Wednesday, October 20, 2010

NYT Wednesday 10/20/10 Finn Vigeland - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Wednesday October 20, 2010. This is an abbreviated post as I am currently traveling in the UK. Full commentaries will resume when time permits.
Solving time: 9 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 36a seat {You may take one before dinner}
Solution

Finn Vigeland
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

Answers with the initials HM, as indicated by 37a H and M {Swedish-based international clothing giant ... or a hint to the answers to the six starred clues}.
17a heavy metal {*Megadeth's music genre}
27a Hakuna matata {*"The Lion King" song}
43a hotel manager {*Hilton head, e.g.}
58a Horace Mann {*The Father of American Public Education}
11d hash marks {*Lines on a football field}
33d haut monde {*Society}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersFinn Vigeland / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 34 (15.1%) black squares
Answers76 (average length 5.03)
Theme squares65 (34.0%)
Scrabble points325 (average 1.70)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Other Clues

1a Ocala {City SSW of Jacksonville}; 6a ergs {Physics units}; 10a then {First of two before-and-after pictures}; 14a civil {Mannerly}; 15a rile {Stir (up)}; 16a easy {"No prob"}; 19a ASAP! {"Now!"}; 20a Erse {European tongue}; 21a estd. {Cornerstone abbr.}; 22a aphid {Green bug}; 23a ratchet {Increase in increments, with "up"}; 25a Hi, Mom! {Sign in the bleachers}; 31a arhat {Enlightened Buddhist}; 34a in at {___ the beginning}; 35a Rom. {Neighbor of Hung.}; 36a seat {You may take one before dinner}; 39a WKRP {Dr. Johnny Fever's station, in 1970s-'80s TV}; 40a CPU {Hi-tech heart}; 41a baño {Spanish bath}; 42a bosom {Kind of buddy}; 47a mneme {One of the three original Muses}; 48a smelled {Knocked someone out, say}; 52a fjord {Viking training camp?}; 54a Rota {"The Godfather" composer Nino}; 56a done {"I finished"}; 57a Leno {Who once remarked "You can't stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh"}; 60a addl. {Extra: Abbr.}; 61a uber {German word slangily used to mean "extremely"}; 62a radii {Circle measures}; 63a Kiel {Germany's ___ Canal}; 64a meme {Internet ___ (viral phenomenon)}; 65a Epsom {English race site}.

1d ocher {Autumn hue}; 2d Ciera {Old Olds}; 3d avast! {"Stop, matey!"}; 4d live chat {Real-time online conversation}; 5d Aly {Prince ___ Khan}; 6d Eres Tu {1974 Mocedades hit}; 7d Ritt {Film director Martin}; 8d glad-hand {Politician's greeting}; 9d sel {Partner of poivre, in French seasoning}; 10d tea-pot {It's "short and stout" in a children's song}; 12d Esai {Morales who played a 13-Down officer on TV}; 13d NYPD {See 12-Down}; 18d meek {Docile}; 22d amat {Part of a Latin 101 trio}; 24d hat {Symbol of a position}; 26d imam {Shiite leader}; 28d ninon {Sheer fabric}; 29d toro {One seeing red?}; 30d AM/PM {Like 12-hour clocks}; 31d Asch {"The Nazarene" author Sholem}; 32d Repo {"___ Man"}; 37d Hamm {2004 Olympics gymnastics star Paul or Morgan}; 38d anaerobe {Organism that doesn't require oxygen}; 39d world map {Colorful almanac feature}; 41d bled {Ran}; 42d bee {Busy type}; 44d enroll {Sign up}; 45d astare {Rubbernecking}; 46d GMAC {Auto financing co.}; 49d loads {A lot}; 50d Ennio {Film composer Morricone}; 51d denim {Material in a "Canadian tuxedo"}; 52d flak {Criticism}; 53d Jedi {Lightsaber wielder}; 55d Orem {Utah city}; 58d hum {What fans do}; 59d ere {Poetic preposition}.

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