…
Love the clues for PAPER PLANES [Flyers with tearable sections], EGG TOSS [Field day activity in which you throw something ovahand?], PEI [I.M., legend in architecture], and CAMEL BACK [Hump dais?]. I’m still in awe over the wordplay of [Sake served cold, e.g.] for SASHIMI. As much as I love raw fish, I didn’t know that sake was a Japanese term for salmon as well as rice wine. Now I really, really want sushi. Thanks, Erik.
TIL that the chorus in ancient Greek theater sang, and two parts of each choral ode/song were the STROPHE and the antistrophe. The chorus would step together in one direction while singing the strophe, and change direction for the antistrophe, returning to their original position. So STROPHE can refer to the portion of the ode being sung, or the movement involved while singing. Also new to me is “numpties.” The more you know…
I’ll end with the groaniest entries: [Me et al., initials-wise] for EAS (ugh), and [That’s the thicket! (sorry)] for COPSE. There are other talking points in this grid for sure, but my daughter is now tracking around dirt from the plant my husband’s friend bought her at Home Depot. [sigh]