Sunday, July 18, 2010

NYT Monday 7/19/10 David Blake - I Want Some More

With this Monday New York Times crossword, we are back on familiar territory with answers whose endings sound alike: not their last words, note, but their last syllables (required by Amour and Lammermoor).

It's puzzles like these where differences in pronunciation between British and American English mean I can't really vouch for the equivalence of the sounds: as far as I'm concerned you could have added maw to the examples: I know from Magdalen that more and maw should sound different in American English, but I can't detect a difference myself. I'm working on it.

A is for ApplesI normally start solving the down clues in order and so came a cropper with 10-Down today: anyone else have A is as the answer to {___ for apples}? You'd be unlikely to fall into that trap if you started solving the across answers first.

Today's puzzle wasn't one of the easier Monday ones: for one thing, the crossing of 65-Across Ilene {Actress Graff} and 47d Amalie {Charlotte ___, capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands} had me making a judgment call. I think I've come across Ilene Graff before in these puzzles, but she's not the front-ranking actress you'd hope for on a Monday; Charlotte Amalie is definitely new to me.

The sarcastic phrase "Silly me ... and here I thought ..." referenced at 4-Down has a familiar ring to it, but I can't find any evidence as to where it originated. Nice answer though and a well-crafted fill overall.
Solving time: 5 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 10d bob {___ for apples}
Solution

David Blake
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

Phrases where the last syllable sounds like "more".
17a tell me more {"Yes, go on"}
24a My Cherie Amour {1969 Stevie Wonder hit}
38a Jay Mohr {Former host of TV's "Last Comic Standing"}
51a Benjamin Moore {Big name in paint}
62a Lammermoor {Location in a Donizetti opera}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersDavid Blake / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 34 (15.1%) black squares
Answers76 (average length 5.03)
Theme squares47 (24.6%)
Scrabble points312 (average 1.63)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Video of the Day



19a Boyd {William ___, Hopalong Cassidy player}. If the clue had been {William ____, Scottish novelist and screenwriter}, I have stood a better chance here ... he's one of my fav authors. The actor namesake William Boyd (1898–1972) is best known for portraying Hopalong Cassidy. In 1935 Boyd was offered the supporting role of Red Connors in the movie Hop-Along Cassidy, but asked to be considered for the title role and won it. The original pulp fiction character, written by Clarence E. Mulford, was changed from a hard-drinking, rough-living wrangler to its eventual incarnation as a cowboy hero who did not smoke, drink or swear and who always let the bad guy start the fight. Boyd would be indelibly associated with the Hopalong Cassidy character and he gained lasting fame in the Western film genre because of it.

The Doctor is IN

15a Lorax {Environmentalist in a Dr. Seuss story}. A reference to The Lorax.

65a Ilene {Actress Graff}. Ilene Graff played Marsha Owens, the wife of Bob Uecker's character, George, in the sitcom Mr. Belvedere.

68a estos {These: Sp.}. These = estos is in Español para los crucigramistas.

39d Orem {Utah city}; 58d Iona {New Rochelle campus}. Orem, UT and New Rochelle, NY are major cities in the Crucial States, a land I hope to map out some day.

47d Amalie {Charlotte ___, capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands}. Charlotte Amalie is named after Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (1650-1714), a queen-consort of Denmark and Norway.

61d set {Card game based on matching groups of three}. Set was designed by Marsha Falco in 1974 and published by Set Enterprises in 1991.

Image of the Day

homemade sauerkraut

22d sauer {Like some Kraut}. Sauerkraut, directly translated from German: "sour herb" or "sour cabbage", is finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus. It has a long shelf-life and a distinctive sour flavor, both of which result from the lactic acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage. It is therefore not to be confused with coleslaw, which receives its acidic taste from vinegar. During World War I, due to concerns the American public would reject a product with a German name, American sauerkraut makers relabeled their product as "Liberty cabbage" for the duration of the war.

Other Clues

1a maps {Aids for treasure hunters}; 5a prate {Babble on}; 10a Baba {"Ali ___ and the 40 Thieves"}; 14a Eloi {"The Time Machine" people}; 16a Oman {Muscat's country}; 20a ocelot {Spotted cat}; 21a apts. {Supers oversee them: Abbr.}; 23a coo {Dove's sound}; 27a crimson {Harvard color}; 29a true {T on a test}; 30a lace {Wedding dress material}; 31a RCA {Sony rival}; 33a Edsel {Famed '50s flop}; 37a ova {Eggs in labs}; 41a Tao {The way, in philosophy}; 42a Delta {"You'll love the way we fly" airline}; 44a pro {Con's opposite}; 45a -fest {Suffix with Oktober}; 46a a par {On ___ with (equal to)}; 49a endives {Salad greens}; 55a lea {Meadow}; 56a navy {Dark shade of blue}; 57a re-edit {Go over again with a blue pencil}; 60a iris {Eye part}; 64a tile {Scrabble piece}; 66a Arno {Florence's river}; 67a zest {Lemon peel}; 69a neat {Without ice, as a drink}.

1d me to {"Take ___ your leader"}; 2d Alec {Baldwin of "30 Rock"}; 3d polemical {Tending to cause an argument}; 4d silly me {Words before "And here I thought ..."}; 5d plethora {Great deal}; 6d ROM {CD-___}; 7d aroar {Clamoring}; 8d tar pit {La Brea attraction}; 9d Exeter {University attended by J. K. Rowling}; 10d bob {___ for apples}; 11d Amoco {BP partner}; 12d bayou {Louisiana waterway}; 13d and/or {Compound conjunction}; 18d mocs {Comfy footwear, for short}; 25d -ency {Suffix with depend}; 26d Med {Club ___}; 27d clod {Dummkopf}; 28d rave {Four-star review}; 32d amp {Electric guitar need}; 34d stevedore {Longshoreman}; 35d ease {Simplicity}; 36d lots {Auction groups}; 38d Japan {Where Mount Fuji is}; 40d honorees {Toast recipients}; 43d Taj {___ Mahal}; 45d fireman {What many a young boy wants to grow up to be}; 48d rivals {Coke and Pepsi, e.g.}; 50d doer {No idle person}; 51d blitz {Fast-moving attack}; 52d eerie {Hair-raising}; 53d nails {Tough as ___}; 54d NY Met {Citi Field player, for short}; 59d trot {Horse's gait}; 63d MNO {Letters after L}.

2 comments:

D_Blackwell said...

Interesting that you don't discern the pronunciation of MORE and MAW. For me, they aren't even close, the former strong on the R, the latter with no R at all.

Putting down ENCY really hurt, because that made JOE MOHR 'obviously' correct, and I had ORATE which left me in deep trouble trying to figure out what to do with OLETHORO :))

Crossword Man said...

I assume you mean you had -ENCE first? Me too, though I didn't go down the ORATE route so PLETHORA fell out very easily and resolved things.