Monday, May 31, 2010

NYT Monday 5/31/10 - Hey Mr. DJ

I didn't get to solve this Monday New York Times crossword until the morning, as we spent Sunday evening watching our local AA baseball team, the BMets, trounce those sporters of Chief Wahoo (first encountered in a recent puzzle), the Akron Aeros, in a lively match with several homers.

Wave FieldI considered the possibility that today's puzzle would tie in with Memorial Day, but didn't really expect a relevant theme. Was the cluing nevertheless adjusted to fit the occasion? There's Maya Lin at 31-Down and that Key verse at 37-Across, but perhaps that's just my take on the clues ... if you go looking for references to past wars in any given puzzle, you'll undoubtedly find them.

For contrast, then, here's another striking Maya Lin installation, the Wave Field in memory of François-Xavier Bagnoud at the University of Michigan (1995).

The DJ theme was evident almost immediately, from dirty jokes, and I kept it firmly in mind as I worked through the grid. This may account a record-equally solving time, or maybe it was just that most of the answers seemed to offer themselves up without the usual hesitations and workings around.
Solving time: 4 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 17a dirty jokes {Blue things that make some people turn red?}
Solution

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

Theme

Two-part answers starting D and J, as indicated by 25d deejays {Record spinners ... or a hint to 17-, 25-, 38-, 48- and 61-Across}.
17a dirty jokes {Blue things that make some people turn red?}
25a desk jobs {Nine-to-five gigs, often}
38a Don Juan {Womanizer}
48a Dow Jones {Company with an industrial average}
61a denim jeans {Wrangler product}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersOliver Hill / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 36 (16.0%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.85)
Theme squares47 (24.9%)
Scrabble points324 (average 1.71)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Video of the Day



65a A Trip {"___ to the Moon" (first science fiction film, 1902)}. A Trip to the Moon (French: Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French black and white silent science fiction film. It is based loosely on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells. The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston. The film runs 14 minutes if projected at 16 frames per second, which was the standard frame rate at the time the film was produced. It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès. A Trip to the Moon is the first science fiction film, and utilizes innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of the spaceship landing in the moon's eye. It was named one of the 100 greatest films of the 20th century by The Village Voice, ranking in at #84. The above version is narrated by Matthew Hawes, reading from "the actual script that Méliès wrote to be read along with the film".

The Doctor is IN

21a Mos {Actor/rapper ___ Def}. Mos Def is the stage name of American actor and MC Dante Terrell Smith-Bey.

54a Sal {"My gal" of song}. Paul Dresser's song My Gal Sal is also the title of the musical based on his life.

Image of the Day


Vietnam War Memorial

31d Lin {Architect Maya}. Maya Lin is an American artist and architect who is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art. Her best-known work is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. which was ranked tenth on the "List of America's Favorite Architecture" by the American Institute of Architects in 2007.

Other Clues

1a aging {Growing older}; 6a rasp {Tool for horses' hooves}; 10a bibs {Protective wear for lobster eaters}; 14a Ionia {Region of ancient Asia Minor}; 15a I see {"Hmm ..."}; 16a amat {Amo, amas, ___ ...}; 19a Abby {"Dear ___"}; 20a stereos {Sound systems}; 23a rye {Seedy loaf}; 24a ore {Metal in a mountain}; 27a oft {Frequently, to Donne}; 30a bled {Ran, as colors}; 32a Iago {"Othello" villain}; 33a HRH {Title for a prince or princess: Abbr.}; 34a Ilie {Tennis's Nastase}; 35a en bloc {As one}; 37a o'er {"___ the ramparts we watched ..."}; 40a I'm a {"___ Loser" (Beatles song)}; 41a heehaw {Donkey's sound}; 43a a try {"Give it ___!"}; 44a OED {20-vol. reference work}; 45a Leah {Jacob's first wife}; 46a dyed {Not the original color}; 47a Srs. {Soon-to-be grads: Abbr.}; 50a rut {Relentless nine-to-five gig, e.g.}; 53a Rae {"Norma ___"}; 55a puniest {Easiest to beat up}; 59a Aden {Yemeni seaport}; 63a peke {Toy dog, briefly}; 64a état {Coup d'___}; 66a erst {Formerly, in old usage}; 67a Reba {Singer McEntire}; 68a molts {Sheds feathers, e.g.}.

1d aids {Helps}; 2d go it {___ alone (have no help)}; 3d in re {Concerning, in a memo}; 4d nitro {Explosive compound, in brief}; 5d gayer {More festive}; 6d rios {Spanish rivers}; 7d ask {Request}; 8d seemed {Appeared to be}; 9d pesos {Cuban coins}; 10d baa {Ewe's cry}; 11d imbroglios {Confused situations}; 12d baby boomer {Bill Clinton was the first one elected president}; 13d styes {Eye woes}; 18d Joe Blow {Ordinary fellow}; 22d skinny {Thin}; 26d jab {Quick boxing punch}; 27d oh! oh! {Cry of anticipation}; 28d freeloader {One who mooches}; 29d three weeks {How long the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament lasts}; 34d Idahos {Some potatoes}; 35d eardrum {It protects the tympanic cavity}; 36d cads {Rascals}; 39d Ute {Colorado tribe}; 42d haj {Journey to Mecca}; 46d delete {Undo, on a computer}; 48d drape {Hang loosely}; 49d Nader {Perennial presidential candidate Ralph}; 51d unjam {Fix, as a printer's feeder}; 52d tie to {Connect with}; 55d pita {Falafel bread}; 56d Earl {___ of Sandwich}; 57d snit {Vexed state}; 58d tsps. {Baking soda amts.}; 60d net {Mesh}; 62d nab {Arrest}.

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