Sunday, June 6, 2010

NYT Monday 6/7/10 - From Oklahoma To Maine

This Monday New York Times crossword is a nicely implemented one inspired by it's OK with me. I certainly noticed the OKs as I proceeded down the grid, but missed the MEs (despite the first three all being located at the end of the answer). 62-Across was one of the few places I stumbled when entering an answer, starting with it's okay by me, which required some quick disentangling before I got the intended phrase.

Interesting to see IRONMAN clued with reference to the triathlon at 2-Down, given the Iron Man franchise recently spawned a movie sequel. It seems few opportunities are missed to show the up-to-dateness of the NYT crossword in its cluing, so it surprised me to find a more obscure and less current reference this time. We've enjoyed both the movies and doubt we've seen the last of Robert Downey Jr. in his role as Tony Stark.

wild Asian assAs it's a quiet day for the blog, I'll leave you with a cautionary tale about a crossword solver which Magdalen alerted me to, courtesy of Saturday's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. A newspaper article in The Sun reports that an 89-year-old British solver couldn't solve the clue {Wild Asian ass}; turning to a search engine for help, he typed in "asian ass" and was stunned when it threw up dozens of porn sites. The answer the guy was looking for was of course onager. Be careful what you search for!
Solving time: 4 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 66d tub {Rubber ducky's spot}
Solution

Lynn Lempel
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

Long answers contain OK somewhere in the first part and ME somewhere in the second part, as indicated by 62a it's OK with me {"Sure, go ahead" ... and a literal hint to what's found in 17-, 26-, 38- and 53-Across}.
17a cooking time {Recipe guideline for a hot dish}
26a broken home {Family divided by divorce}
38a poker game {High-stakes draw in Las Vegas}
53a smoked meat {Pastrami, for one}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersLynn Lempel / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 36 (16.0%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.85)
Theme squares51 (27.0%)
Scrabble points309 (average 1.63)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Video of the Day



14a Ariel {Disney's "little mermaid"}. Princess Ariel is the protagonist of The Little Mermaid (1989). She has long, flowing red hair, blue eyes, a green tail and a purple seashell bikini top with various hairstyles. Other characters you need to know for crosswords are: Prince Eric, the hero; Ursula, the villainous sea witch. Ariel has six elder sisters who all start with A ... they are named Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella and Alana.

The Doctor is IN

2d Ironman {Certain triathlete}. A competitor in the Ironman Triathlon, which involves a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a marathon (26 miles 385 yards) run, raced in that order and without a break.

65d Ode {"___ on a Grecian Urn"}. Ode on a Grecian Urn is a poem by John Keats.

Image of the Day

Windmill-themed Denny's in Arcadia, CA

35a Denny {Name in a family restaurant chain}. Denny's (also seen as Denny's Diner on some of the locations' signage) is a full-service coffee shop/family restaurant chain. It operates over 1,500 restaurants in the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Curaçao, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand. Denny's is known for always being open, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert around the clock. Denny's was founded under the name Danny's Donuts in 1953 by Richard Jezak and Harold Butler in Lakewood, CA. They expanded to 20 restaurants by 1959, when the chain was renamed Denny's to avoid confusion with another chain, "Doughnut Dan's". All but six Denny's closed for the first time ever on Christmas 1988; it was then discovered that many of the restaurants were built without locks and ones that had locks had problems finding their keys. Above is the windmill-themed restaurant in Arcadia, CA.

Other Clues

1a riles {Angers, with "up"}; 6a woods {Forest}; 11a jut {Protrude}; 15a at bat {Facing the pitcher}; 16a une {French "a"}; 19a sta. {Railroad stop: Abbr.}; 20a inn {Cozy lodging}; 21a pie {Lure for Simple Simon}; 22a iotas {Smidgens}; 24a emir {Persian Gulf leader}; 30a razors {Barbers' tools}; 32a pit {Deep hole}; 33a suet {Fat used for tallow}; 34a Nemo {Captain of Jules Verne's Nautilus}; 37a TDs {Football scores, for short}; 41a lap {Place for a baby to sit}; 44a tunas {Fish often destined for cans}; 45a cure {Medical success}; 48a oars {Gear for gondolas}; 50a rit. {Gradually slowing, in music: Abbr.}; 51a sarong {Pacific island garment wrapped around the waist}; 56a ouzo {Greek liqueur}; 57a timid {Fainthearted}; 58a Sol {Spain's Costa del ___}; 60a Gyn {Ob-___ (med. specialty)}; 61a Ali {Rope-a-dope boxer}; 67a RNs {IV adjusters}; 68a crude {Oil directly from a well}; 69a ruler {12" stick}; 70a tee {Golf peg}; 71a typed {Entered via a keyboard}; 72a abyss {Chasm}.

1d racier {More risqué}; 3d lionize {Treat as a celebrity}; 4d eek! {"Yikes!"}; 5d slip {Sales receipt}; 6d wager {Transaction at a racetrack}; 7d Ott {Slugger Mel}; 8d obi {Kimono closer}; 9d Dam {Hoover ___}; 10d Stein {Gertrude who wrote "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose"}; 11d just out {Hot off the press}; 12d untamed {Wild}; 13d tea-sets {Dishes for doll parties}; 18d nibs {Penpoints}; 23d ohs {Cries of excitement}; 25d romp {Frolic}; 27d operate {Do surgery}; 28d Kings {Old Testament books labeled I and II}; 29d Etna {Sicilian erupter}; 31d root {Tooth or plant part}; 35d denim {Jeans fabric}; 36d YMCA {Family rec facility}; 39d Kurd {Many a northern Iraqi}; 40d euro {Continental currency}; 41d lost art {Skill that no one has anymore}; 42d A. A. Milne {"Now We Are Six" poet}; 43d promise {Declaration sometimes made with crossed fingers behind the back}; 46d roughly {More or less}; 47d enzymes {They help digest food}; 49d ski {Vacation at Vail, maybe}; 51d stow {Store (away)}; 52d goners {Dead ducks}; 54d edict {Formal decree}; 55d asked {Queried}; 59d lira {Turkey's currency}; 63d try {Give it a shot}; 64d sup {Dine}; 66d tub {Rubber ducky's spot}.

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