Grammy-nominated psychedelic music act with an animal in its identify / TUE 3-7-23 / Brewpub order that is tart to the style / Huge fish catcher / 2010s HBO drama sequence that starred Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman


Constructor: Enrique Henestroza Anguiano and Matthew Inventory

Relative problem: Very Simple

THEME: OPPOSITES ATTRACT (42A: Saying about appropriate companions … as prompt by the begins of the solutions to this puzzle’s starred clues?) — first two phrases of every phrase are acquainted pairs of “opposites”; their juxtaposition constitutes the “attraction”:

Theme solutions:

  • OFF ON A LARK (18A: *Doing one thing only for enjoyable)
  • BIG LITTLE LIES (25A: *2010s HBO drama sequence that starred Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman)
  • LEFT RIGHT AWAY (53A: *Made a hasty exit)
  • OUT IN FRONT (67A: *Main the cost)

Phrase of the Day: TAME IMPALA (10D: Grammy-nominated psychedelic music act with an animal in its identify) —

Tame Impala is the psychedelic music mission of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker. Within the recording studio, Parker writes, information, performs, and produces the entire mission’s music. As a touring act, Tame Impala consists of Parker (vocals, guitar, synthesizer), Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesiser), Jay Watson (synthesiser, vocals, guitar), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals, synthesizer), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). The group has a detailed affiliation with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Pond, sharing members and collaborators, together with Nick Allbrook, previously a reside member of Tame Impala. Initially signed to Modular Recordings, Tame Impala is now signed to Interscope Records in the US and Fiction Records within the UK.

Parker initially conceived the mission in Perth in 2007. After a sequence of singles and EPs, Tame Impala’s debut studio album, Innerspeaker, was launched in 2010; it was licensed gold in Australia and nicely acquired by critics. Parker’s 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was additionally acclaimed, reaching platinum standing in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Tame Impala’s third album, Currents, was launched in July 2015, and like its predecessor, it gained ARIA Awards for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. Parker gained the APRA Award for Track of the Yr 2016 for Currents first monitor, “Let It Happen“. The fourth studio album, The Slow Rush, was launched on 14 February 2020. On the 2020 ARIA Music Awards, Tame Impala gained 5 trophies. (wikipedia)

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I do not know if the truth that TAME IMPALA’s newest album known as The Gradual Rush is meant to be some form of Easter Egg on this puzzle, or if it is only a wild coincidence, however both approach, I appreciated the little wink there, Enrique and Matt. The best way I do know this can be a fairly good Tuesday is that I did not wince or flinch and once I hit the revealer, I appeared up on the theme solutions I already had in place and mumbled to myself, “Hmm, good.” OFF/ON, BIG/LITTLE, sure, these are iconic opposites, and sure they’re attracted to one another, in a approach, as they sit (considerably sarcastically) proper subsequent to one another on the opening of every reply they seem in. If I needed to quibble (not likely my type … 🙂 I’d say that solely BIG LITTLE LIES options  “opposites” which can be true opposites—that’s, phrases which can be getting used as literal opposites of their precise puzzle solutions. Huge in measurement, little in measurement, sure. OFF/ON, LEFT/RIGHT, OUT/IN, none of these pairs are getting used of their “opposing” senses. That’s, they don’t seem to be opposed to one another by definition. LEFT and RIGHT are reverse *instructions* however they don’t seem as such of their theme reply. The others are all being utilized in prepositional ways in which don’t have anything to do with their iconic pairings as “opposites.” OFF isn’t the “reverse” of ON in its phrase, OUT isn’t the “reverse” of IN in its phrase. So BIG LITTLE LIES is an outlier—however the good type. The one which represents the truest expression of the theme. Nonetheless, I feel the truth that the primary two phrases are instantly and clearly recognizable as opposites, even when that is not how they’re getting used, is sufficient to make this theme work. I take a look at the grid, I see OFF/ON, BIG/LITTLE, LEFT/RIGHT, OUT/IN, each phrases proper subsequent to one another in every case … taken as pairs, dissociated from their quick context, they’re very acquainted pairs of “opposites,” so … OK! 

I suppose I’d additionally quibble a bit of with the OFF a part of OFF ON A LARK. The acquainted phrase is ON A LARK. You do one thing ON A LARK. The OFF feels tacked on and fewer iconic. OFF ON A SPREE, a TOOT, an ADVENTURE, a TANGENT, and so on. These all sound far more right to my ear. If I sort [Off on a] into Google, this is what it thinks I would like:

No LARK in sight. However once more, even when it isn’t proper on the cash, I feel it is shut sufficient. I can not say “nobody would ever say that,” however I’ll say that my first intuition was not LARK however TOOT,—not as a result of TOOT is *so* nice, however as a result of it sounded extra doubtless *and* as a result of that is the NYTXW, which loves quaint bygone phrases like “on a TOOT.” Which jogs my memory, the fill on this puzzle does, at instances, have a form of quaint, bygone really feel to it in locations, with STENO POSER BALOO and MA’AM, after which a bunch of time-worn repeaters (ESOS OSO AGO EGOS ICI ITO, to say nothing of that complete RUPEE ETTA ALOT ANA part). I believed the longer solutions have been actually stable, although. TAME IMPALA would be the far far outlier in the present day, when it comes to solver familiarity, however like all the opposite popular culture stuff in the present day, they have been in my wheelhouse, so no issues right here. I really like a SOUR BEER, although I actually needed SOUR ALE there … unsure why that phrase feels extra acquainted (43D: Brewpub order that is tart to the style). Anyway, did not take me lengthy to sub in BEER. I really like SUPERFOODS and I superlove that they clued it as “adspeak,” sure, thanks. All in all, an fulfilling little Tuesday. Two good early-week puzzles in a row! Makes me really feel good. There’s just one factor to do in a second like this …


See you tomorrow.

Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld

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