Monday, August 16, 2010

NYT Monday 8/16/10 Andrea Carla Michaels and Jennifer Nutt - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Monday August 16, 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: 5 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 4d musician {One in a jam?}
Solution

Andrea Carla Michaels and Jennifer Nutt
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

Detectives of the small screen, indicated by 60a TV detective {What each of the characters named at the ends of 17-, 24-, 38- and 48-Across is}.
17a loose cannon {Unpredictable sort}
24a casual Friday {End-of-the-week office dress policy, maybe}
38a burn one's bridges {Permanently sever ties}
48a Capuchin monk {Franciscan order member}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersAndrea Carla Michaels and Jennifer Nutt / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 38 (16.9%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.79)
Theme squares61 (32.6%)
Scrabble points287 (average 1.53)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Other Clues

1a gamma {Letter after beta}; 6a speed {Go 80 m.p.h., say}; 11a spa {Place to get a mud bath}; 14a Amour {Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie ___"}; 15a niece {Uncle's special little girl}; 16a tan {Sunbathe}; 19a out {No longer chic}; 20a Asti {Italian wine province}; 21a aft {Back of a boat}; 22a idols {Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia}; 28a aspire {Have high hopes}; 31a alop {Drooping, as a rabbit's ears}; 32a Mayan {Yucatán Indian}; 33a demo {Audition tape}; 35a emu {Cousin of an ostrich}; 42a Île {Paris's ___ de la Cité}; 43a alps {Austrian peaks}; 44a riots {Laugh-a-minute folks}; 45a dish {Appetizer, entree or dessert}; 47a Nasser {President of Egypt before Sadat}; 53a exude {Ooze}; 54a Oop {"Alley ___"}; 55a Eros {Greek love god}; 59a Li'l {"___ Abner"}; 64a Las {___ Vegas}; 65a école {French place of learning}; 66a attic {Anne Frank's hideout}; 67a olé {"Go, bullfighter!"}; 68a a rest {"Give it ___!" ("Quit harping!")}; 69a weedy {Like an untended garden}.

1d gala {Grand party}; 2d Amos {"Famous" cookie guy}; 3d moot {No longer worth debating}; 4d musician {One in a jam?}; 5d are {"What ___ the chances?"}; 6d snafu {Awful mistake}; 7d Pinta {Ship of Columbus}; 8d een {Early night, to a poet}; 9d eco- {Environmental prefix}; 10d De Niro {Robert of "Meet the Parents"}; 11d stood {Got up}; 12d Paula {___ Abdul, former judge of 22-Across}; 13d antsy {Having the jitters}; 18d case {24 cans of beer, e.g.}; 23d dip {Word after skinny or salsa}; 25d Arno {Pisa's river}; 26d lambs {Baby sheep}; 27d flor {Bloom: Sp.}; 28d ambi- {Both: Prefix}; 29d Saul {Author Bellow}; 30d pyre {"And our love become a funeral ___" (lyric from the Doors' "Light My Fire")}; 33d Delhi {Indian metropolis}; 34d ESP {Telepath's "gift," in brief}; 35d egos {Divas have sensitive ones}; 36d mete {Apportion, with "out"}; 37d USSR {Lenin's land, for short}; 39d Nash {Ogden who wrote "Candy / Is dandy / But liquor / Is quicker"}; 40d Iran {Tehran is its capital}; 41d diskette {Quaint computer insert}; 45d dud {Firecracker that fizzles}; 46d ice tea {Drink served with a mint leaf}; 47d nope {"Ain't gonna happen"}; 48d cello {Pablo Casals's instrument}; 49d axial {Like some symmetry}; 50d pulse {Throb}; 51d noels {Christmas carols}; 52d motet {Sacred choral work}; 56d rite {Baptism or bar mitzvah}; 57d Ovid {Roman author of "Metamorphoses"}; 58d secy. {Cabinet head: Abbr.}; 61d VCR {RCA product}; 62d doe {Buck's mate}; 63d caw {Crow's call}.

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