Constructor: Joel Fagliano
Relative Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Word of the Day: MOLLY Ringwald
Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. Her first major role was in The Facts of Life (1979–80) before making her motion picture debut in the independent film Tempest (1982) that earned her a Golden Globe nomination. After subsequently appearing in the successful John Hughes filmsSixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), andPretty in Pink (1986), Ringwald became a teen icon. She later starred in The Pick-up Artist (1987), and For Keeps (1988). She starred in many films in the 1990s, most notablySomething to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story (1992) and The Stand (1994). Ringwald is part of the "Brat Pack" and she was ranked number 1 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.She has played Anne Juergens in the ABC Family show The Secret Life of the American Teenager and released her debut album Except Sometimes in early 2013. (Wikipedia)
Another not-completely-horrible puzzle! I might have to actually put the cap on my metaphorical red pen! Don't want that thing to get too dry.
I genuinely don't see anything I loathe. ALGAE [6A: Pond buildup] is pretty uninteresting, as is ANGLO [2D: ___-Sason]. Hard to get excited about either way, really. I did get SCUM stuck in my head for ALGAE, but that's hardly worth remarking on.
It's good to see MOLLY [7A: Actress Ringwald of "Pretty in Pink" and "The Breakfast Club"]. Did she become an ambassador or something? No, I guess I'm thinking of Ginger Spice. Oh yeah, Molly Ringwald was in The Stand? Forgot about that.
I've never heard of a COLOR commentator, so that was kind of informative [1D: Word before television of commentary]. Got it pretty easily from the television part though, at least after having the C of CARP in there already [1A: Fish whose name also means "complain"]. I like interpreting "name" in that phrase as, like, Jeff or something. Jeff the fish.
Ooh, Phil Fish? Yeah, that guy complains a lot.
Like Fish, I am both a LONER and an [5A: Antisocial type], so I feel like there's some daylight between those two terms to be explored. Like I think you can be a LONER who is not actually antisocial. If you really are antisocial, doesn't that imply you are not *lonely*, and hence not a loner? Hashtag overthinking it.
PREY [4D: Field mouse to a red-tailed hawk, e.g.] is decent. That nice grey area where you don't have to really *know* the datum being referenced but it's pretty obvious what word could go there. With crosses, it's cake. Well, actually it's still PREY. But it's easy to figure out also.
Signed, Jonathan Gibson greyscale commentator of CrossWorld