Friday, October 22, 2010

NYT Friday 10/22/10 Scott Atkinson - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Friday October 22, 2010. This is an abbreviated post as I am currently traveling in the UK. Full commentaries will resume when time permits.
Solving time: 53 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 22a reap {Get out of the field}

Scott Atkinson
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersScott Atkinson / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 28 (12.4%) black squares
Answers72 (average length 5.47)
Theme squares0 (0.0%)
Scrabble points350 (average 1.78)

1a I'm kidding {What a wink often means}; 10a I quit {Words that prevent firing}; 15a saltpeter {Gunpowder ingredient}; 16a Dunne {"A Season in Purgatory" novelist Dominick}; 17a Anastasia {Romanov family member}; 18a Silva {Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da ___}; 19a duty {Job description detail}; 20a rondo {Repetitive composition}; 22a reap {Get out of the field}; 23a oms {Chorus heard at some retreats}; 24a sin {Let one's god down?}; 25a Mikado {Old Asian title}; 27a Richie {Havens for folkies?}; 29a heavyset {Thick}; 31a Ethan {Brand written about by Hawthorne}; 32a Geena {Davis of Hollywood}; 33a HRs {Stadium thrillers: Abbr.}; 34a J.K. Rowling {Creator of the currency system consisting of galleons, sickles and knuts}; 37a Sep. {Time of the fall: Abbr.}; 40a sires {Racing form data}; 41a humid {Hot partner?}; 45a examined {Like financial statements and hospital patients}; 47a no time! {"Sorry, too busy!"}; 48a ruling {It may be handed down}; 49a woe {Sob story subject}; 50a sac {Corporeal case}; 51a Iran {Host of the 1974 Asian Games}; 52a Sadat {Begin's partner}; 55a Hugo {"La Légende des Siècles" poet}; 56a Abzug {Congressional feminist of note}; 58a Roxy Music {"Avalon" band}; 60a lazed {Chilled, so to speak}; 61a free agent {Court star being courted?}; 62a snits {Hissies}; 63a syntheses {Compound combinations}.

1d Isadore {___ Sharp, founder of Four Seasons Hotels}; 2d manumit {Let go}; 3d klatsch {Gabbers' gathering}; 4d itsy {Opposite of 55-Down, informally}; 5d DPT {Vaccine combo}; 6d Dearie {Sweets}; 7d it's on {Row announcement}; 8d nein {Cologne contradiction}; 9d -grad {Former Lenin adherent?}; 10d IDs {Items checked before flying}; 11d quirky {Offbeat}; 12d unleash {Let go}; 13d invader {Saxon or Celt, once}; 14d tea-pots {Big-eared china}; 21d Omani {Certain Bedouin}; 24d sinks in {Becomes understood}; 26d Ivanhoe {Literary classic featuring the jester Wamba}; 28d haj {Once-in-a-lifetime trip, for some}; 29d hewed {Stuck (to)}; 30d eels {Elusive types}; 32d gore {Stick}; 35d rings {Equipment near a horse}; 36d gut {Ready to be totally remodeled}; 37d serials {They appear in installments}; 38d exurban {Almost in the sticks}; 39d palazzi {Grand Canal sights}; 42d misuses {Exploits}; 43d Imagine {1970s peace anthem}; 44d decocts {Concentrates, in a way}; 46d minuet {It often includes a trio}; 47d not yet {"Hold on"}; 49d waxen {Like some realistic statues}; 53d arfs {Pound racket}; 54d dory {Small fishing vessel}; 55d huge {Monster}; 57d gds. {They're peddled: Abbr.}; 59d Mah {Chinese game name starter}.

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