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davey wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:55 pm
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THE WEST COAST

Approximately 750 feet separate the brass and terrazzo monuments to these two US presidents.
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I don't think I'd be off-base complaining about the choice of the word "monument" here.
It struck me as odd too. But what word would you suggest?
tiles
markers?
Commemorations? (Although that may be slightly negbaity, as one could read it as being a commemoration to their presidency, which is not the case here).

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seaborgium wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:32 pm
Volante wrote:
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AFRET CMS wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:26 pm
When I saw this one in yesterdays NYT Sunday crossword, I thought it could make a good FJ:

U.S. GEOGRAPHY

It's the only state capital that shares no letters with the name of its state.
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Pierre, South Dakota
Ooh, nice...but needs narrowing down somehow; it's not a 30 sec clue.
It did get narrowed down.
I'll be darned -- guess I shared writer's opinion that it would be a good FJ topic. Glad Sg has a great memory.
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ENGINEERS

He designed the metal framework of the Statue of Liberty.
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Who is Gustave Eiffel?

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Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:07 pm
ENGINEERS

He designed the metal framework of the Statue of Liberty.
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Who is Gustave Eiffel?
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Seriously? That was my desperation guess to avoid leaving it blank.

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mas3cf wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:07 pm
ENGINEERS

He designed the metal framework of the Statue of Liberty.
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Who is Gustave Eiffel?
I knew this one, and it's not because I'm smart. I'm pretty sure this fact came up recently on the board although for the life of me I can't remember the context.

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heppm01 wrote:
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mas3cf wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:07 pm
ENGINEERS

He designed the metal framework of the Statue of Liberty.
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Who is Gustave Eiffel?
I knew this one, and it's not because I'm smart. I'm pretty sure this fact came up recently on the board although for the life of me I can't remember the context.
It's been a high-value DJ! clue several times, but with a TOM of
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French
- but I think the last time was 2 or 3 years ago.

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talkingaway wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:50 am
heppm01 wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:44 am
mas3cf wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:07 pm
ENGINEERS

He designed the metal framework of the Statue of Liberty.
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Who is Gustave Eiffel?
I knew this one, and it's not because I'm smart. I'm pretty sure this fact came up recently on the board although for the life of me I can't remember the context.
It's been a high-value DJ! clue several times, but with a TOM of
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French
- but I think the last time was 2 or 3 years ago.
I deliberately left that TOM out of there to make you have to think about
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where it was made
...

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mas3cf wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:07 pm
ENGINEERS

He designed the metal framework of the Statue of Liberty.
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Who is Gustave Eiffel?



I got it on an educated guess, as I knew the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France.

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ETYMOLOGY

Fu Tai is one of the world's leading manufacturers of these items whose name means "little shadow."
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VICE PRESIDENTS

The only post-Civil War VP to hold that office in exactly 2 different calendar years.
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THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY

Due to COVID-19, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre rescheduled their performance of this work to the 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th of December.
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What is the Ring Cycle?
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mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:07 am
THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY

Due to COVID-19, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre rescheduled their performance of this opera to the 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th of December.
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What is the Ring Cycle?
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Good clue, with a tricky TOM, but is the Ring Cycle a single opera?

Too bad they couldn't stretch it to a fifth day, call it the Five Golden Ring Cycle for the holidays.

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MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:09 pm
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:07 am
THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY

Due to COVID-19, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre rescheduled their performance of this opera to the 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th of December.
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What is the Ring Cycle?
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Good clue, with a tricky TOM, but is the Ring Cycle a single opera?

Too bad they couldn't stretch it to a fifth day, call it the Five Golden Ring Cycle for the holidays.
Changed one word to hopefully improve accuracy...

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MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:09 pm
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:07 am
THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY

Due to COVID-19, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre rescheduled their performance of this opera to the 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th of December.
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What is the Ring Cycle?
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Good clue, with a tricky TOM, but is the Ring Cycle a single opera?

