Constructor: Joel Fagliano
Relative Difficulty: Medium
Word of the Day: DAVID BOWIE
Look, here's the thing you need to know about David Bowie. If you're coming across this blog 100 years from now and this is your only relic of the early 21st century, and you're attempting to get a sense of the era and its people this is really all the information you require. David Bowie was Totally Fucking Amazing. And I say this as someone who was a) not really all that familiar with his repertoire, b) not especially enamored with what little material I've heard and c) not even particularly inspired to attempt to change this in the near future. HOWEVER, I DO think David Bowie was pretty fucking rad, and I can't really tell you why. It's just kind of one of those things. He's probably like the perfect meta-commentary on what a rock star is or something.
Wait, David Bowie? Right! DAVID BOWIE [5A/7A: "Space Oddity" singer] is totally part of this puzzle! I would have liked a more ambitious clue here, like maybe something even I as basically a David Bowie noob would not have automatically known right off the bat without having to think about it. But That's Showbiz, I guess! Huhh!!! Even people like Joel Fagliano gots to go with the SAFE clues every now and then [1A: Ump's outstretched-arms call]. Couldn't have our constructors putting actual effort into the cluing, could we? Might tend to make the puzzle interesting, and we can't have that, can we?
I do imagine DAVID BOWIE might have been pleased to be placed across a SAMOA [1D: Girl Scout cookie], as it is obviously the best Girl Scout Cookie there is. Yeah, sorry, Thin Mints, but you know it's true. Jeez, what is the deal with the girl scouts and fucking baked goods, amiright? I never got to bake SHIT as a boy scout.
And how about EDGE [4D: Place Yes got "close to" on a 1972 album]?? Is that a freakin' unbelievable reference or what? Yup, which is why the actual clue is [4D: Helpful kind of piece for a jigsaw puzzle doer], Which, in my circles, is approximately AS radical. Jigsaws is all right, is whatumsayin'.
I think DABS [5D: Applies with a cotton ball] would have been better clued as "Nickname for Dabney Coleman".
Signed, Jonathan Gibson, WOPR of CrossWorld