Saturday, July 3, 2010

NYT Sunday 7/4/10 Patrick Blindauer and Tony Orbach - Peaceful Sunday

I'd forgotten the date of this Sunday New York Times crossword before solving, so wasn't disappointed that it had absolutely nothing to do with the Fourth of July (no nods even in the cluing, as far as I can see). This is in stark contrast to last year's.

Plácido Domingo - peaceful Sunday
The nature of the theme was clear within a few minutes when we got a computer error at 23-Across. The idea seems familiar, perhaps because it has been done before with single-letter overlaps? Anyhoo, the two-letter overlaps worked very cleanly, with all the examples chosen being very familiar. Good to see opera hero Plácido Domingo among them: my Spanish is now sufficient to recognize his name as meaning "peaceful Sunday" - I wish you all such.

No significant problems as we progressed through the grid, until it came time to choose a "Clue of the Puzz". We thought  the wonderfully misleading {Way out in space} for escape pod at 15-Down was going to be the one, until we arrived at 92-Down and decided to give recognition to {What's mined to keep?} ... a cute new approach to cluing the worked out answer ore.
Solving time: 35 mins (with Magdalen, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 92d ore {What's mined to keep?}
Solution

Patrick Blindauer and Tony Orbach
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

"Making ends meet". In phrases where the last two letters of the first part are the same as the first two letters of the second, the common pair is entered just once.
23a computer error {Technical trouble}
32a English sheepdog {Helper in herding}
57a Prime Meridian {Line in London}
42a limited edition {Collectible book}
66a case sensitive {Like many an online password}
76a science center {It might have a theater and planetarium}
87a Plácido Domingo {Singer who played Cyrano in "Cyrano de Bergerac"}
100a personality type {Introvert or extrovert}
111a guardian angel {Protector}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersPatrick Blindauer and Tony Orbach / Will Shortz
Grid21x21 with 74 (16.8%) black squares
Answers140 (average length 5.24)
Theme squares105 (28.6%)
Scrabble points535 (average 1.46)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Video of the Day



10d Der {"___ Kommissar" (1983 hit)}. Das Kommissar ("the commissioner" or police captain) is a song first recorded by Falco in German in 1981, covered a year later by After The Fire and reworked in 1983 by Laura Branigan. Originally written by Robert Ponger and Falco, the Falco version reached the top of the charts in many countries. After The Fire's version featured English lyrics by the band's Andy Piercy. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Above is Falco's German version.

The Doctor is IN

70a use {Service}. Equivalents in e.g. "it's of some use/service to me".

80a lust {"Love surfeits not, ___ like a glutton dies": Shak.}. A quote from the poem Venus and Adonis.

82a cee {Chess opening?}. The word "Chess" starts with the letter C (spelled cee).

9d ILO {Agcy. of the U.N.}. ILO = International Labour Organization.

28d Olin {Swedish-born "Chocolat" actress}. Lena Olin played Josephine Muscat in Chocolat (2000).

54d Brasco {Depp title role}. Johnny Depp plays FBI agent Donnie Brasco in the 1997 movie of the same name.

113d Eve {1950 Anne Baxter title role}. A reference to All About Eve, in which Anne Baxter plays Eve Harrington.

Image of the Day

Jean Cocteau, Zizi Jeanmaire, 1958, Paris

104d Renée {Dancer Jeanmaire}.We couldn't help wondering if "Jeanmaire" was a typo for "Jeanmarie", both of us being unfamiliar with the referenced dancer. She's perhaps better known as Zizi Jeanmaire, née Renée Marcelle Jeanmaire. Zizi is a ballet dancer and the wife of renowned dancer and choreographer Roland Petit. She became famous in the 1950s because of her title role in the ballet Carmen, produced in London in 1949. Images of her with the rich and famous abound: above she's captured with Jean Cocteau in 1958.

