Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NYT Wednesday 8/18/10 Alex Boisvert - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Wednesday August 18, 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: 7 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 70a egg {It may get whipped in the kitchen}
Solution

Alex Boisvert
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

An X is inserted into a phrase, making a pun.
18a X-Men in black {Mourning comic book mutants?} cf Men in Black
24a parlor X Games {Event that includes Snowboarding Charades and Motocross 20 Questions?} cf parlor games
39a X-ray ban {Result of a phobia of medical pictures?} cf Ray-Ban
51a Pandora's Xbox {Curious person's video game console?} cf Pandora's box
62a x-axis of evil {Diabolical graph line?} cf axis of evil
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersAlex Boisvert / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 38 (16.9%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.79)
Theme squares53 (28.3%)
Scrabble points350 (average 1.87)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Other Clues

1a sow {Barnyard female}; 4a chi {X}; 7a iambic {Like Shakespeare's sonnets}; 13a TBA {TV schedule abbr.}; 14a docs {Nonfiction films, for short}; 16a omertà {Mafioso's code of silence}; 17a rat {One who breaks the 16-Across}; 20a Ames {Ed with the 1967 hit "My Cup Runneth Over"}; 22a Baum {Toto's creator}; 23a lithe {Bending easily}; 27a pore {Source of perspiration}; 28a assail {Set on}; 32a dirty {One way to play}; 34a pray {Speak with folded hands, say}; 37a Anka {"You Are My Destiny" singer, 1958}; 38a Uno {Classic Fiat model}; 42a key {Integral}; 43a Econ. {Business major subj.}; 45a Alec {Tina's "30 Rock" co-star}; 46a Atlas {North Africa's ___ Mountains}; 48a safari {Travel in the bush}; 50a épée {Cousin of a foil}; 57a Ewoks {Endor natives in "Return of the Jedi"}; 60a ewes {Barnyard females}; 61a time {"The great instructor," per Edmund Burke}; 65a ten {X}; 66a evenly {In a fair manner}; 67a Dune {Sci-fi novel made into a 1984 cult film}; 68a ego {Word before booster or tripper}; 69a senses {Has a premonition of}; 70a egg {It may get whipped in the kitchen}; 71a ran {Fled}.

1d strap {Part of a football helmet}; 2d Obama {First president whose name ends in a vowel other than E or Y}; 3d waterproof {Safe for the 40-Down}; 4d CDX {XLI x X}; 5d hombre {Dude}; 6d ice ax {Glacier climber's tool}; 7d ion {It's charged}; 8d ambles {Moseys}; 9d Melissa {Etheridge who sang "Come to My Window"}; 10d brat {Imp}; 11d itch {Desire}; 12d cake {Birthday order}; 15d snug {Cozy}; 19d I'm a {"___ Gigolo"}; 21d slot {Nickelodeon opening}; 25d oryx {Large African antelope}; 26d Maya {Poet Angelou}; 29d ankle biter {Rug rat}; 30d Ikea {Acronymic store name}; 31d Lay's {Potato chip brand owned by PepsiCo}; 32d dues {Club bill}; 33d Inca {Member of an empire founded by Manco Capac}; 34d pal {Bud}; 35d rye {Bread for a Reuben}; 36d ABC {"Happy Days" network}; 40d rain {Precipitation}; 41d naps {Refreshers}; 44d napkins {Table cloths}; 47d text {Send a quick update, in a way}; 49d rassle {Have a backwoods brawl}; 50d easing {Facilitating}; 52d Def {"Be Kind Rewind" co-star Mos ___}; 53d owed {Outstanding}; 54d revue {Vaudeville offering}; 55d omega {The end}; 56d xenon {Gas used in flash lamps}; 57d exes {Former flames}; 58d wave {Breaker, e.g.}; 59d oxen {Plow pullers}; 63d oys {Jewish laments}; 64d leg {Relay part}.

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