Monday, October 25, 2010

NYT Tuesday 10/26/10 Chris Handman - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Tuesday October 26, 2010. This is an abbreviated post as I am currently traveling in the UK. Full commentaries will resume when time permits.
Solving time: 7 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 11d Enid {An OK city}
Solution

Chris Handman
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

Satirical demonstrations planned for Saturday October 30, 2010:
1a/17a Rally to Restore Sanity {Event of 10/30/10}
39a Colbert {Organizer of the 54-/65-Across}
41a Stewart {Organizer of the 1-/17-Across}
54a/65a  March to Keep Fear Alive {Event of 10/30/10}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersChris Handman / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 39 (17.3%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.77)
Theme squares54 (29.0%)
Scrabble points295 (average 1.59)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Other Clues

6a Papa {With 10-Across, sobriquet for Bill O'Reilly used by 39-Across}; 10a Bear {See 6-Across}; 14a avoid {Duck, as a question}; 15a riot {Real comedian}; 16a Anna {Tolstoy's Karenina}; 20a sirs {Knights}; 21a OMB {White House fiscal grp.}; 22a trades {Deals in a fantasy league}; 23a retro {Fashionably old}; 25a alum {Reuniongoer}; 27a oaf {Buffoon}; 28a lady luck {Gambler's best friend?}; 33a NBA {Wizards' and Celtics' org.}; 36a tails {Winner when heads loses}; 38a area {Pi r squared, for a circle}; 44a arte {Uffizi display}; 45a storm {Tempest}; 47a lay {Troubadour's song}; 48a anathema {Object of loathing}; 51a Emb. {Envoy's bldg.}; 53a a leg {"Shake ___!"}; 57a stanza {Song part}; 61a two {Duo}; 63a IHOP {Breakfast place that's often open 24 hrs.}; 68a aria {"Caro nome," e.g.}; 69a sear {Cook in a way, as tuna or beef tenderloin}; 70a alter {Rehem, say}; 71a bent {Not straight}; 72a Emmy {Award won for 39- and 41-Across's programs}; 73a Roark {"The Fountainhead" hero}.

1d rats! {"Darn it!"}; 2d avoir {To have, to Henri}; 3d Lorre {Peter of "Casablanca"}; 4d lies to {Deceives}; 5d yds. {They are 3 ft. long}; 6d prom {Annual coronation site}; 7d airball {Complete miss in basketball}; 8d Poe {"The Tell-Tale Heart" writer}; 9d at stud {Offered for breeding}; 10d Bana {Eric who played the Hulk in 2003}; 11d Enid {An OK city}; 12d ante {Throw in a few chips, say}; 13d Rays {Tampa Bay team}; 18d too far {How a practical joke or a subway train may be taken}; 19d Army {"Be All You Can Be" group}; 24d rate {2.5%/year interest, e.g.}; 26d lasso {Rodeo rope}; 29d law {Supreme Court's sphere}; 30d Ural {___ Mountains, Europe/Asia separator}; 31d Cera {Michael of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"}; 32d Katy {1918 song girl whose name was sung with a stutter}; 33d NCAA {Final Four inits.}; 34d born {Brought into the world}; 35d Alta {Utah ski resort}; 37d it's me {Informal reply to "Who's there?"}; 40d bet {Wager}; 42d tremor {2 or 3 on the Richter scale, maybe}; 43d Emma {Jane Austen meddler}; 46d tag team {Wrestling duo}; 49d haze {Smog, e.g.}; 50d elapse {Go by, as time}; 52d Brillo {S.O.S alternative}; 55d Chita {Tony-winning Rivera}; 56d hover {Act like an overly protective parent}; 57d stab {Pierce}; 58d tore {Ripped}; 59d akin {Comparable (to)}; 60d neat {Tidy}; 62d wary {Cautious}; 64d perk {Employee discount, e.g.}; 66d fem. {Opposite of masc.}; 67d Aar {Swiss river}.

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