Other Clues

1a ha-has {Routine responses?}; 6a El Cid {1961 Charlton Heston/Sophia Loren film}; 11a else {"Who ___?"}; 15a ebbs {Goes back}; 19a I must {Words of certainty}; 20a joule {Unit of energy}; 21a MOMA {Sculpture garden setting in N.Y.C.}; 22a slap {Response to freshness?}; 25a Esau {Uncle of Levi}; 26a Carr {Author John Dickson ___}; 27a deduces {Puts together}; 28a orts {Items at one's disposal?}; 29a anti- {Prefix with thesis}; 30a Garrett {Actor/comic Brad}; 37a emu {Bird with meat high in protein}; 38a ne'er {Not e'en once}; 40a atilt {Not straight up}; 41a freaks {Sideshow features}; 45a estop {Block legally}; 47a SAS {Carrier in the Star Alliance}; 48a VOL {Cassette knob abbr.}; 49a haw {Yokel's laugh}; 50a Topps {Big name in trading cards}; 54a Bali {Indonesian vacation spot}; 56a Dai {Bao ___ (former Vietnamese emperor)}; 60a treadmill {Symbol of a boring routine}; 62a ops {Special ___}; 63a REC {Cassette button abbr.}; 64a clé {Key: Fr.}; 65a ran {Split}; 69a olé {World Cup cry}; 71a Axl {Rose who rose to fame in the 1980s}; 72a tie {50-50, e.g.}; 73a one-seater {Small carriage}; 79a RVs {Campers, for short}; 81a Today {Show expanded to four hours in 2007}; 83a via {Itinerary word}; 84a red {Marxist, e.g.}; 85a shuts {Bars}; 93a orator {Caesar, e.g.}; 96a two am {When daylight saving begins: Abbr.}; 98a nite {Commercial time of day}; 99a Our {"___ House," 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hit}; 103a vin rosé {Grenache, for one}; 105a ugli {___ fruit}; 106a lids {They may be flipped}; 107a tainted {Off}; 109a seed {Start}; 110a line {"Come here often?", e.g.}; 115a -enne {Kin of -ess or -trix}; 116a eggs {Future platypi}; 117a opine {Offer one's thoughts}; 118a Reeve {"Somewhere in Time" actor}; 119a -ster {Suffix with prank}; 120a inst. {Part of 58-Down: Abbr.}; 121a piled {In a stack}; 122a yeses {Approvals}.

1d hic {Boozehound's sound}; 2d a mo {"Just ___!" ("Hold on!")}; 3d humdrum {Prosaic}; 4d as per {On the say-so of}; 5d student aid {Gift from the well-endowed}; 6d ejected {Bounced}; 7d lore {Old tales}; 8d curse {What a mummy might have}; 11d Emeril {"Bam!" man in the kitchen}; 12d lost steam {Petered out}; 13d smash {Very successful}; 14d eau {Seine filler}; 15d escape pod {Way out in space}; 16d Blanda {Football Hall-of-Famer George}; 17d Bartók {Composer of "The Miraculous Mandarin"}; 18d sprigs {Parsley parts}; 24d tutees {Some pupils}; 30d gel {Cowlick tamer}; 31d ami {Confidant, peut-être}; 33d nail {Get exactly right}; 34d GTO {'Vette alternative}; 35d eft {Little newt}; 36d erotic {Hot}; 39d Rivals {Play featuring Mrs. Malaprop, with "The"}; 43d isla {Española, e.g.}; 44d toilette {Demoiselle's dressing}; 46d swerves {Sudden turns}; 49d historic {Not just noteworthy}; 51d picots {Embroidery loops}; 52d pallet {What a forklift may lift}; 53d sneer {Disapproving look}; 55d Aeneid {Famous 12-book story}; 56d dialect {Brooklynese, e.g.}; 57d poser {Wannabe}; 58d RPI {Alma mater of some engrs.}; 59d Rees {"Cheers" actor Roger}; 60d Trust {Word in many bank names}; 61d MCXC {Year that Emperor Frederick I died}; 67d nie {Not even once, in Nürnberg}; 68d in vain {For nothing}; 71d anyhoo {"Moving on then ..."}; 74d elementary {Simple}; 75d Audi {German import}; 77d east-sider {Resident of New York's Murray Hill, e.g.}; 78d nestlings {Batch that's hatched}; 83d vamp {Seductress}; 84d rotini {Relative of fusilli}; 86d urn {Vessel in an alcove}; 87d pots {Kitchenware}; 88d lay {Not in the profession}; 89d divided {Made fractions ... or factions}; 90d noodges {Pests}; 91d Gus {T. S. Eliot's "Theatre Cat"}; 92d ore {What's mined to keep?}; 93d opuses {Sonatas and such}; 94d regent {University V.I.P.}; 95d Arlene {Dahl of "A Southern Yankee," 1948}; 97d widest {Most outspread}; 101d align {True}; 102d e-tail {Brick-and-mortar alternative}; 108d Arne {"Rule, Britannia" composer}; 110d lei {Bit of neckwear}; 111d GOP {Herd of elephants?}; 112d UPI {Initials in news}; 114d Les {Évian-___-Bains, France}.

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