Sunday, November 21, 2010

NYT Monday 11/22/10 David Poole - Eat Your Greens

The constructor spotted a rare opportunity in coming up with the theme of this Monday New York Times crossword. Food items that are slang terms for money? There are a few, but ones that also appear in combination with a place name must be rare indeed - and they had to be in pairs of the right length.

Canadian baconAll this makes for a lovely start of the week idea. On getting Canadian bacon I still wasn't quite sure what was going on ... the full answer isn't known as such in the UK and I'm not as familiar with bacon meaning money as I am with Jack, bread and lettuce. So I had to get half way down the grid today before appreciating the theme.

No significant problems today, though the crossing of 44d Ernesto {Che Guevara's given name} and 68a Otero {New Mexico county whose seat is Alamogordo} is perhaps a bit nasty this early in the week. I thought a -o ending was a fair bet for the forename of a man from a Spanish-speaking country (Che hailed from Rosario in Argentina). If that wasn't enough, I'm sure Otero County has come up more than once in the last two years ... but there was definitely a time when that crossing would have freaked me out more.
Solving time: 5 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 35d rare {Opposite of well done}

David Poole
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]


Food items that are also slang terms for money (the words in red) are clued punningly:
20a Canadian bacon {Meal money in Manitoba?}
34a Monterey Jack {Meal money in California?}
41a Italian bread {Meal money in Tuscany?}
56a Boston lettuce {Meal money in Massachusetts?}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersDavid Poole / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 36 (16.0%) black squares
Answers76 (average length 4.97)
Theme squares50 (26.5%)
Scrabble points281 (average 1.49)
Video of the Day

21d Dr. No {Villain in the title of a James Bond book}. It seems like this villainous name has been in every other puzzle I've solved lately ... maybe if I write about him, he'll go under cover for a bit?

Dr. No (also Dr No and Doctor No) is Ian Fleming's sixth James Bond novel, originally published on the 31 March 1958. This novel was inspired by Fleming's having read Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu stories at Eton College. Dr. No was originally a screenplay for producer Henry Morgenthau III in 1956 for what would have been a half-hour television show titled Commander Jamaica. When those plans came to naught, Fleming adapted the screenplay, originally titled The Wound Man. In 1962, the novel Dr. No was adapted as the first James Bond feature film of the EON Productions James Bond 007 series. The novel Dr No marks the first appearance of several James Bond signature character elements: he is officially armed with a Walther PPK pistol, and Major Boothroyd, Q, the armourer, appears.

The Doctor is IN

48a SPF {Tanning lotion letters}. SPF = sun protection factor.

26d ALCS {Part of baseball's postseason: Abbr.}. ALCS = the American League Championship Series.

48d Scully {Mulder's partner on "The X-Files"}. I.e. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny).

53d Corot {French painter of "Le Pont de Mantes"}. I.e. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875).

Image of the Day

Dewar ad

18a Dewar {Big name in Scotch}. Dewar's is a brand of blended Scotch whisky. It was created by John Dewar, Sr. in 1846. Under the control of his two sons, John A. Dewar Jr. (Lord Forteviot) and Thomas "Tommy" Dewar (Lord Dewar), the brand expanded to a global market by 1896. Tommy became famous as the author of a travel journal, Ramble Round the Globe, which documented his travels while publicizing the Dewar name. Dewar's eventually expanded their product by constructing the Aberfeldy Distillery in 1896, which produces single malt Scotch whisky under the labels Aberfeldy 12 and Aberfeldy 21. The company joined Distillers Company in 1925. Distillers was acquired by Guinness in 1986, and Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan to form Diageo in 1997. Diageo sold Dewar's to Bacardi the next year.

Other Clues

1a mats {Wrestling surfaces}; 5a mesas {Small plateaus}; 10a ages {Gets on in years}; 14a Atra {Pioneering razor with a pivoting head}; 15a alert {Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed}; 16a rote {Tedious way to learn}; 17a Sean {Actor Penn with two 23-Across}; 19a Lisa {Bart Simpson's brainy sister}; 23a Oscars {Academy Awards}; 24a SNL {Show that launched Eddie Murphy and Chevy Chase, for short}; 25a gat {Gangster's gun}; 28a tee {Golf peg}; 29a nosh {Quick bite}; 32a gadfly {Persistent, irritating critic}; 36a coma {Unconscious state}; 39a era {Cenozoic or Mesozoic}; 40a Erse {Scots Gaelic}; 46a timing {Comic's asset}; 47a serf {Feudal worker}; 51a esa {Spanish "that"}; 52a Nic {Actor Cage, familiarly}; 54a Nascar {Daytona 500 acronym}; 60a rued {Was sorry about}; 62a Aries {The Ram}; 63a Elks {Benevolent and Protective Order group}; 64a a tad {Not much}; 65a TO LET {Boardinghouse window sign}; 66a Alec {Baldwin of "30 Rock"}; 67a hers {Not his}; 68a Otero {New Mexico county whose seat is Alamogordo}; 69a Kyra {Actress Sedgwick of "The Closer"}.

1d mascot {Georgia's bulldog or Princeton's tiger}; 2d at ease! {"Relax, soldier!"}; 3d trance {Hypnotized state}; 4d Sanaa {Yemen's capital}; 5d Madison {President after Jefferson}; 6d Elea {Home of Zeno}; 7d sewn {Stitched}; 8d Arabs {Most Yemenis}; 9d strange {Eerie}; 10d Arlo {Folkie Guthrie}; 11d going far {On the path to great success}; 12d ETs {U.F.O.'s crew}; 13d sea {Word repeated in the lyric "From ___ to shining ___"}; 22d Clay {Ali, before he was Ali}; 27d tyke {Rug rat}; 30d Sten {British W.W. II gun}; 31d herbs {Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme}; 33d DJed {Played records at a party, say}; 34d Mali {Where Timbuktu is}; 35d rare {Opposite of well done}; 36d cite {Quote from, as a legal case}; 37d Otis {Elevator pioneer Elisha}; 38d Mama Bear {Who owned the too-soft bed that Goldilocks tried}; 42d inns {Quaint roadside stops}; 43d agitato {Energetically, in music}; 44d Ernesto {Che Guevara's given name}; 45d a fat {"... to buy ___ pig"}; 49d Packer {Green Bay athlete}; 50d Fresca {Sprite alternative}; 55d steak {The "turf" part of "surf and turf"}; 57d odds {2:1 or 3:1}; 58d Nile {River near the Great Pyramids}; 59d leer {Wanton look}; 60d rah! {"Go, team!"}; 61d ute {Sport-___ (vehicle)}.

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