Sunday, December 5, 2010

NYT Monday 12/6/10 Richard Chisholm - Library Admonitions

librarianThis Monday New York Times crossword was on the easy side, so I managed to get the whole way through the grid without pausing to consider the connection between the long answers.

It's debatable whether a hesitation to uncover the theme would have been compensated for: I certainly had trouble guessing the theme answers from their clues alone on a first pass down the acrosses; however, they came easily enough once a few letters were known.

Another factor hampering recognition of the theme in the heat of the solving process is the long answers that don't participate, but might have on another day ... particularly 11d smart money {Wagers from those in the know} and 28d tell me more {"Go on ..."}, as well as the central 39a Part III {Last installment of "The Godfather"}.

There is a nod to the theme at 51d shh! {Library admonition}, it seems to me, though the connection isn't spelled out in the cluing.
Solving time: 4 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 45d hard hat {Construction worker}

Richard Chisholm
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]


Two-part phrases where both parts start SH:
18a shipshape {In good order}
23a sharpshooter {Annie Oakley, for one}
30a shellshock {Combat stress syndrome}
44a short-sheet {Pull a bed prank on}
49a sheep-shearer {Wool gatherer}
61a shoeshine {Bootblack's service}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersRichard Chisholm / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 38 (16.9%) black squares
Answers76 (average length 4.92)
Theme squares62 (33.2%)
Scrabble points312 (average 1.67)
Video of the Day

48a Elayne {Funnywoman Boosler}. Ignorance of Elayne Boosler did for me in the ACPT 2009, and I think this is the first time she's come up since then, giving me a chance to put a face to a name. After working three years as doorman at The Improvisation comedy club in New York, Boosler met comedian Andy Kaufman, a regular at the club, who convinced her she should do standup comedy. The two dated for three years and remained friends until Kaufman's death. Boosler credits Kaufman for her "comedy education" as well as her other peers at the time which included Freddie Prinze, Jay Leno, Larry David, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer, Jimmie Walker and Ed Bluestone.

Boosler was an instant success in a field which was then still dominated by male performers. In 1986 Boosler became the first female to get her own comedy special on cable when Showtime aired "Party of One". Boosler had to save her money and produce the special herself, because none of the cable networks thought people would tune in to see a female do an hour of comedy. People magazine gave it an ‘A’. John J. O’Connor in the New York Times wrote, ”how refreshing, a woman who doesn’t have to tear her own skin off for our amusement. . an attractive human being simply standing there being funny, the first to feel she doesn’t have to be a grotesque..”

Following the rave reviews, Showtime immediately gave her a deal for three more specials, and rival HBO announced its own new series of specials, “Women of the Night”. For this reason, Boosler is widely credited with opening new doors to women in comedy.

The Doctor is IN

14a AMA {Physician's org.}. AMA = American Medical Association.

41a NEA {Cultural support org.}. NEA = National Endowment for the Arts.

Image of the Day

Ernie Pyle

53d Ernie {W.W. II correspondent Pyle}. Ernie Pyle (1900–1945) was an American journalist who wrote as a roving correspondent for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain from 1935 until his death in combat during World War II. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. His articles, about the out-of-the-way places he visited and the people who lived there, were written in a folksy style, much like a personal letter to a friend. He enjoyed a following in some 300 newspapers. On April 18, 1945, Pyle died on Ie Shima, an island off Okinawa Honto, after being hit by Japanese machine-gun fire.

Other Clues

1a Cajun {Native Louisianan}; 6a lip {Sass}; 9a past {Future's opposite}; 13a orate {Make a grand speech}; 15a acmes {Pinnacles}; 17a liked {Appreciated}; 20a Eden {Adam and Eve's first home}; 21a peer at {Watch intently}; 22a Rea {Actor Stephen of "Michael Collins"}; 26a Arties {Bandleader Shaw and others}; 29a ram {Mate for 60-Down}; 35a fobs {Watch chains}; 38a cel {Disney frame}; 39a Part III {Last installment of "The Godfather"}; 42a halt! {"Stop right there!"}; 46a moo {Cow sound}; 55a yam {Thanksgiving side dish}; 56a thorns {Rosebush hazards}; 57a daze {Make woozy}; 63a Shrew {"The Taming of the ___"}; 64a tarsi {Ankle bones}; 65a Sir {Title for Galahad}; 66a sacre {"___ bleu!"}; 67a seen {Viewed}; 68a tea {Tetley product}; 69a ethos {Set of cultural values}.

1d Cole {Porter who wrote "Night and Day"}; 2d arid {Saharan}; 3d Jake {Gyllenhaal of "Love & Other Drugs"}; 4d utensil {Knife, fork or spoon}; 5d Ned {Rorem who composed the opera "Our Town"}; 6d laser {Modern surgical tool}; 7d I'm hep! {Zoot-suiter's "Got it!"}; 8d pairs {Noah's ark groupings}; 9d pastor {Congregation leader}; 10d ach! {German exclamation}; 11d smart money {Wagers from those in the know}; 12d tepee {Shelter made of buffalo skin, maybe}; 16d sear {Blacken, as a steak}; 19d pah {Oom-___}; 21d pass as {Succeed in appearing to be}; 24d help {Lend a hand}; 25d oaf {Buffoon}; 26d Asch {Yiddish writer Sholem}; 27d Rhea {Perlman of "Cheers"}; 28d tell me more {"Go on ..."}; 31d HRH {Prince's title: Abbr.}; 32d Oto {Plains Indian}; 33d cir. {Round fig.}; 34d kiters {Writers of bad checks}; 36d been {Has-___}; 37d sate {Overfill}; 40d Isle {___ of Wight}; 43d toe {One on the Statue of Liberty is almost three feet long}; 45d hard hat {Construction worker}; 47d opts in {Chooses to participate}; 49d Syst. {The "S" in CBS: Abbr.}; 50d ha-has {Laughs}; 51d shh! {Library admonition}; 52d hoist {Lift}; 54d an era {"It's the end of ___"}; 58d arch {St. Louis's Gateway ___}; 59d zero {0}; 60d ewes {Mates for a 29-Across}; 62d -ese {Language suffix}; 63d SSE {Opposite of NNW}.


D_Blackwell said...

Good video. I knew she was a comedienne, but I didn't know she was funny.

Crossword Man said...

Thanks DB. Glad you enjoyed it.