Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NYT Thursday 10/28/10 David J. Kahn - The Return of the Riddler

Spooky to see a series of Halloween-themed puzzles this year, when there were none in 2009, as far as I  recall. The first theme clue of this Thursday New York Times crossword broadcast what we were dealing with and "riddle" pointed to what is a at 17-Across, so the theme was a whole lot less mysterious than most Thursday ones.

Boo BerryGetting the rest of the riddle and its answer was definitely a piecemeal thing, and I only saw the booberry part after around 9 minutes of solving, I scream being a more familiar pun and hence one of the earliest theme entries to go in.

Several clues vied for "Clue of the puzz" today: I liked 22a bat {Club for swingers} early on, as well as 46d pulses {Nurses take these}. But 12d estate {What you will} won out with its repurposing of the subtitle to Twelfth Night.
Solving time: 11 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 12d estate {What you will}
Solution

David J. Kahn
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

A riddle for Halloween:
17a/27a/35a what is a ghost's favorite dessert? {A Halloween riddle}
43a/60a booberry pie and I scream {Answer to the riddle}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersDavid J. Kahn / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 40 (17.8%) black squares
Answers76 (average length 4.87)
Theme squares49 (26.5%)
Scrabble points292 (average 1.58)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Video of the Day



64a Stengel {Yankee manager who wore #37}. Casey Stengel (1890–1975), nicknamed "The Old Perfessor", was an American Major League Baseball player and manager from 1912 until 1965. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Stengel was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and originally nicknamed "Dutch", a common nickname at that time for Americans of German ancestry. After his major league career began, he acquired the nickname "Casey", which originally came from the initials of his hometown ("K. C."), which evolved into "Casey", influenced by the wide popularity of the poem Casey at the Bat. In the 1950s, sportswriters dubbed him with yet another nickname, "The Old Professor", for his sharp wit and his ability to talk at length on anything baseball-related.

Although his baseball career spanned a number of teams and cities, he is primarily associated with clubs in New York City. Between playing and managing, he is the only man to have worn all four of New York's major league clubs' uniforms. He was the first of four men (through the 2009 season) to manage both the New York Yankees and New York Mets; Yogi Berra, Dallas Green, and Joe Torre are the others. Like Torre, he also managed the Braves and the Dodgers. He ended his baseball career as the beloved manager for the then expansion New York Mets, which won over the hearts of New York due to their "lovable loser" image and the unique character of their veteran leader.

The Doctor is IN

1a Mac {Bucko}. Equivalents as terms of address (to a man).

7a bridges {George Washington and others}. Presumably referencing the George Washington Bridge spanning the Hudson River.

50a ins {Seat holders}. in noun one who is in office or power or on the inside [MWCD11].

51a Tre {Italian TV channel}. Rai Tre is a channel of the state-owned Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI).

2d Ashe {"Off the Court" autobiographer}. Arthur Ashe's Off the Court was first published in 1981.

5d cosets {Math groups}. See Cosets.

10d dol. {Capital of the U.S.?}. Capital = currency is in Pavlov's Guide to Crosswords, dol. being short for dollar(s).

31d Orr {Bomber pilot in "Catch-22"}. See Orr (Catch-22).

Image of the Day

Barnard's Inn

39d Inn {Barnard's ___, locale in "Great Expectations"}. Barnard's Inn dates back at least to the mid 13th century — it was recorded as part of the estate of Sir Adam de Basyng, one time Mayor of London. It passed on to John Mackworth, the Dean of Lincoln who in turn passed it on to the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln on his death in 1451. Three years later, it was established as an Inn of Chancery — these were schools for law students before they passed on to an Inn of Court. Barnard's Inn was one of two Inns of Chancery linked to Gray's Inn, the other being Staple Inn.

Barnard's Inn was badly damaged during the Gordon Riots in 1780. An adjacent distillery, owned by a Roman Catholic, Mr Langdale (who escaped), was set alight by rioters. The Hall and other buildings were damaged and one of the officers of the Inn witnessed a "sturdy fellow" pumping up gin from the cellar which he proceeded to sell at a penny a mug to the thirsty onlookers of the fire. The Inn received £3,200 in compensation for the damage.

By the 17th century, qualified attorneys were allowed to practice from Inns of Chancery as well as Inns of Court. By 1830, it had effectively become a set of residential chambers. In 1888, the link to the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln was broken and soon it was purchased by the Mercers' Company, serving as premises for the Mercers' School until 1959. It has been used as a venue for lectures by Gresham College since 1991.

The hero of Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations, Pip, lodged in Barnard's Inn with Herbert Pocket for a number of years following his arrival in London.

Other Clues

4a ach! {Berlin cry}; 14a ash {Burning issue}; 15a Moe {___ Greene, "The Godfather" gangster}; 16a remorse {"The poison of life," per Brontë's Rochester}; 19a isolate {Set apart}; 20a reorder {Online store option}; 21a MTV {"Punk'd" cable channel}; 22a bat {Club for swingers}; 23a estop {Bar, at the bar}; 25a Erato {Poet's Muse}; 32a eels {Coral reef dwellers}; 33a serio- {Prefix with comic}; 34a eye {Check out}; 38a mix {Be sociable}; 41a genie {Bottled spirit}; 42a mine {Go for the gold?}; 48a Fanta {Soft drink brand}; 49a saucy {Fresh}; 54a Kleenex {Sniffler's supply}; 58a edition {Bibliophile's concern}; 61a fit into {Dovetail with}; 62a me a {"Tell ___ story"}; 63a Ave. {New York or Wisconsin, in D.C.}; 65a asp {African menace}; 66a ten {Base ___}.

1d Mawr {Bryn ___ College}; 3d Chao {Elaine ___, George W. Bush's only labor secretary}; 4d amidst {In the center of}; 6d hear of {Be told about}; 7d brim {Spilling point}; 8d rest {Staff symbol}; 9d I'm over it {"That issue is in the past"}; 11d grab at {Reach for rudely}; 12d estate {What you will}; 13d see to {Mind}; 18d tress {Lock}; 24d passers {QBs, often}; 26d Rio {Kia model}; 27d gee! {"Whaddaya know!"}; 28d hey! {"Whaddaya know!"}; 29d olé {Ring cry}; 30d vee {Sign of a winner}; 35d debating {Pre-election activity}; 36d -ene {Chemical suffix}; 37d Sir {"My dear fellow"}; 38d MIA {War stat}; 40d Xed {Crossed (out)}; 41d got {Understood}; 42d Meyer {Debbie who won three swimming gold medals at the 1968 Olympics}; 43d bandit {Picaroon}; 44d on-site {Like some job training}; 45d Yakima {Washington city, river or tribe}; 46d pulses {Nurses take these}; 47d ice-cap {Top-of-the-world topper}; 48d fiefs {Feudal domains}; 52d rote {Learning method}; 53d enol {Hydroxyl compound}; 55d neat {In order}; 56d eave {Projecting edge}; 57d X-Men {2000 Hugh Jackman movie}; 59d tin {Component of bronze}.

2 comments:

cmohr152 said...

How are "seat holders" "ins"?

Crossword Man said...

In the political sense - explanation now added to the commentary.