Too bad they couldn't stretch it to a fifth day, call it the Five Golden Ring Cycle for the holidays.
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No, the Ring Cycle is 4 operas, not an opera in 4 parts. And there would be nothing odd about an opera company doing 4 performances of a single opera over 4 days, so that's not an easy way in, either...

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U.S. GEOGRAPHY

These two state capitals are the most populous cities in their respective time zones.
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mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:07 am
THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY

Due to COVID-19, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre rescheduled their performance of this work to the 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th of December.
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What is the Ring Cycle?
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If they're ones performing it, wouldn't it be the Riing Cycle?

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davey wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:14 pm
MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:09 pm
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:07 am
THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY

Due to COVID-19, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre rescheduled their performance of this work to the 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th of December.
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What is the Ring Cycle?
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Good clue, with a tricky TOM, but is the Ring Cycle a single opera?

Too bad they couldn't stretch it to a fifth day, call it the Five Golden Ring Cycle for the holidays.
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No, the Ring Cycle is 4 operas, not an opera in 4 parts. And there would be nothing odd about an opera company doing 4 performances of a single opera over 4 days, so that's not an easy way in, either...
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Yeah, I'm with Davey (as I invariably am, right Davey?) I thought of the Ring Cycle as possibly corresponding to the four nights, but there was nothing about St. Petersburg that made that seem particularly plausible. In fact, the location was sort of an anti-TOM for me and I tried to re-orient myself (ha ha) toward Russian works. I ended up going with The Nutcracker, but that's silly too. The December dates don't suggest a postponement.

The clue could be retooled to refer to the Bayreuth Festival which did indeed suspend performances for this summer. But it doesn't look like they were planning to do a whole Ring Cycle, just Walküre. (I could be wrong there.) However, rehearsal suspensions have led them to postpone their new (I think next?) Ring Cycle to 2022. There's a clue in there somewhere.

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davey wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:14 pm
MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:09 pm
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:07 am
THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY

Due to COVID-19, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre rescheduled their performance of this opera to the 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th of December.
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What is the Ring Cycle?
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Good clue, with a tricky TOM, but is the Ring Cycle a single opera?

Too bad they couldn't stretch it to a fifth day, call it the Five Golden Ring Cycle for the holidays.
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No, the Ring Cycle is 4 operas, not an opera in 4 parts. And there would be nothing odd about an opera company doing 4 performances of a single opera over 4 days, so that's not an easy way in, either...
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Performance (singular) over 4 days, not performances.
That is the key to the clue...

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mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:06 pm
davey wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:14 pm
MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:09 pm
mas3cf wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:07 am
THE DREADED OPERA CATEGORY

Due to COVID-19, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre rescheduled their performance of this opera to the 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th of December.
Spoiler
What is the Ring Cycle?
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Good clue, with a tricky TOM, but is the Ring Cycle a single opera?

Too bad they couldn't stretch it to a fifth day, call it the Five Golden Ring Cycle for the holidays.
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No, the Ring Cycle is 4 operas, not an opera in 4 parts. And there would be nothing odd about an opera company doing 4 performances of a single opera over 4 days, so that's not an easy way in, either...
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Performance (singular) over 4 days, not performances.
That is the key to the clue...
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I see what you're saying, but I'm not quite buying it. "Performance" can be pluralized for the reason you suggest, but I don't think it needs to be. It can simply be used as a synonym for "performing". Even if I completely agreed with you, I'd say the distinction is far too subtle. There have been far worse syntactical nightmares in FJ clues. I don't trust the writers enough to seize upon so fine a distinction and let it govern my response. I still say the Bayreuth angle is the way to go. The St. Petersburg venue is a red herring and a distractor.

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RADIO

According to Statista, it's the most common radio station format in the US, with 2,179 stations as of January 2019.
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What is country? (not the most popular music genre overall, but it is in rural areas, and most of the country's land area is rural.)

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