Default – 336509 Words
New 10L 79S UNTALENTED
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UN* words make of the majority of longer Default entries starting with U. Scoring has progressed at a good clip, with most scores 60, 55, or 50. The entries ending -ED and -ING may cause a holdup as I check to see if they are adjectives or (also) verbs. I probably came across UNCLOUDED in the 9L list, scored it as an adjective, and moved on. UNCLOUDING prompted me to look up the verb UNCLOUD. It’s not in all dictionaries, but appears as both transitive and intransitive.
I have scattered memories of the premiere broadcasts Saturday Night Live’s early seasons. My brother was a fan of the early shows, and while part of him wanted to share with me his appreciation of Steve Martin and John Belushi another part was relieved that I usually asleep by the time it aired. When I was old enough to stay awake for SNL, the show was in its Dick Ebersol years and I imprinted on Piscopo and Murphy, and then later Crystal, Guest, and Short. It’s a period that received low regard in the grand scheme of SNL, but I remember it fondly as it represents my coming of age. While watching some reruns on Netflix, refamiliarizing myself with “You look mahvelous,” and “I hate when that happens,” I was was struck with the 16-letter catchphrase of fictional songwriter Irving Cohen, intermittently directed to an omnipresent offstage pianist just before the aging Vaudevillian, played by Martin Short, would gambol off into an impromptu lyric construction. When trying out this seed in a 16×16 grid, I found an opportunity to fit in MICROWAVEPOPCORN, also on my seed list, and recent Notepad addition LIKEUSONFACEBOOK. The seed entry at 18-Across proved to be a challenge for some solvers, but I chalk it up to a bit of self-indulgence, which is the wont of an constructor in an indie context.