Friday, December 24, 2010

NYT Saturday 12/25/10 Stanley Newman - Solution

Three Santas

Happy holidays from Santa Crossword Man, Santa Magdalen and our guest Santa Henry.


Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Saturday December 25, 2010. This is an abbreviated post as I am now in vacation mode for the holiday weekend. Full commentaries will resume with the Monday puzzle.


Solving time: 21 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 44a Sneezy {Happy cohort?}
Solution

Stanley Newman
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

Names starting "Santa" are given the same fill-in-the-blank clue:
19a Catalina Island {Santa ___}
36a Monica Mountains {Santa ___}
48a Anita Racetrack {Santa ___}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersStanley Newman / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 34 (15.1%) black squares
Answers72 (average length 5.31)
Theme squares43 (22.5%)
Scrabble points291 (average 1.52)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Other Clues

1a CBS News {"The Twentieth Century" producer}; 8a decimal {Point}; 15a rat-a-tat {Knock noise}; 16a emanate {Spring}; 17a on a dare {How some pranks are done}; 18a Lillian {1970s "first mother"}; 21a non {Security Council veto}; 22a soy {Makeup of some burgers}; 23a dazing {Stunning}; 28a do in {Put away}; 30a jam {Get stuck}; 33a ivory {Off-white shade}; 34a Arno {Sight from the top of the Leaning Tower}; 35a pure {Out-and-out}; 39a lies {Isn't straight}; 40a Dems. {Certain party, in headlines}; 41a Incas {Members of an ancient empire}; 42a yds. {Golf scorecard abbr.}; 43a ruse {Part of the planning for many a surprise birthday party}; 44a Sneezy {Happy cohort?}; 45a AOL {Company with an I.P.O. in both 1992 and 2009}; 46a dot {Point}; 56a animate {Stir up}; 57a treacle {Schmaltz}; 58a donates {Builds a foundation, say}; 59a end play {Bridge topic}; 60a DNA test {Lab procedure}; 61a toss-ups {Some game show questions}.

1d croc {Big snapper, informally}; 2d Bana {Actor who played the villain in 2009's "Star Trek"}; 3d stat {Doctor's directive}; 4d nada {Zip}; 5d et al {Endnote abbr.}; 6d Waring {Big blender maker}; 7d steno {Old office worker}; 8d deli {Place for a ham}; 9d emission {E.P.A. measurement}; 10d call on {Tap}; 11d inlay {Fine furniture feature}; 12d main {Water carrier}; 13d a tad {Slightly}; 14d Len {Wiseman who directed "Live Free or Die Hard"}; 20d Andromeda {Wife of Perseus}; 23d dimly {How distant stars shine}; 24d avoid {Go around}; 25d zones {Thinks about nothing, with "out"}; 26d iris {Tennessee's state flower}; 27d NYC {Former U.S. capital: Abbr.}; 29d onus {Heavy load}; 30d juice {Oomph}; 31d Arnaz {"I Love Lucy" executive producer}; 32d messy {Embarrassing}; 34d Ames {City north of Des Moines}; 35d pane {Stamp sheet}; 37d adulates {Fawns over}; 38d tin {Corrosion-resistant plating}; 43d rotate {Circumvolve}; 44d Sterno {"Perfection under fire" product}; 45d aim at {Imply}; 47d octet {Certain chamber piece}; 48d anon {Uninformative attribution: Abbr.}; 49d Niña {Granada girl}; 50d rest {Doctor's directive}; 51d Teds {Turner and others}; 52d raps {Chins or jaws}; 53d ACLU {Opponent of the Patriot Act, for short}; 54d clap {Give a hand?}; 55d keys {They have all the answers}; 56d add {Foot up}.

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