Saturday, November 13, 2010

NYT Sunday 11/14/10 Patrick Berry - Two In One

 I found this Sunday New York Times crossword rather easier than average. May have to do with the inserted words being very guessable and then giving twice the help when placed correctly. The one thematic aspect that was at all troublesome was the presence of linking words in a minority of cases, which threw me a bit.

SCRTD Bus Roadeo63-Across seems a little awkward, really needing "wheels" plural to make sense (to me) the way it was clued. I'm not quite sure what the thought behind "tricycle" was ... why not {C.E.O'.s fairground attraction?}. Otherwise, the theme answers seemed solid and raised a smile in most cases.

Outside of the theme there weren't too many hold-ups. The area around the unusual spoored at 5-Down was among the most difficult, since 35a large {L on a T?} and 26a A-One {Superior} also didn't come easily.

This puzzle also introduced me to roadeo (see 20-Across) - having been caught out by roleo earlier this year, I'm now more comfortable seeing -eo as a suffix in the name of a competition.
Solving time: 22 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 44d gun {Round container}

Patrick Berry
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]


"Doubleheaders". Two key words in a phrase are preceded by the same extra word, making a pun.
23a bedrock and bedroll {Factors to consider while trying to sleep on a campout?} cf rock and roll
30a fire water fire hazard {What the marshal declared the moonshiner's shed to be?} cf water hazard
48a buck naked Buckeye {Ohio State athlete who forgot his uniform?} cf naked eye
63a big wheel of big cheese {C.E.O.'s tricycle?} cf wheel of cheese
81a Deadwood dead duck {Wild Bill Hickok holding his aces and eights?} cf wood duck
97a trashcan we trash-talk {Garbage receptacle that you and I insult?} cf can we talk?
108a blue crab Bluegrass {"That high lonesome sound," as played by Atlantic crustaceans?} cf crab grass
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersPatrick Berry / Will Shortz
Grid21x21 with 76 (17.2%) black squares
Answers140 (average length 5.21)
Theme squares123 (33.7%)
Scrabble points630 (average 1.73)
Video of the Day

82d Daisy {1989 Oscar-winning title role for Jessica Tandy}. Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same title for Warner Bros. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford with Morgan Freeman reprising Hoke's role and Jessica Tandy playing Miss Daisy. The story defines Daisy and her point of view through a network of relationships and emotions by focusing on her home life, synagogue, friends, family, fears, and concerns. Hoke is rarely seen out of Miss Daisy's presence, although the title implies that the story is told from his perspective. Driving Miss Daisy won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Tandy), Best Makeup, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Doctor is IN

1a betas {Buggy versions, maybe}. As in beta test software.

35a large {L on a T?}. I.e. L to indicate a large size on a tee shirt.

61a mud {Name for a persona non grata}. Reference to the idiom "his name is mud".

62a Brit {One who puts U in disfavor?}. Reference to the British spelling "disfavour" having an extra U.

7d CSA {Rebel org.}. CSA = Confederate States of America.

14d Welch {Army-McCarthy hearings figure}. See Army–McCarthy hearings.

31d Alec {Tess's literary seducer}. I.e. Alec d'Urberville of Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

35d Lima {City where TV's "Glee" is set}. Glee is set in Lima, Ohio.

76d Meade {Army of the Potomac commander, 1863-65}. I.e. George Meade (1815–1872).

108d bat {Be up}. You're "up" if you're batting in baseball.

109d cue {Ham helper}. "Ham" in the sense of bad actor.

Image of the Day

Berea College, mid-1920's

63d Berea {Kentucky college}. Berea College is a liberal arts work college in Berea, Kentucky (south of Lexington), founded in 1855. Current full-time enrollment is 1,514 students. Berea College is distinctive among post-secondary institutions for providing low-cost education to students from low-income families and for having been the first college in the Southern United States to be coeducational and racially integrated. Berea College charges no tuition; every admitted student is provided the equivalent of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship (currently worth $102,000; $25,500 per year).

Berea offers undergraduate academic programs in 28 different fields. Berea College has a full-participation work-study program where students are required to work at least 10 hours per week in campus and service jobs in over 130 departments. Berea's primary service region is Southern Appalachia, but students come from all states in the United States and more than 60 other countries. Approximately one in three students represents an ethnic minority.

