Thursday, December 9, 2010

NYT Friday 12/10/10 Elizabeth C. Gorski - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Friday December 10, 2010. This is an abbreviated post as I have to get up super early tomorrow for my USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test and need all the sleep I can get. Normal service will be resumed tomorrow.
Solving time: 26 mins (with Henry, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 16a pool table {Something you can bank on}

Elizabeth C. Gorski
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]


A note shape made by black squares at the center of the grid is referenced by 33a/36a Johnny One Note {"Babes in Arms" tune that's apt for this puzzle}.

Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersElizabeth C. Gorski / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 38 (16.9%) black squares
Answers63 (average length 5.94)
Theme squares13 (7.0%)
Scrabble points274 (average 1.47)
Other Clues

1a narcs {Dealers' dreads}; 6a sales tags {Clothes hangers?}; 15a amole {Plant whose roots are used as detergent}; 16a pool table {Something you can bank on}; 17a pecan {Tart flavor}; 18a all sewn up {Totally assured, as victory}; 19a Inkster {Two-time U.S. Women's Open winner}; 21a set a {___ date}; 22a erosive {Like swift streams}; 23a ins {People who have been 45-Downed}; 26a gar {Air-gulping swimmer}; 27a ran amok {Went wild}; 28a net {What flounder flounder in}; 29a AMA {Grp. knocked in "Sicko"}; 30a ene {Needle point?: Abbr.}; 31a Moritat {Alternative title of "Mack the Knife"}; 37a borates {Sodium ___ (cleansers)}; 38a tasered {Like some people resisting arrest}; 39a leer {It might accompany a bar line}; 40a Hts. {N.Y.C.'s Washington ___}; 41a it's a {"___ date"}; 42a bemired {Stuck, in a way}; 47a pots {Kitties}; 48a as a rule {99 times out of 100}; 49a preschool {Spot for a tot}; 54a Renés {Stethoscope inventor Laënnec and others}; 55a Erie Canal {Early 19th-century engineering marvel}; 56a Knick {Bill Bradley, once}; 57a dead spots {Where cells are of little use}; 58a sects {Friends and such}.

1d Napier {Inventor of logarithms}; 2d Amen-Ra {Dualistic Egyptian deity}; 3d rock on {"All right, dude!"}; 4d class A {Superb}; 5d sentiment {What a motto encapsulates}; 6d spare keys {Dupes in some mailboxes}; 7d AOL {Part of AIM}; 8d LOL {Part of many an AIM chat}; 9d Els {P.G.A. Tour Rookie of the Year two years before Woods}; 10d Ste. {Femme canonisée: Abbr.}; 11d taws {Fancy shooters}; 12d abnegator {One who surrenders}; 13d glutamate {MSG component}; 14d separated {Apart}; 20d Evonne {Tennis's Goolagong}; 23d in mothballs {Being reserved}; 24d neonates {They may be incubating}; 25d stress marks {Accents}; 32d in E {Like Bach's second violin concerto}; 33d Joe Torre {Author of "Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series"}; 34d Oresteia {Aeschylus trilogy}; 35d harassed {Dogged}; 37d blipped {Appeared on screen, in a way}; 43d Irene {Rich of old films}; 44d runic {Like some tattooed characters}; 45d elect {Give a seat to}; 46d desks {Anchors' places}; 50d CCs {Dupes in some mailboxes}; 51d hap {Chance}; 52d Ono {Dweller near Central Park's Strawberry Fields}; 53d oat {Kind of flour}.


Alpine Joy said...

Dear Englishman,

No comments on your page? May I begin? There has been a lively discussion of this puzzle over at Rex Parker's.

I commented over there that the theme of the puzzle was its asymmetry, especially because it included the clue "99 times out of 100", i.e., that the rule for puzzles was reversible symmetry, and that this exception proved the rule.

Rex mentioned the "conspiracy" that the puzzle also was about John Lennon (Johnny), who is supposed to have de-tuned his D-string on purpose in some songs, and Yoko Ono is mentioned in this puzzle in the anniversary week he passed away. Johnny One-Note?

Can you bring to bear any of your English knowledge base to bear on any of this? What do you think?

I enjoy your site very much. Thanks.


Alpine Joy said...


Such an excellent job on the NPR quilting puzzle!

I love tessellation!! Nicely played, sir!

Crossword Man said...

Thanks for commenting David. Sorry not to have had the time for a full analysis on this one, but things have now moved on.

I know both John Lennon and Yoko Ono are somewhat in the thoughts of the constructor (see John Lennon, the Violin and the Deli), but to imagine they're the theme of the crossword may be reading too much into it.

We have my wife Magdalen to thank for the quilting patterns - very imaginative of her to come up with that way of looking at the puzzle.