Monday, April 26, 2010

NYT Tuesday 4/27/10 - Differently Abled

My experience with this Tuesday New York Times crossword was again of discovering the basis for the theme when all the theme answers were in place; though today I knew from past experience that the circled letters would be jumbles/anagrams of the same set of letters and used that assumption to help deduce the long answers as I encountered them from top to bottom.

Again, there were no great impediments to progress and I found it possible to work straight down the grid: the unfilled gaps that need to be returned to for a second attempt only become common from midweek onwards and are unusual on a Tuesday.

The one answer which completely flummoxed me was SAE at 55-Across. I only know this as a stamped addressed envelope (which it turns out is a UK-specific initialism). Today the constructor rang the changes in a big way with a reference to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. I had no clue what was going on here, so was very careful to double-check the three crossing answers.
Solving time: 5 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 66d dot {Half of a colon}

Oliver Hill
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]


Different jumbles of BLADE are embedded in the long across answers, as indicated by 62a switchblade {Street weapon ... or a hint to the circled letters in this puzzle}.
17a Cain and Abel {Genesis duo}
21a bed lamp {It's found on a nightstand}
29a handlebar {Certain mustache shape}
38a heated blanket {Means of staying toasty at night}
50a bald eagle {American symbol}
57a enabled {Made possible}
 Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersOliver Hill / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 42 (18.7%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.69)
Theme squares67 (36.6%)
Scrabble points274 (average 1.50)
FeatureLipogram (U absent)
Video of the Day

22d Los {___ Lonely Boys (rock band)}. Los Lonely Boys are a rock band from San Angelo, Texas. They play a style of music which they dub as Texican Rock n' Roll, combining elements of rock and roll, blues, soul, country, and Tejano. The band consists of three brothers, Henry (guitar, vocals), Jojo (bass guitar, vocals), and Ringo (drums, vocals). They follow the tradition of their father, Ringo Garza Sr., who formed a band with his brothers called The Falcones. The above clip is their cover of Santana's "Evil Ways".

The Doctor is IN

55a SAE {Major coll. fraternity}. Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded at the University of Alabama on March 9, 1856. Of all existing national social fraternities today, SAE is the only one founded in the Antebellum South.

69a Olga {Bond girl Kurylenko}. Olga Kurylenko played Camille Montes in Quantum of Solace.

4d men {Target audience of Details magazine}. Details is a men's monthly, primarily devoted to fashion and lifestyle.

31d let a {"___ thousand flowers bloom"}. The quoted phrase is how the slogan of the Hundred Flowers Campaign is remembered in the West.

53d Olson {Johnny who used to cry "Come on down!"}. Johnny Olson (1910–1985) - his work as a television announcer spanned 32 game shows produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman from the late 1950s through the mid 1980s.

Image of the Day

Detroit Industry (South Wall) by Diego Rivera

14a Rivera {Artist Diego}. Diego Rivera (1886–1957) was born Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez in Guanajuato, Gto. He was a world-famous Mexican painter, an active Communist, and husband of Frida Kahlo, 1929–1939 and 1940–1954 (her death). Rivera's large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance. The above mural is one of a pair at the Detroit Institute of Arts entitled Detroit Industry; painted between 1932 and 1933, it is considered by Rivera himself to be his most successful work. 

Other Clues

1a atomic {Tiny}; 7a Act V {End of a Shakespeare play}; 11a CDs {MP3 holders}; 15a bore {One who talks only about himself, say}; 16a hen {Egg layer}; 19a era {Historical time}; 20a nor {Fish-fowl connector}; 23a Obi {___-Wan with the Force}; 26a pal {Chum}; 28a stop it! {"Enough!"}; 33a so-so {Not great, but not awful either}; 34a screen {TV part}; 35a megs {Computer capacity, informally}; 43a Arod {Yankee nickname starting in 2004}; 44a rein in {Control, as expenses}; 46a iced {Treated, as a sprained ankle}; 52a game on! {"Let's play!"}; 56a red {Sunburned}; 59a in a {"___ moment!" ("Don't rush me!")}; 61a toi {French pronoun}; 68a ill {Under the weather}; 70a ocelot {Spotted feline}; 71a TAs {Profs.' helpers}; 72a NYSE {Wall Street inits.}; 73a estate {Darcy's Pemberley, e.g., in "Pride and Prejudice"}.

1d arc {Parabola, e.g.}; 2d Tia {___ Maria}; 3d ovi- {Prefix with duct}; 5d Iran {Country with a Guardian Council}; 6d can-opener {One use of a Swiss Army knife}; 7d ABA {Lawyers' org.}; 8d Cobb {Ty with batting titles}; 9d trees {Sequoias, e.g.}; 10d veldt {Open grassland}; 11d cheapo {Penny-pincher, slangily}; 12d dermis {Skin layer}; 13d snap to {Wake with a start}; 18d drab {Blah}; 23d ohs {Cries of surprise}; 24d Bach {"The Well-Tempered Clavier" composer}; 25d in re {Memo starter}; 27d lambdas {Greek L's}; 30d DEA {Org. monitoring narcotics smuggling}; 32d Rel. {Bible study: Abbr.}; 36d garden hoe {Tool you can lean on}; 37d snee {Snick's partner}; 39d DOB {When you entered this world: Abbr.}; 40d Kia {Seoul-based automaker}; 41d Engr. {Hwy. planner}; 42d tile {10-point Q, e.g.}; 45d Ned {Actor Beatty}; 46d I get it {"That's clear"}; 47d canola {Kind of oil}; 48d emails {Contacts via the Net}; 49d deb {Girl with a coming-out party}; 51d laic {Secular}; 54d newly {As of late}; 58d digs {Shovels}; 60d ABC's {Rudimentary education}; 63d Tae {___ Bo}; 64d let {Redo, in tennis}; 65d à la {___ mode}; 66d dot {Half of a colon}; 67d été {Summer on the Seine}.


Ethan said...

For the life of me, I couldn't get the A in SAE/laic.

Crossword Man said...

Yes, SAE was surprisingly tough, even for Americans it seems. I knew laic though, which comes up fairly often. It has the same root as laity ... that's how I remember it.