Other Clues

6a acre {Big yard area}; 10a pshaws {Expresses disbelief}; 16a CBS {"The Big Bang Theory" network}; 19a overpassed {Went beyond}; 21a roadeo {Truck driving competition}; 22a oat {Muesli tidbit}; 25a MBA {Upper mgmt. aspirant}; 26a A-One {Superior}; 27a air {You might come up for this}; 28a ABC {Epitome of ease}; 29a Oman {Arabian Peninsula sultanate}; 37a Lad {A. E. Housman's "A Shropshire ___"}; 38a ores {Smelted substances}; 39a ban {Preventive measure}; 40a inundate {Submerge}; 43a bra {Upper support}; 44a garden {Attend to a plot}; 47a moi {"Pardonnez-___!"}; 53a antiwar {Fighting fighting}; 56a oars {Coxswain's lack}; 57a rank {Relative standing}; 58a eds. {Publishing hirees, for short}; 59a assn. {Part of P.T.A.: Abbr.}; 60a A to {From ___ Z}; 69a re-do {Start over on}; 70a DNA {Chain of life?}; 71a six {Local news hour}; 72a hull {Keel's place}; 73a ire {Dudgeon}; 74a Act I {Prologue follower}; 76a more? {Request upon finishing}; 77a en masse {As a group}; 85a hex {Spell}; 86a salaam {Respectful bow}; 87a rap {Criminal charge}; 88a skyscape {Picture that shows you what's up?}; 91a GIs {Platoon members, briefly}; 92a vied {Competed}; 94a amp {Unit of current}; 96a ports {Places to plug in peripherals}; 103a rosy {Promising good things}; 104a alt {Music genre prefix}; 105a Way {Ancient Rome's Appian ___}; 106a oh no! {"What a shame!"}; 107a Axl {Rose of rock}; 115a Mia {Uma's "Pulp Fiction" role}; 116a avenue {Many a Monopoly property}; 117a Leona Lewis {Singer of the 2008 #1 hit "Bleeding Love"}; 118a pew {Seat facing the altar}; 119a tested {Worked on in the lab}; 120a estd. {Cornerstone abbr.}; 121a erect {Put up}.

1d bob {Rise and fall repeatedly}; 2d eve {Big day preceder}; 3d Ted {Red Sox legend Williams}; 4d arraign {Call into court}; 5d spoored {Followed the game}; 6d askew {Crooked}; 8d Renata {Soprano Tebaldi}; 9d eddied {Went around in circles, say}; 10d pre- {Opposite of post-}; 11d sod {Landscaper's roll}; 12d Harare {Zimbabwe's capital}; 13d adobes {Pueblo structures}; 15d Sol {Roman sun god}; 16d commandeers {"Borrows" peremptorily}; 17d Babar {Founder of Celesteville, in children's lit}; 18d stand {Roadside shop}; 20d acne {Indication of teen stress, maybe}; 24d brr! {"Turn up the heat!"}; 29d Ozark {Missouri's ___ Trail}; 30d fruit {Common dessert ingredient}; 32d forks {Offers a few directions?}; 33d irae {"Dies ___" (Latin hymn)}; 34d aback {By surprise}; 36d anon {In a moment}; 41d abash {Discountenance}; 42d turned to {Called upon}; 43d bar of soap {Fragrant cake}; 44d gun {Round container}; 45d Eydie {Singer Gorme}; 46d nest {Cheeper lodging?}; 49d koala {Eucalyptus eater}; 50d NATO {Defense grp. headquartered in Belgium}; 51d drug {Pharmacopoeia selection}; 52d bad check {It bounces}; 54d Iago {Shakespearean character who says "I am not what I am"}; 55d WSW {Nashville-to-Memphis dir.}; 61d mixed {Diverse}; 62d Béla {Composer Bartók}; 64d ideal gas law {pV = nRT, to physicists}; 65d Enid {Geraint's wife in "Idylls of the King"}; 66d bird {Aircraft, informally}; 67d hunky {Like a Chippendales dancer}; 68d elm {Massachusetts' state tree}; 69d rids {Frees (of)}; 74d awash {Covered}; 75d .com {Business address ender}; 78d shark {Pool hall pro}; 79d sept {Quatre + trois}; 80d exes {Former union members?}; 83d drew {Took a card}; 84d USPS {Census form deliverer: Abbr.}; 89d spangle {Sequin}; 90d colorer {Crayon wielder}; 92d values {Moral standards}; 93d intent {Focused}; 94d arable {Fit for cultivation}; 95d maybes {Invitees who didn't R.S.V.P., say}; 97d tramp {Cargo vessel with no fixed route}; 98d Roxie {___ Hart, showgirl in "Chicago"}; 99d calve {Deliver at a farm}; 100d TWA {Bygone rival of Delta}; 101d hound {Harass nonstop}; 102d the A {"Take ___ Train"}; 110d red {Spectrum segment}; 111d lot {Auction purchase}; 112d awe {What the sublime inspires}; 113d sic {Verbatim quote addendum, possibly}; 114d SST {J.F.K. arrival of old}.


Anonymous said...

A childs plastic tricycle is commonly known in North America as a "big wheel". It may even be a Fisher-Price trademarked name. A metal tricycle is still a tricycle, but you don't see so many of those anymore.

Crossword Man said...

Thanks Anon for the Big Wheel explanation. The clue makes perfect sense now!

Anonymous said...

In Kubrick's "The Shining" Danny rides his BIG WHEEL down the halls of the hotel.

Crossword Man said...

So that's a Big Wheel ... thanks Anon 2.