Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NYT Wednesday 12/1/10 Caleb Madison - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Wednesday December 1, 2010. This is an abbreviated post as I am currently on vacation; full commentaries will resume with next Monday's puzzle.
Solving time: 8 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 40a bat {Be up}
Solution

Caleb Madison
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

The movies of 1a/66a Woody Allen {Subject of this puzzle, born 12/1/1935} in honor of his 75th birthday.
9a/64a Match Point {With 64-Across, 1-/66-Across movie of 2005}
17a Radio Days {... of 1987}
22a Alice {... of 1990}
29a Manhattan {... of 1979}
34a Bananas {... of 1971}
36a Sleeper {... of 1973}
43a Annie Hall {... of 1977}
50a Zelig {... of 1983}
57a Interiors {... of 1978}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersCaleb Madison / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 37 (16.4%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.82)
Theme squares80 (42.6%)
Scrabble points286 (average 1.52)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Other Clues

6a Bea {"Maude" star Arthur}; 14a as I recall {"If memory serves ..."}; 16a stola {Dress in the Forum}; 18a Romas {Some tomatoes}; 19a misstep {Faux pas}; 21a CST {Winter hrs. in St. Louis}; 26a ion {___ exchange}; 27a base {It's high on the pH scale}; 28a Ramon {Silents actor Novarro}; 31a amah {Asian nurse}; 32a Kan. {Dorothy's state: Abbr.}; 33a aww! {"Too bad!"}; 40a bat {Be up}; 41a año {Mayo is in it}; 42a la la {___ land}; 47a avion {Par ___}; 48a aout {Part of l'été}; 49a Idi {A mean Amin}; 51a ANC {Nelson Mandela's org.}; 52a pergola {Shaded passageway}; 55a molto {Verdi's very}; 62a anear {Close, in verse}; 63a febrility {Feverishness}; 65a TDs {Raiders make them, informally}.

1d war {Something played out in a theater}; 2d osa {Spanish she-bear}; 3d -oid {Geometric suffix}; 4d Dri {Demoisturized, in commercial names}; 5d yeomen {Palace workers}; 6d baas {Flock sounds}; 7d Elysian {Heavenly}; 8d Alston {Hall-of-Famer Walter who was a Dodger manager for 23 years}; 9d MSRP {No. on a car}; 10d A to {___ Z}; 11d tom-cat {Male with whiskers}; 12d class A {Top-level}; 13d hasten {Get a move on}; 15d CDI {Early fifth-century year}; 20d enhalo {Surround with a glow}; 22d Arab {Sheik's mount}; 23d lama {Spiritual guide}; 24d Iman {One-named 1970s-'80s supermodel}; 25d cohabit {Live together}; 27d B twelve {Vitamin involved in cell metabolism}; 29d mas {"Keep them coming, Juan!"}; 30d awe {Amazement}; 32d Kathie {TV's ___ Lee}; 35d nae {Scot's not}; 36d SNL {Show announced by Don Pardo for 30+ years, for short}; 37d pail {Construction worker's lunch container}; 38d Eloi {H. G. Wells people}; 39d rang {Phoned}; 41d aligned {Neatened, in a way}; 43d AAA map {Certain travel guide}; 44d no! no! no! {"Stop! You've got it all wrong!"}; 45d nuclei {Centers}; 46d adrift {Unmoored}; 47d Azaria {Hank with voices on "The Simpsons"}; 52d port {Left side}; 53d OTBs {Places where the Daily Racing Form is read, in brief}; 54d Ler {Celtic sea god}; 56d tan {Get bronze}; 58d ill {Excellent, slangily}; 59d oil {Lube (up)}; 60d rte. {Way: Abbr.}; 61d syn. {Dict. listing}.

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