Sunday, October 31, 2010

NYT Monday 11/1/10 Holden Baker - Pro-Caine

Although I solved this Monday New York Times crossword on Halloween night, I don't detect any spooky influences and reckon we're finally through with the boo references for 2010. Instead we get a neat idea based on sound-alike words.

Sir Michael CaineI was onto the theme after getting walking cane and raising cain, hence knew what to expect with the remaining thematic entries. I had to pause over 11-Down because I wasn't 100% sure that Key Biscayne and Robert Byrd are spelled with a Y not an I ... luckily I still had vaguely memories the latter from a March 2009 blog post.

It would have helped if I'd immediately recognized cocaine at 36-Across as a theme answer, as that would have ruled out a repeat of the -caine ending. Unfortunately, I didn't spot that shorter thematic word till doing this write-up - I was poised to bemoan the absence of the great Michael Caine when I finally noticed it!
Solving time: 4 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 55d add {Put two and two together}

Holden Baker
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]


Long answers end with the "caine" sound:
17a walking cane {Aid for a person with a limp}
36a cocaine {Drug from Colombia}
53a Citizen Kane {1941 Orson Welles classic}
11d Key Biscayne {Nixon's Florida home}
25d raising cain {Creating a ruckus}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersHolden Baker / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 36 (16.0%) black squares
Answers76 (average length 4.97)
Theme squares51 (27.0%)
Scrabble points335 (average 1.77)
Video of the Day

9d Urn {Keats's "Ode on a Grecian ___"}. It's about time for another of those wonderful poetry animations. Ode on a Grecian Urn is a poem written by the English Romantic poet John Keats in May 1819 and published in January 1820. It is one of his Great Odes of 1819. Keats found earlier forms of poetry unsatisfactory for his purpose, and the collection represented a new development of the ode form. He was inspired to write the poem after reading two articles by English artist and writer Benjamin Haydon. Keats was aware of other works on classical Greek art, and had first-hand exposure to the Elgin Marbles, all of which reinforced his belief that classical Greek art was idealistic and captured Greek virtues, which forms the basis of the poem.

The Doctor is IN

11a KFC {Col. Sanders's restaurant}. KFC = Kentucky Fried Chicken, the "Col." indicating an abbreviated answer.

16a ere {"... ___ he drove out of sight"}. Part of a line in A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore.

2d TWA {Old "Up, up and away" carrier}. TWA (Trans World Airlines) disappeared when it was acquired by American Airlines in 2001.

34d Godot {Whom Vladimir and Estragon were waiting for, in a Beckett play}. Vladimir and Estragon are characters in Waiting for Godot.

43d Ito {Judge in the O. J. Simpson trial}. I.e. Judge Lance Ito.

Image of the Day

Pabst Blue Ribbon

21a Pabst {Blue Ribbon beer brewer}. Pabst Blue Ribbon is a brand of beer sold by Pabst Brewing Company, originally established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but now based in Woodridge, Illinois. Pabst Blue Ribbon is contract-brewed in six different breweries around the U.S. in facilities owned by Miller Brewing Company (a few of which were actually Pabst breweries at one time). Originally called Best Select, and then Pabst Select, the current name came from the blue ribbons that were tied around the bottle neck, a practice that ran from 1882 until 1916. It is often referred to by the nickname PBR, or Peebz.

Other Clues

1a stoic {Not reacting to pain, say}; 6a pin-up {Playboy centerfold, e.g.}; 14a swirl {Go round and round}; 15a Andre {Tennis champ Agassi}; 19a yin {Yang's counterpart}; 20a squeak {Sound from a mouse}; 23a sprouts {Brussels ___}; 26a sheiks {Arabian V.I.P.'s}; 27a Thames {River past Westminster Palace}; 28a favors {Party handouts}; 30a a lie {"That's ___!" ("Not true!")}; 31a Arpel {Cosmetician Adrien}; 32a cog {Machine tooth}; 35a Los {___ Alamos, N.M.}; 38a ago {"Long ___ and far away ..."}; 39a LXI {Virgil's 61}; 40a orang {Long-armed ape, for short}; 41a Byrd {Late West Virginia senator Robert}; 42a Nimitz {W.W. II admiral Chester}; 44a Borneo {Island where many a 40-Across lives}; 46a rag-tag {Disheveled}; 48a dopiest {Most boneheaded}; 49a ex-con {One out of prison}; 50a Stones {Mick Jagger and bandmates, informally}; 52a à la {___ carte}; 58a Pei {Architect I. M. ___}; 59a haute {French word before cuisine or couture}; 60a elder {Respected tribe member}; 61a SSN {ID on an I.R.S. form}; 62a end on {___ a positive note}; 63a Ryder {Actress Winona}.

1d SSW {Opposite NNE}; 3d oil {Texaco's business}; 4d irksome {Irritating}; 5d clique {In-group}; 6d pages {Senate gofers}; 7d Inca {Early Peruvian}; 8d N.Dak. {Fargo's home: Abbr.}; 10d peep-hole {Hotel room door feature}; 12d frisk {Pat down, as for weapons}; 13d cents {Number after a decimal in a price}; 18d nuts {Items in a Planters can}; 22d Aer {___ Lingus}; 23d stall {Play for time}; 24d phlox {Showy flowers}; 26d Sven {Stereotypical Swedish man's name}; 28d Franz {Writer Kafka}; 29d a pig {Fat as ___}; 31d a cat {Nervous as ___}; 33d ogres {Fairy tale monsters}; 36d Comanche {War chief Black Horse's tribe}; 37d orig. {Copier input: Abbr.}; 41d briskly {In a quick and lively manner}; 44d bone {Common shape for a dog biscuit}; 45d opener {First game of the season}; 46d reaps {Harvests}; 47d axles {Connections for car wheels}; 48d dozen {Egg carton count}; 50d stud {Poker variety}; 51d Tito {Latin jazz great Puente}; 54d Ian {Author Fleming or McEwan}; 55d add {Put two and two together}; 56d née {Jacqueline Kennedy ___ Bouvier}; 57d err {Blunder}.

1 comment:

Daniel Myers said...

Thanks for the poetry.:-)