“DON’T GET EMOTIONAL” by David Phillips
Yeah, suck it up and solve.
Don’t Get Emotional
Constructor: David Phillips
Theme: Theme answers contain OUT.
- 16A: PROVO, UTAH – Home to Brigham Young University
- 23A: TECHNO UTOPIA – Hypothetical paradise brought about by scientific advancement
- 39A: NO U-TURN – Warning that you can’t go back
- 50A: STOP IT, YOU TWO! – “Don’t make me come back there!”
- 62A: INSIDE OUT – 2015 Pixar movie that totally had me pulling for Sadness… or a hint to what 16-, 23-, 39-, and 50-Across have
Ben: Pardon me while I give TECHNO UTOPIA some serious side-eye — I like the theme fine, and it’s appropriately simple for a Monday — but I have never heard that phrase before. Google returns a few hundred thousand results, so OK, but it’s the odd man out for me.
Max: 8:23 for me. I did the same thing! Still giving it a side-eye. However, was more concerned with PROVO, UTAH (16A: Home of Brigham Young University). I hope the “Use a full city name as yuor first theme answer when you have a ‘breaking’ theme” doesn’t catch on (re: LUCKNOW, INDIA)
Lena: Based on NOMOPHOBIA from Friday’s, I assumed TECHNO UTOPIA is just another thing I’d never heard of– I don’t like the sound of it, it’s like Singularity Lite.
Max: Aren’t singularities black holes? Annnnnnywaaaaaaay, my other problem with the theme was the consistency. I will go full Michael on it’s O/UT to OU/T 3-1 ratio here. Just….don’t split it up that way. Feels inelegant.
Lena: I was happy to see it split across words at all! I haven’t seen INSIDE OUT, but I thought this was a cute Monday theme, and should be easy to suss out without circles.
Ben: “Inside Out” is great — one of the best things Pixar’s ever done. Definitely worth watching if you missed it last year.
Max: I saw it, it was great. One of best Pixar films I’d ever seen. To be honest, speaking of Pixar movies, I don’t like Toy Story 1 or 2. I know I’ll get flamed in the comments… but it’s boring after you’ve seen it once. #sorrynotsorry
Ben: This is nice and clean. I also appreciate the references to my favourite Batman movie at 68A: Ones that [in Michael Caine’s voice] just want to watch the world burn, informally (PYROS) and my favourite Disney movie at 34A: Disney sidekick who keeps insisting he’s not a lizard because he “don’t do that tongue thing” (MUSHU).
Lena: The last Pixar film I saw was “Up” on an airplane, already drunkish, drinking nasty plane wine and sobbing. I don’t really watch Pixar/Disney… I only know things about “Frozen” from crossword puzzles.
Ben: Liked FROG PRINCE (10D: Fairy tale figure who croaks before his big kiss), but I had TOAD PRINCE for ages, so that made the NE hard for me. (I also had DAD for 22A: Patriarchy member instead of GUY.)
Max: I got to play the FROG PRINCE in a production of The Brother’s Grimm Spectularathon. Basically a wacky rundown of all of the Grimm fairy tales. Got to wear a dress with 3 different wigs and a beak, cycling through Cinderella, her evil Stepmother, her two evil Stepsisters, and the Birds that eventually peck out the The stepsister’s eyes. Lots of fun.
BUT BACK TO THE PUZZLE! I got royally screwed by bad clue reading. Only read the “American Horror Story” part of the clue for HOTEL(14D: “American Horror Story:___” (the one with Lady Gaga as a sexually liberated bloodsucking immortal fashionista) and typed in COVEN. Which almost works! <sad face>
Lena: I had BOY instead of GUY, and ROAR instead of RAWR (30A: It means “I love you” in dinosaur speak, apparently)
Max: Oh, and quick shout out to the remarkable restaint shown on ERECT(65A: Straight up). I know I wouldn’t have such restraint for a BZF puzzle. When I see a word like that, it’s “hard” not to get “excited.” (sorry)
Ben: For some reason, 32A: Device usually obtained about halfway through a “Legend of Zelda” dungeon didn’t click for me for ages — I kept trying to jam in COMPASS instead of ITEM. I’m not sure “device” and ITEM are really synonymous, but whatever. Also took me a while to see NY GIANTS (39D: Super Bowl XLVI winners), as I’m not really an NFL fan.
Lena: I liked YOINK (52D: [=O There’s only one french fry left… don’t mind if I do!]. I also wanted to find something different in that dungeon– an OCARINA! The OWL clue (26D: Real head-turner?) has that easy-going misdirection I enjoy– Misdirection Lite.
Max: Agreed– I actually stop for a sec and noticed how nicely worded and SMOOOTH that clue was. I like the clue on COIN SORTER(29D: It handles a lot of change really well). Nice misdirection without the need for a “?” clue.
Overall, a nicely filled puzzle with an easy theme– 4.1/5 for me. maXWORD out!