Friday, August 20, 2010

NYT Friday 8/20/10 Brad Wilber - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Friday August 20, 2010. This is an abbreviated post, as I am currently in holiday mode while family visit from the UK. Full commentaries will resume on August 22.
Solving time: 24 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 36d bone {A boxer may work on it}
Solution

Brad Wilber
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersBrad Wilber / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 26 (11.6%) black squares
Answers70 (average length 5.69)
Theme squares0 (0.0%)
Scrabble points321 (average 1.61)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Clues

1a Fabergé egg {Objet d'art at auction in "Octopussy"}; 11a Ashe {Queens's ___ Stadium}; 15a in a dilemma {Torn}; 16a PTAs {Grps. sponsoring many book fairs}; 17a low spirits {What a lift may get you out of}; 18a rots {Languishes in the lockup}; 19a enl. {Big print: Abbr.}; 20a on it {Not procrastinating}; 21a spirea {Rosaceous ornamental}; 23a Este {European princely dynasty name}; 24a Ptolemy {Ancient dynasty name}; 25a sports {Newspaper section}; 28a flop shot {Phil Mickelson specialty}; 29a elude {Shake, as a tail}; 30a slave {Sweat blood}; 31a one {Bit of bread}; 32a mute {Make less flamboyant}; 33a peace {What a V may indicate}; 34a mugs {Doesn't look normal}; 35a IRS {Its HQ is in D.C.'s Federal Triangle}; 36a barge {Origination point for many fireworks}; 37a beset {Dogged}; 38a mah-jongg {It's played with 144 pieces}; 40a seders {Reading-and-feeding occasions}; 41a alienee {Heir, legally}; 42a cees {Cosmetic extremes?}; 43a tinsel {Strands on a branch, perhaps}; 44a HUAC {Org. that subpoenaed Abbie Hoffman}; 45a Mao {He outlawed 38-Across because it promoted gambling}; 48a Uzis {Rambos might wield them}; 49a scorch mark {Lampshade blemish}; 52a Reni {"The Labors of Hercules" painter}; 53a aglio e olio {Simple trattoria dressing}; 54a edge {What people are on during a nail-biter}; 55a widow's peak {Common feature of a Dracula mask}.

1d file {Put in the archives}; 2d anon {Like many forum postings: Abbr.}; 3d bawl {Not just sniffle}; 4d eds. {Masthead figs.}; 5d riposte {"Touché!" elicitor}; 6d glints {Effects created by 43-Across}; 7d eerie {Unexplainable, maybe}; 8d emit {Discharge}; 9d GMT {Std. in chronometry}; 10d gas-stove {Pilot's setting}; 11d Aprils {Folks are often fooled when these arrive}; 12d storehouse {Magazine}; 13d hatemonger {Prejudicial propagandist}; 14d essay tests {What cribs might be used for}; 22d pope {Venerated visitor}; 23d Erde {Himmel und ___ (apple-and-potato dish)}; 24d place {Niche}; 25d semimature {Still developing}; 26d pluralized {Like men, women and children}; 27d outshining {Topping}; 28d Flagg {Fannie who wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe"}; 30d serge {It has a diagonal rib}; 33d panel saw {Plywood cutter}; 34d meds. {Hospital administration, briefly}; 36d bone {A boxer may work on it}; 37d beeches {Triangular nut producers}; 39d Jessie {Daughter in "'night, Mother"}; 40d sea-cow {Creature with a paddlelike tail}; 42d curio {"Antiques Roadshow" item}; 44d hold {You may hear Muzak when you're on it}; 45d male {___ soprano}; 46d aria {Soprano ___}; 47d OK, OK {Assent to relent}; 50d CGI {Hollywood techie's field, briefly}; 51d mop {Disorderly do}.

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