Wednesday, September 15, 2010

NYT Thursday 9/16/10 Joey Weissbrot, Brown University '11 - Solution

bear hugBROWN CROSSWORD WEEK. Every crossword this week, from Monday to Saturday, has been created by a member of the Puzzling Association of Brown University. Founded in 2008, the student club has about 30 members, who meet weekly during the school year to solve and discuss puzzles. Each spring it organizes a campuswide crossword tournament. Other schools with crossword clubs include Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Texas Christian. Brown’s club, though, has the most members with published puzzles.
Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Thursday September 16, 2010. This is an abbreviated post as I am busy celebrating the anniversary that's the subject of this crossword. Normal service will be resumed tomorrow.
Solving time: 8 mins (with Henry and JoDee, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 20a toe {Stocking stuffer?}
Solution

Joey Weissbrot
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

Theme answers relate to the cello (circled letters) player Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007):
16a Berlin Wall {Site of a memorable 1989 impromptu performance by 50-Across}
22a Stradivarius {Prized possession of 50-Across}
50a Rostropovich {20th-century master of the [circled letters]}
59a Azerbaijan {Birthplace of 50-Across}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersJoey Weissbrot, Brown University '11 / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 38 (16.9%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.79)
Theme squares49 (26.2%)
Scrabble points338 (average 1.81)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
FeaturePangrammatic
Other Clues

1a joint {Dive}; 6a IMAX {Kind of screen}; 10a SBA {Guarantor of many bank loans to cos.}; 13a Agnew {First Greek-American vice president}; 14a Self {Condé Nast title}; 15a shag {Retro hairstyle}; 18a Tana {Lake ___, head of the Blue Nile}; 19a see? {"Didn't I tell you?"}; 20a toe {Stocking stuffer?}; 21a Barq's {Famous Olde Tyme brand}; 26a Heche {Actress Anne}; 29a renew {Option after six months, say}; 30a loi {What le gendarme enforces}; 31a my hero! {Joyful damsel's cry}; 33a Ang Lee {Director of "Eat Drink Man Woman"}; 35a seal {Approval indicator}; 36a Tulsa {City on the Arkansas River}; 38a awry {Off}; 41a sleeps {Isn't alert}; 43a strike {Its symbol is "X"}; 45a ace {Top-notch}; 47a brute {Ogre}; 49a it's on! {"I'll see you in the parking lot!"}; 53a mucho {Lots of, slangily}; 54a ent {Tolkien's Treebeard, e.g.}; 55a amo {"Ti ___" ("I love you," in Italian)}; 58a Agee {Tommie of the 1969 World Series Mets}; 63a Dane {Polonius, for one}; 64a lass {Loch Lomond lovely}; 65a craze {Charleston or lindy, once}; 66a are {Live}; 67a Expo {Shanghai's ___ 2010}; 68a saxes {Stan Getz's instruments}.

1d jabs {Pointed comments}; 2d ogee {Arch type}; 3d in re {About}; 4d nel {"___ mezzo del cammin di nostra vita": Dante}; 5d twitter {Forum for 140-character messages}; 6d I swear! {"No lie!"}; 7d Me a {"Cry ___ River"}; 8d all {The works}; 9d XFL {Former sports org. with the teams Hitmen and Rage}; 10d Shari Lewis {Puppeteer with 12 Emmys}; 11d Banquo {Ghost in "Macbeth"}; 12d Agassi {Sports legend with the autobiography "Open"}; 15d star {"You are here" symbol}; 17d nor {Neither's partner}; 21d bawl {Sob}; 22d shell {Beach home?}; 23d deals to {Gives a hand}; 24d inns {Places for guests}; 25d Vegas {Home of Bally's and the Venetian}; 26d HMS {Horatio Nelson's ___ Victory}; 27d eye {Observe}; 28d chase scene {"Bullitt" has a famous one}; 32d Otero {Alamogordo's county}; 34d Earth {The so-called "blue marble"}; 37d up up {"___ and away!"}; 39d RKO {Early Fox rival}; 40d yen {Its symbol is a "Y" with two horizontal lines through it}; 42d Ebro {River through Castile and León}; 44d Tic Tacs {Some tiny mints}; 45d armada {Force defeated in 1588}; 46d Cougar {Old Mercury}; 48d ever so {Really}; 51d thee {You, once}; 52d in B {Like Brahms's Piano Trio No. 1}; 55d Ajax {Greek warrior}; 56d maze {Big garden project}; 57d ones {Till compartment}; 59d ale {Pintful, perhaps}; 60d zax {Slate-cutting tool}; 61d ESP {Ability to pick things up}; 62d IRA {401(k) alternative}.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a proud Brown University alumnus, I am enjoying this week. I heard Rostropovich perform at the inauguration of Brown's president Howard Swearer in 1977, the year I graduated.
- Aaron

Crossword Man said...

I never heard Rostropovich live, but admire him enough to have more of his recordings than any other cellist. Brunonians have six good reasons to boast about the current crop of students, who are doing us proud this week.