11.04.14 — Critic

Norman Rockwell, The Art Critic, (1955)


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Puzzle by Joel Fagliano / Edited by Will Shortz

Five two-word phrases clued to become critical constitutes the interrelated group of this fine Tuesday crossword:

MOON ROCKS (18A. Critic’s positive review of drummer Keith of the Who?)
HOUSE / RULES (31A., 40A. With 40-Across, critic’s positive review of a Fox medical drama?)
BIG STINKS (55A. Critic’s negative review of a 1988 Hanks film?)
LOVE BITES (3D. Critic’s negative review of singer Courtney?)
TIME SUCKS (32D. Critic’s negative review of a newsmagazine?), time sucks? 

Other — BLOGGED (36A. Posted an opinion, maybe); GROUP HUGS (8D. Many “Family Feud” celebrations); HOLY SYNOD (31D. Eastern Catholic ruling body); iPHONES (45A. Galaxy competitors); PRITHEE (25A. Please, quaintly); REMBRANDTS (24D. Band that sang the “Friends” theme song “I’ll Be There for You,” with “the”); SNIVEL (27A. Whine tearfully); THE WAVE (4D. Stand-up routine?); TRAINED EYE (15D. Asset for an umpire or editor).


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