Tuesday, September 7, 2010

NYT Wednesday 9/8/10 Tracy Gray - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Wednesday September 8, 2010. This is an abbreviated post, as I am traveling and in holiday mode. Full commentaries will resume in a few days.
Solving time: 7 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 40d cost {Part of COLA}
Solution

Tracy Gray
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

A rebus puzzle in which ZZ occupies a single square, as indicated by 40a catching some zz {Asleep ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme}. The theme impacts the following answers:
17a razzmatazz {Flashy display}
19a Jacuzzi {"Water that moves you" sloganeer}
52a ZZ Top {Rock trio known for its bearded members}
62a quizzed {Tested, as on "The $64,000 Question"}
65a Fuzzy-Wuzzy {1892 Kipling poem}
70a swizzle {Iced rum cocktail that's stirred with a stick}
3d gizzard {Giblets component}
7d puzzle {You're doing one}
12d buzz {Caffeine-induced state, slangily}
28d frizz {Bad hair day problem}
43d jazz {Newport festival music}
53d pizzazz {Zest}
60d Ozzie {Harriet's mate}
50d grizzly {Yellowstone sighting}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersTracy Gray / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 38 (16.9%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.79)
Theme squares[not calculated]
Scrabble points380 (average 2.03)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Other Clues

1a mega- {Prefix with bucks}; 5a app {iPhone user's purchase}; 8a ad-libs {Wings it}; 14a alit {Came to rest}; 15a feu {Pot-au-___ (French stew)}; 16a detour {Sign near roadwork, maybe}; 20a CIA {Org. in "Burn After Reading"}; 21a Marlboro {Brand with an iconic cowboy}; 23a on rye {Where pastrami may be put}; 25a Se Ri {Golf's ___ Pak}; 26a loft {Toss high up}; 30a Seders {Passover meals}; 32a ING {Dutch-based financial giant}; 34a GRE {Test for Ph.D. wannabes}; 35a nicked {Having a razor injury, say}; 38a eerie {Like Rod Serling tales}; 43a Jolla {La ___ (San Diego area)}; 44a St. Elmo {Patron of sailors}; 45a asp {Nile slitherer}; 46a nim {Matchsticks game}; 48a retags {Marks up or down, perhaps}; 54a news {"This just in ..." fare}; 57a Terra {Earth, in sci-fi}; 58a imitator {Copycat}; 61a tin {Element with the shortest name}; 67a Bacall {"Key Largo" actress}; 68a epi- {Prefix with dermis}; 69a Arlo {He sang about Alice's restaurant}; 71a Ree {Mr. ___ (old whodunit game)}; 72a Roys {Orbison and Bean}.

1d Marcos {Imelda, the shoe lover}; 2d Elaine {"Seinfeld" gal}; 4d ATM {7-Eleven convenience}; 5d Afta {Shaving lotion brand}; 6d pears {Compote fruits}; 8d adjoin {Juxtapose}; 9d dear {Snookums}; 10d Lt Col {Maj.'s superior}; 11d IOU {Paper in a poker pot}; 13d Sri {Eastern honorific}; 18d American {Like apple pie, in a saying}; 22d bridge {Game with a dummy}; 24d Yentl {1983 Streisand title role}; 27d ogre {Big brute}; 29d tee {Kicker's aid}; 31d sch. {Coll., e.g.}; 33d geometry {Euclid's subject}; 36d kismet {Destiny}; 37d ENT {Otoscope user, for short}; 39d emote {Gush on stage}; 40d cost {Part of COLA}; 41d Alpo {Bowser's bowlful}; 42d SLR {Camera type, briefly}; 47d in idle {Out of gear}; 49d Arturo {Conductor Toscanini}; 51d Sanyos {Some plasma TVs}; 55d wafer {Nilla cookie}; 56d stupe {Dimwit}; 59d Mell {"Momma" cartoonist Lazarus}; 62d QBs {Eli and Peyton Manning, for two: Abbr.}; 63d UAW {Motor City labor org.}; 64d ici {Here, to Henri}; 66d War {Collect-all-the-cards game}.

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