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Vancouver Island metropolis for which a chocolate deal with is known as / 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: Straightforward-ish (felt fairly quick for me, but it surely was additionally straight in my wheelhouse)

THEME: As soon as, Twice, er… Two Instances a Girl 53A – With 60-Throughout establishment through which 19-, 25- and 37-Throughout are (up to now) the one three girls ever to be inducted twice

Phrase of the Day: NANAIMO (12D: Vancouver Island metropolis for which a chocolate deal with is known as)

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 named “The Harbour Metropolis.” Town was beforehand often called the “Hub Metropolis,” which was attributed to its unique structure 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 known as 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 an additional day of enjoyable (and apparently your second day in a row be a Liverpool fan)! I am spending a uncommon wet few days in LA catching up on a number of the films I missed within the final yr – Glass Onion, Bros, RRR, Prime Gun Maverick, and Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe. It is a fairly eclectic combine, however I really preferred all of them rather a lot. As we speak’s puzzle seems to be the NYT debut for Josh Goodman, and in response to his Twitter bio he is additionally remixed the Comedy Bang Bang plug bag theme 3 occasions, so he is good individuals in my ebook (#OhNo). 

As for the puzzle itself, I believe I loved it. The fill stretches skinny in just a few locations, but it surely’s plenty of theme to slot in for a Wednesday. By its very nature, the puzzle has plenty 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-Throughout establishment through which 19-, 25- and 37-Throughout are (up to now) the one three girls ever to be inducted twice)
  • HALL OF FAME (60A: See 53-Throughout)

Relating to the theme, I suppose my solely query is, “Why now?” This yr’s induction ceremony was nearly 2 months in the past. If you are going to run one thing that seems like a tribute or occasion puzzle, I’ll search for a cause. Ah nicely. A minimum of it is a tight group of themers and a very good excuse to submit some nice music. Tina Turner and Carole King even have had biographical jukebox musicals on Broadway, however not Stevie Nicks (what a narrative that could possibly be). I digress.

I stated above that the puzzle was easy-ish, however wanting again over it to weblog, I am seeing just a few 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 a whole clean for me. Do not know the town, do not know the deal with. It is enjoyable to be taught! I additionally did not know BENNET (47A: Brit who wrote “The Vanishing Half”), and looking out her up I used to be stunned to be taught that her NAME is Brit and that she’s really American. That is some actually stable cluing, assuming you already know the title.

Getting again to films of the yr, Bizarre Al went to Cal State Poly in San Luis OBISPO (6A) and wrote a track 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. Additionally, Janelle MONAE (67A) was in Glass Onion, and he or she was implausible in it, as one would possibly anticipate. Fairly certain I highlighted her final time I blogged right here, too.

Hey, look! I am within the grid! ELI (51A: Former Giants QB Manning). One in all my objectives in life is to be outstanding sufficient to develop into a brand new cluing choice. I’ve a methods to go. 

General,  this felt like a stable debut puzzle, bearing the heavy burden of attempting to determine what a Wednesday puzzle ought to be. I believe you may have Rafa right here tomorrow, however I will be again once more on Friday. See you all then!

Signed, Eli Selzer, False Dauphin of CrossWorld

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