Sunday, September 5, 2010

NYT Monday 9/6/10 Randall J. Hartman - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Monday September 6, 2010. This is an abbreviated post, as I am traveling and in holiday mode. Full commentaries will resume in a few days.
Solving time: 6 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 28d Steve {Jobs in Silicon Valley}
Solution

Randall J. Hartman
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

Phrases whose first words can follow Saturday night to make another phrase, indicated by 47a Saturday night {Popular date time ... or a phrase that can precede the starts of 20-, 33- and 40-Across}.
20a special forces {Green Berets} cf Saturday night special
33a fever pitch {Frenzied state} cf Saturday Night Fever
40a live remote {Out-of-studio TV broadcast} cf Saturday Night Live
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersRandall J. Hartman / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 40 (17.8%) black squares
Answers76 (average length 4.87)
Theme squares46 (24.9%)
Scrabble points289 (average 1.56)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Other Clues

1a poem {Limerick or sonnet}; 5a hush! {"Shut yo' mouth!"}; 9a spiel {Sales talk}; 14a alai {Jai ___}; 15a aria {Solo for Pavarotti}; 16a pinko {Commie}; 17a perk {Use of a corporate jet, say}; 18a mill {Pepper grinder}; 19a angel {Heavenly harp player}; 23a moth {Pest attracted to light}; 24a ash {Volcanic spew}; 25a are you {Words before serious, ready or listening}; 28a sate {Fill all the way}; 30a NBC {The Peacock Network}; 35a Cora {Mrs. Dithers in "Blondie"}; 36a rears {Brings up}; 37a REM {"Everybody Hurts" band}; 38a Jones {Revolutionary War hero John Paul ___}; 39a odds {Las Vegas figures}; 42a SSE {Opposite of NNW}; 43a base {First, second, third or home}; 44a A-tests {Nuclear experiments, for short}; 45a Sri {___ Lanka}; 46a Gila {___ monster}; 53a Hunan {Chinese province where Mao was born}; 54a Ebro {Spain's longest river}; 55a airs {Hoity-toity manners}; 57a Artie {Bandleader Shaw}; 58a Alou {Jesus of the 1960s Giants}; 59a idea {It's just a thought}; 60a Heidi {"Project Runway" host Klum}; 61a rest {Take a breather}; 62a need {Requirement}.

1d pap {Soft food for babies}; 2d os {Cheers at a fútbol match}; 3d Earp {Dodge City lawman Wyatt}; 4d Mike Myers {Portrayer of Austin Powers, "international man of mystery"}; 5d ham it up {Chew the scenery}; 6d Uriah {Dickens's ___ Heep}; 7d sill {Spot for a pot}; 8d half {Two quarters}; 9d sparse {Few and far between}; 10d pinch {Tiny bit of salt}; 11d Inge {William who wrote "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"}; 12d ekes {Manages, with "out"}; 13d LOL {Twitter titter}; 21d Coors {Operator of the largest brewery facility in the world}; 22d oath {"Ye gods!," for one}; 25d afros {Hairstyles of Sly and the Family Stone}; 26d reeds {Swamp plants}; 27d evade {Escape, as arrest}; 28d Steve {Jobs in Silicon Valley}; 29d acme {Pinnacle}; 30d no-nos {Forbidden acts}; 31d Brett {QB Favre}; 32d cases {Assignments for Sam Spade}; 34d iris {Colored part of the eye}; 35d come again? {"Say what?"}; 38d Jet Li {Martial arts champion-turned-film star}; 40d lair {Lion's home}; 41d rain out {Certain game cancellation}; 43d Brunei {Pacific sultanate}; 45d staid {Unflashy}; 46d gyros {Pita sandwiches}; 47d sure! {"My pleasure!"}; 48d anti- {Prefix with knock}; 49d Dear {"___ Abby"}; 50d able {Up to the task}; 51d hide {Enroll in a witness protection program, say}; 52d tree {Apple or maple}; 53d hah! {"When pigs fly!"}; 56d sad {Down in the dumps}.

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