Sunday, June 13, 2010

NYT Monday 6/14/10 - One-Way Trips

This Monday New York Times crossword amusingly indicates the connection between the theme answers by referencing what they're not (two-way trips). I certainly hadn't expected that on my one-way journey down the grid.

Things were going fairly well until I hit the bottom four rows or so and then found I was strangely unable to figure out a lot of the answers ... and one I thought I'd got right - fall for {Go south, as a stock market} at 58-Down - turned out to be wrong. Still, I got this area resolved reasonably quickly and recorded a respectable time for a Monday, if not my fastest ever.

Looking for images of the Gravina Island Bridge, I realized I'd been down that road before - yes, back on January 11 this year, when the same answer was part of a dental theme! Since the famous Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere hasn't been built, I'm rather stuck for images of it, and the politically biased one I used before will have to suffice.
Solving time: 5 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 12d aces {King beaters}

Mark Feldman
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]


One-way trips, suggested by something you wouldn't need for it ... 65a round-trip ticket {Traveler's option ... or what you won't get on a 17-, 27- or 48-Across?}

17a Highway to Heaven {1980s TV series starring Michael Landon}

27a Road to Perdition {2002 Tom Hanks/Paul Newman film}

Bridge to Nowhere
48a Bridge to Nowhere {Onetime Alaska boondoggle}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersMark Feldman / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 38 (16.9%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.79)
Theme squares60 (32.1%)
Scrabble points294 (average 1.57)
Video of the Day

29d Amati {Classic violin maker}. Amati is the name of a family of Italian violin makers, who flourished at Cremona from about 1549 to 1740. Andrea Amati (ca. 1505 – ca. 1578) was the earliest maker of violins whose instruments still survive today; indeed he seems more or less responsible for giving the instruments of the modern violin family their definitive profile. He was succeeded by his sons Antonio Amati (born ca. 1550) and Girolamo Amati (1551–1635); "The Brothers Amati", as they were known, implemented far-reaching innovations in design, including the perfection of the shape of the f-holes. Nicolò Amati (1596–1684) was the son of Girolamo Amati; he was the most eminent of the family, and improved the model adopted by the rest of the Amatis, producing instruments capable of yielding greater power of tone; of his pupils, the most famous were Antonio Stradivari and Andrea Guarneri, the first of the Guarneri family of violin makers. The above video celebrates a crazy tribute to Andrea Amati, in which modern-day violin makers create a huge violin shape on the banks of the Loire.

The Doctor is IN

39a Otaru {Japanese port}. Otaru is a city and port located in Shiribeshi, Hokkaidō, Japan, northwest of Sapporo.

18d Wait {Word repeated before "Don't Tell Me!"}. Reference to National Public Radio's radio game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

35d Nance {F.D.R. veep John ___ Garner}. John Nance Garner (1868–1967), nicknamed "Cactus Jack".

Image of the Day

A1 Steak Sauce

55d A-One {Popular steak sauce}. I tend to think it's cheating a little to treat A1 and A-One interchangeably ... but that's clearly the way of things and we should be prepared for it. A1 is a steak sauce and condiment for use with meat or game dishes. A1 was introduced to the United States by G.F. Heublein & Brothers, and was officially registered as a trademark in North America in 1895. The original steak sauce upon which A1 is based was created in 1824 by Henderson William Brand, one of the chefs to King George IV of the United Kingdom. Legend has it that the king declared it "A1" and the name was born.

Some slogans for A1 include:
  • "Don't cover it. Discover it, with A1." (1980s)
  • "Great Steak! Great fun! A1!" (1981)
  • "A1 makes hamburgers taste like steakburgers." (early 1980s)
  • "A1. How Steak is Done." (1990s)
  • "A1. Yeah, it's that important." (early-mid 2000s)
  • "A1: Makes beef sing." (current)
Other Clues

1a 'Bama {The Crimson Tide, informally}; 5a alps {Swiss peaks}; 9a atlas {Rand McNally product}; 14a Alex {Author Haley of "Roots" fame}; 15a hail {"___ Caesar!"}; 16a peace {Result of an armistice}; 20a at sea {Confused}; 21a sate {Fill to excess}; 22a mast {Sail holder}; 23a aim {A sharpshooter needs a good one}; 25a Els {Golf pro Ernie}; 36a ham {Easter roast}; 37a Mira {Actress Sorvino}; 38a Mensa {Organization for geniuses}; 42a nab {Catch red-handed}; 43a brain {Cranium contents}; 44a meter {Parking space adjunct}; 45a Otis {Elevator inventor Elisha}; 47a NEC {Big Japanese computer maker: Abbr.}; 52a Dem. {One in a blue state majority: Abbr.}; 53a two {A pair}; 54a gate {Yard entrance}; 57a ides {Time of danger for Caesar}; 61a in use {Occupied, as a lavatory}; 68a inner {Near the center}; 69a onus {Burden}; 70a hewn {Rough-___ (not smoothly finished)}; 71a needy {Impoverished}; 72a perk {Reserved parking space for an exec, maybe}; 73a ossa {Bones, anatomically}.

1d Baha {___ Men ("Who Let the Dogs Out" group)}; 2d alit {Touched down}; 3d megs {Computer capacity, in brief}; 4d axhead {Cutting part of a lumberjack's tool}; 5d aha! {Idea person's exclamation}; 6d lays {Puts down}; 7d pita {___ bread}; 8d slot {One-armed bandit}; 9d ape {Animal that beats its chest}; 10d teamster {Professional truck driver}; 11d lava {Volcano's output}; 12d aces {King beaters}; 13d sent {Already in the mail}; 19d heed {Obey}; 24d Mom {Pop's partner}; 26d limb {What a do-it-yourself swing may hang from}; 27d rhomb {Oblique-angled, four-sided figure}; 28d oater {Western, in slang}; 30d Pinot {___ grigio (wine)}; 31d Erato {Muse of love poetry}; 32d Rabin {Israel's Yitzhak}; 33d inane {Nonsensical}; 34d osier {Willow whose twigs are used in basketry}; 40d reddened {Blushed}; 41d urge {Encourage}; 46d sot {Drunkard}; 49d emit {Send out, as rays}; 50d WWII {Hitler started it: Abbr.}; 51d honcho {Top dog}; 54d grin {Sheepish look, maybe}; 56d tune {Something to sing along to}; 58d drop {Go south, as a stock market}; 59d Eine {"___ kleine Nachtmusik"}; 60d spur {Thing on a cowboy's boot}; 62d ukes {Hawaiian instruments, informally}; 63d sews {Stitches}; 64d Etna {Sicily's Mt. ___}; 66d dry {Drought-stricken}; 67d tsk! {"Shame on you!"}.

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