Sunday, December 26, 2010

NYT Monday 12/27/10 C. W. Stewart - Gentlemen Johnny

This Monday New York Times crossword seemed exceedingly mysterious after the holidays. If it hadn't been for the explanation at 60-Across (yes, I did know of the Ed McMahon catchphrase), there's no way I'd have fathomed the theme, since Johnny Cash is the only Johnny I knew of before today.

That didn't make for a very fast solution and I also stupidly started off with Cash Rambler at 47-Across - having completed here's Johnny at 60-Across, I determinedly put in the one Johnny I knew as soon as I found a place to fit it.

Unfortunately, cippy didn't look right for {A bit cold} and correcting that to nippy was my last action before considering the puzzle complete. Now if I'd heard this little number before, life would have been a lot simpler:


Solving time: 5 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 24d mermen {Fish-tailed males}
Solution

C. W. Stewart
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

Phrases starting with words that are also the surnames of people called Johnny, as indicated by 60a here's Johnny! {Classic TV intro ... or a hint to the starts of 16-, 22-, 30-, 42- and 47-Across}.
16a bench warmer {Second-stringer} cf baseball player Johnny Bench
22a cash payment {Compensation in bills and coins} cf  musician Johnny Cash
30a Miller Lite {"Great taste ... less filling!" sloganeer} cf golfer Johnny Miller
42a River's Edge {1986 Keanu Reeves film} cf musician Johnny Rivers
47a Nash Rambler {Car in the Playmates' 1958 hit "Beep Beep"} cf musician Johnny Nash
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersC. W. Stewart / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 42 (18.7%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.69)
Theme squares64 (35.0%)
Scrabble points302 (average 1.65)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Video of the Day



32d Irv {Newspaper columnist Kupcinet}. Irv Kupcinet (1912–2003) was an American newspaper columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a broadcast personality based in Chicago, Illinois. He was popularly known by the nickname "Kup". His daily Kup's Column was launched in 1943 and remained a fixture in the Sun-Times for the next six decades.

In 1952, Kupcinet became a pioneer in the television talk show genre when he landed his own talk show. In 1957, he replaced Jack Paar on what would eventually become The Tonight Show. Kupcinet's own series ran from 1959 until 1986 and was, at one point, syndicated to over 70 stations throughout the United States. The series garnered 15 Emmy Awards along with a Peabody Award.

The Doctor is IN

1a Batman {Half of the Dynamic Duo}. The Dynamic Duo = the partnership between Batman and Robin.

67a DDT {Banned insecticide, for short}. DDT = dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane.

Image of the Day

umiak

40a umiak {Eskimo boat}. The umiak, umialak, umiaq, umiac, oomiac or oomiak is a type of boat used by Eskimo people, both Yupik and Inuit, and was originally found in all coastal areas from Siberia to Greenland. Its name means "woman's boat," as opposed to the kayak, which means "man's boat".

Like the kayak, the traditional umiak was made from a driftwood frame pegged and lashed together, over which walrus (in western Alaska) or bearded seal skins are stretched. Modern versions are essentially identical with the exception of using metal bolts and screws.

The open umiak is significantly larger than the enclosed kayak which was built to carry one or two men while hunting. A large umiak can hold more than 20 people in its 6 metres (20 ft) to 10 m (33 ft) frame; and about seven skins are needed for the cover on a boat of 30 ft (9.1 m). It has traditionally been used in summer to move people and possessions to seasonal hunting grounds and for hunting whales and walrus.

Other Clues

7a rpm {33 1/3, e.g., for a record: Abbr.}; 10a see {Envision}; 13a arouse {Stir up}; 14a aero- {Prefix with space}; 15a tax {Word after sales or income}; 18a at a {One thing ___ time}; 19a sash {Window framework}; 20a Scala {Milan opera house La ___}; 21a Lil {Rapper ___ Wayne}; 25a stop up {Put a cork in}; 29a Tse {Mao ___-tung}; 34a rare {Still red, as a steak}; 38a undid {Loosened, as a 57-Down}; 39a ere {Before, poetically}; 41a Teen {Miss ___ USA}; 44a toe {Tip of a boot}; 46a tenses {Gets rigid}; 53a -ize {Suffix with rational or civil}; 54a creep {Someone who gives you the willies}; 55a woke {Opened one's eyes in the morning}; 59a put {Place}; 63a pro {Not con}; 64a in it {"What's ___ for me?"}; 65a editor {Magazine manager}; 66a yen {Hankering}; 68a demote {Take down a peg or two}.

1d Babs {Nickname for Barbara}; 2d area {Environs}; 3d tons {A lot}; 4d much {A lot}; 5d Ash {___ Wednesday}; 6d new {Just off the assembly line}; 7d remap {Chart again}; 8d prelate {Church dignitary}; 9d morays {Some eels}; 10d stale {Like week-old bread}; 11d eat in {Dine at home}; 12d exalt {Glorify}; 14d arch {Design feature over many a gate}; 17d ass {Stupidhead}; 22d cued {Prompted}; 23d Apr. {Easter mo., often}; 24d mermen {Fish-tailed males}; 25d smut {Porn}; 26d tine {Fork prong}; 27d Olde {Merrie ___ England}; 28d plinth {Base of a column}; 31d lei {Hawaiian garland}; 33d tee {Golf peg}; 35d aids {Assists}; 36d rage {Fulminate}; 37d ekes {Barely manages, with "out"}; 40d user {Consumer}; 42d rear end {Ram into from behind}; 43d Rte. {___ 1 (Me.-to-Fla. highway)}; 45d orchid {Flower often used in a 31-Down}; 47d nippy {A bit cold}; 48d azure {Sky-blue}; 49d set on {Place atop}; 50d merit {Kind of badge for a Boy Scout}; 51d beet {Reddish-purple bit in a salad}; 52d LP's {Records turning at 33 1/3 7-Across}; 55d whim {Capricious desire}; 56d onto {"Hold ___ your hat!"}; 57d knot {Shoelace problem}; 58d Eyre {Brontë's "Jane ___"}; 61d Jed {___ Bartlet, president on "The West Wing"}; 62d ode {Poem of praise}.

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