Friday, August 13, 2010

NYT Saturday 8/14/10 John Farmer - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Saturday August 14, 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: 25 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 1a fist bump {Pound of flesh?}
Solution

John Farmer
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersJohn Farmer / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 29 (12.9%) black squares
Answers70 (average length 5.60)
Theme squares0 (0.0%)
Scrabble points329 (average 1.68)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Clues

1a fist bump {Pound of flesh?}; 9a spread {Difference between winners and losers?}; 15a At the Zoo {1967 Simon & Garfunkel hit}; 16a tuille {Armor plate protecting the hip and thigh}; 17a rare bird {One in a million}; 18a assign {Fix}; 19a ola {Rock-___}; 20a espials {Furtive observations}; 22a non {Only word spoken in Mel Brooks's "Silent Movie"}; 23a Itt {Hirsute sitcom relative}; 25a hunky-dory {O.K.}; 27a data {It may be classified}; 28a Rémy {___ Martin}; 29a cores {Mining samples}; 30a enormous {Hard to ignore}; 32a jar {Shake or rattle, but not roll}; 33a sonatas {Some concert pieces}; 34a put it to {Cheated, in slang}; 38a Ned {"Be More Chill" novelist Vizzini}; 39a sad story {Weeper}; 40a ABC-TV {"World News Now" airer}; 43a word {Conversation piece?}; 44a Okie {Kind of accent used by Ado Annie}; 45a zeroed out {Reduced to nothing}; 47a sym. {Like a mirror image: Abbr.}; 48a Tse {Lao-___}; 49a run riot {Go wild}; 52a oms {Some temple utterances}; 54a etches {Makes a lasting impression}; 56a scramjet {Hypersonic plane engine}; 58a co-host {One who splits the bill?}; 59a old score {Longstanding issue}; 60a sweets {Tootsie}; 61a peskiest {Most difficult to manage}.

1d faro {Baccarat alternative}; 2d Italiano {What "Arrivederci!" is spoken in}; 3d Stratton {"The ___ Story," Jimmy Stewart baseball movie}; 4d thé {Dijon drink}; 5d bebé {Madre's treasure}; 6d Uzis {"Munich" arms}; 7d Morpheus {Man of one's dreams?}; 8d podiums {Stands above the crowd?}; 9d stalk {Follow too closely}; 10d pussy-cats {Softies}; 11d R is {Ray Bradbury's "___ for Rocket"}; 12d Elinor {One of Austen's Dashwood sisters}; 13d Al Gore {"Take it from me, elections matter" speaker}; 14d Denny's {Chain offering Moons Over My Hammy}; 21d any {Whichever}; 24d Taranto {Port on Italy's "heel"}; 26d Doritos {Bowl filler for a bowl game, maybe}; 27d Des {North Dakota's ___ Lacs National Wildlife Refuge}; 28d road {Drag}; 31d Mt. Everest {It's all downhill from here}; 32d Judd {Filmmaker Apatow}; 34d particle {Fermion or boson}; 35d Tokyo Joe {1949 Humphrey Bogart/Sessue Hayakawa movie}; 36d trimmers {Lawn care equipment}; 37d ¡Oye! {Gloria Estefan hit whose title is Spanish for "Listen!"}; 39d soursop {Cousin of a custard apple}; 40d Aztecs {Some pyramid builders}; 41d bestow {Award}; 42d crèche {Christmas scene}; 43d won {Landed}; 46d dusts {Wipes clean}; 50d ords. {Municipal regs.}; 51d task {Job}; 53d stet {Leave without changing}; 55d hoe {It may leave a noticeable plot hole}; 57d MCI {Verizon acquisition of 2006}.

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