Constructor: Joel Fagliano
Relative Difficulty: Medium
Word of the Day: LUMET
Sidney Arthur Lumet (/luːˈmɛt/ loo-met; June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, but he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for ten, winning four.
The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the modern era, having directed more than one movie a year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors," "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was also known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than "any other director." Sean Connery, who acted in five of his films, considered him one of his favorite directors, and a director who had that "vision thing." (Wikipedia)
Hey, you personally forgot to wish my crossword blog a happy one-month anniversary! Shame on you for doing that!
Today we've got yet another reasonably competent puzzle from Joel Fagliano. This makes what, three in a row?! I'm almost disappointed because I've very little to complain about here. Except for A LIE; obviously that sucks [2D: "That's ____ and you know it!"]. I suppose I've never met a partial I didn't loathe. But there's enough good stuff that I almost didn't notice it.
Like BIBLE BELT, for instance [4A/4D: much of the Southeast U.S. is in it]. That's a fantastic answer, and it really ties the grid together. I like the way it spans across the puzzle, much like the BIBLE BELT itself. Well, except for that OAF up there in the north [1A: Buffoon]. I don't know how he got outside the belt, but there he is. Too bad that this BIBLE BELT is in the west and north, unlike the real one. For a second I was gonna say it's fitting for IMUS [5D: Radio host Don] to be crossing BIBLE BELT, because I mistakenly thought he was a conservative asshole. Turns out he's just an asshole.
Hey, did you know Don Imus kinda looks like both Robert Redford and John Cage? He totally does. I was going to post a side-by-side comparison here but apparently I'm the first person on the internet to figure this out, and I don't feel like making the image myself. I'm also NOT going to link you to the "Top 25 Men Who Looks Like Old Lesbians" listicle he's on that I found. You can find it yourself. Go ahead. It's on Cracked. He's #21.
Hello, Sidney LUMET, one of my favorite directors [7A: "12 Angry Men" director Sidney]. It's nice to see you again. Actually, looking at his filmography I'm noticing I've only seen something like four of his seven or so THOUSAND movies, which is shameful. So maybe I can't legitimately claim to hold him as a favorite. You will note that 12 Angry Men (his first film!) and Network are two of the greatest films ever though (biiiig difference in tone between those two...).
I'm slightly confused by EMAIL [6A: Part of the Sony hack]. I never learned the entire story about that whole thing. Is the answer meant to mean one single email or several? See, both EMAIL and PART are grammatically ambiguous so it's not clear. I guess it hinges on whether EMAIL(S) were the only target of the hack...which it looks like they weren't. There was also a bunch of other stuff like unreleased films and peoples' personal information. So I guess it's "part" in the broad sense (made up of a whole bunch of the same type of thing instead of just one thing), and EMAIL in the uncountable sense. The PART comprises a big goop of EMAIL, and the big goop of EMAIL composes the PART (Said part and whatever other parts in turn compose the hack). Uh oh. Wait, can an uncountable noun compose anything by itself? Isn't that a contradiction in terms, since grammatically it's just one element?
Ok, you know what? That clue sucks. But the rest of this puzzle's pretty good. Now go watch some great American art that is somehow available on YouTube even though it's not supposed to be:
Signed, Jonathan Gibson, bible suspenders of CrossWorld