Friday, December 3, 2010

NYT Saturday 12/4/10 Doug Peterson - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Saturday December 4, 2010. This is an abbreviated post as I am currently on vacation; full commentaries will resume with next Monday's puzzle.
Solving time: 23 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 59d nods {Signs an agreement?}
Solution

Doug Peterson
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersDoug Peterson / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 28 (12.4%) black squares
Answers72 (average length 5.47)
Theme squares0 (0.0%)
Scrabble points310 (average 1.57)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Other Clues

1a Ljubljana {Capital NE of the Gulf of Trieste}; 10a Pablo {Housemate in Steinbeck's "Tortilla Flat"}; 15a au naturel {With nothing on}; 16a troop {Outfit}; 17a brimstone {Fiery rhetoric}; 18a Alice {"You're nothing but a pack of cards!" speaker}; 19a sets {Becomes fixed}; 20a emery {File stuff}; 22a élan {Sparkle}; 23a as a {With 3-Down, collectively}; 24a tassels {Fringe group?}; 26a swirl {Easter egg design}; 30a stint {Spell}; 32a die {Stop running}; 33a Pamela {Victoria's "Dallas" role}; 35a inkspots {Some shirt pocket problems}; 37a Alma {Presbyterian-founded Michigan college}; 38a budge {Stir}; 40a Avia {Puma rival}; 41a Clarissa {Mrs. Dalloway in "Mrs. Dalloway"}; 43a esteem {Treasure}; 45a eat {Get down}; 46a scald {Kitchen mishap}; 48a terse {Not flowery}; 49a swear at {Dress down like a sailor?}; 51a AOL {Co. with many keywords}; 53a harm {Wrong}; 54a moans {Wind sounds}; 56a Oman {Monarchy since the 1740s}; 60a Iliad {Collection of 24 books}; 62a Dr. Zhivago {Russian famously played by an Egyptian}; 64a plaza {Superhighway service site}; 65a alienated {Like many former friends}; 66a Salem {"Days of Our Lives" town}; 67a yoga class {It may have you in an awkward position}.

1d labs {Culture development sites}; 2d jure {De ___ (by law)}; 3d unit {See 23-Across}; 4d bams {Smashing sounds}; 5d Lts. {Some capts.-to-be}; 6d Jutes {Old Isle of Wight settlers}; 7d aromas {Invisible enticements}; 8d nene {New Mexican?}; 9d alerting {Red flag's purpose}; 10d PTA {Ed supporter}; 11d Arles {"Cafe Terrace at Night" setting}; 12d boiled over {Hit the roof}; 13d localities {Settings}; 14d open sesame {"Let me in," facetiously}; 21d Yankee {One noted for ingenuity}; 23d all- {American leader?}; 25d Sts. {GPS data: Abbr.}; 2d6d spaceships {"Avatar" craft}; 27d Walla Walla {Home of Whitman College}; 28d immaterial {Neither here nor there}; 29d rear {Can}; 31d tidal {Like some pools}; 34d Abscam {Sting in 1980 headlines}; 36d pate {Brie alternative}; 39d USA Today {It has color-coded sections}; 42d Isr. {Its highest mtn. is Meron}; 44d STL {Card letters}; 47d Danzig {Birthplace of Günter Grass}; 50d amaze {Floor}; 52d O'Shea {Tony-winning Tessie}; 55d Arlo {Joan followed him at Woodstock}; 56d oval {Like olives}; 57d Mata {___ Hari}; 58d ages {Dating service data}; 59d nods {Signs an agreement?}; 61d dam {Stop from running}; 63d Inc. {Letterhead abbr.}.

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