Friday, June 26, 2009

NYT Saturday 6/27/09 - Coming Home

This is an abbreviated form of my usual blog post, as I'm on vacation with only occasional internet access. We're now back in Pennsylvania, but right across the state in Pittsburgh for a memorial service. Tomorrow we'll be back home, allowing the normal blogging routine to be resumed.

I loved solving this Saturday New York Times crossword, which combines a quality fill with great clues. In addition to the many nicely misleading cluing such as "Rock samples" for demo tapes, it's good to see the teasing way in which the familiar Post-its and cat litter etc get treated. 32-Down is about as devious as you can get with a misleading initial capital.
Solving time: 30 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 32d iotas {Is in Athens?}
Solution

Trip Payne
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Crucimetrics
CompilersTrip Payne / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 33 (14.7%) black squares
Answers68 (average length 5.65)
Theme squares0 (0.0%)
Scrabble points304 (average 1.58)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
The Clues

1a demo tapes {Rock samples}; 10a gnash {Rub together}; 15a one or more {Any}; 16a lento {"Proceed slowly"}; 17a red pepper {Salad ingredient}; 18a eager {Keen}; 19a Amis {Author of "Time's Arrow," 1991, a novel written in reverse chronological order}; 20a vespers {They're observed in the evening}; 22a Gia {Actress Scala}; 23a lackeys {Henchmen}; 27a Lee {"Pushing Daisies" star ___ Pace}; 28a set on fire {Lights}; 30a hood {Punk}; 31a self-conscious {Uncomfortable, in a way}; 33a été {Québec's Festival d'___}; 34a hoc {Post ___ (after-the-fact)}; 35a bless me father {Start of a confession}; 42a -crat {Auto finish?}; 43a Tomb Raider {Influential 1996 video game}; 45a hic {Drink whose name suggests its vitamin content}; 46a Post-its {Yellow squares, often}; 47a UVA {Sch. founded by a president}; 48a Roth IRA {Receiver of some contributions}; 50a MCIV {Year that Acre fell in the First Crusade}; 51a ice up {Freeze}; 52a ill at ease {Uncomfortable}; 57a shale {Oil source}; 58a cat litter {Contents of a certain household box}; 59a tells {Relates to}; 60a spritzers {Cocktails lacking hard liquor}.

1d do-rags {Rappers' wrappers}; 2d enemies {They're opposed}; 3d mediate {Talk to two 2-Down, say}; 4d oops {Mumble after a fumble}; 5d Tré {Hero of "Boyz N the Hood"}; 6d amp {Excite, with "up"}; 7d pop {___ psychology}; 8d ere {Outmoded preposition}; 9d servers {Waitstaff}; 10d Gless {Actress co-starring in TV's "Burn Notice"}; 11d neap {Spring's opposite}; 12d Angelou {"Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie" poet}; 13d stereos {They're often playing at home}; 14d horsed {Cut up, with "around"}; 21d eye chart {It begins with an E (in two ways)}; 23d lofts {Throws up}; 24d ancestor {Genealogical discovery}; 25d CFO {Budgetary bigwig, for short}; 26d kin {They have connections}; 29d sleet {Some pellets}; 30d Ho Chi {___ Minh}; 32d iotas {Is in Athens?}; 35d brioche {French bread}; 36d lacteal {Milky}; 37d mosaics {Multipart art}; 38d EMT {Defibrillator user, for short}; 39d FBI {RICO Act enforcer}; 40d educate {School}; 41d reviser {Agent of change}; 42d Christ {Word that first appears in Matthew 1:1}; 44d ravers {Movie critics, sometimes}; 46d pipes {Water bearers}; 49d hull {Bottom of the sea?}; 50d Metz {Birthplace of poet Paul Verlaine}; 53d lap {You could stand to lose it}; 54d ltr. {Delta, for one: Abbr.}; 55d Ali {BBC's Sports Personality of the Century}; 56d tit {Black-throated ___ (Asian bird)}.

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