Saturday, December 11, 2010

NYT Sunday 12/12/10 Karen Young Bonin - Haste = Waste?

Three of us managed to solve this Sunday New York Times crossword over dinner tonight (Saturday) and proved just how much slower several solvers can be, especially when trying to eat at the same time. I suspect this would have been a sub-30 minute puzzle solved solo, with no distractions.

clean sheepThe title for once neatly disguised the theme until - after six minutes - we got the first theme answer 23a harp speed and realized this derived from warp speed. The other theme answers were similarly amusing, with 16d clean sheep {Flock after a rainstorm?} being a highlight.

We took a wrong turning with 80a {Showy coat?}, considering pelt was a reasonable answer; also 92d {Polished} came out as shone first (do they say that in America?). There weren't too many of that sort of red herring in the puzzle, but there seemed to be sufficient hard clues, plus obscure references that none of us knew, to keep progress on the slow side.
Solving time: 41 mins (with Magdalen and Henry, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 126a parred {Just missed a birdie}
Solution

Karen Young Bonin
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]

Theme

"The Wish" to be interpreted as "The W is H": a W changes to an H in a phrase, making a pun.
23a harp speed {Tempo for a stringed instrument?} cf warp speed
25a thin sisters {Nine Muses after dieting?} cf twin sisters
34a global harming {Alien attackers' goal?} cf global warming
68a haste management {Rush hour control?} cf waste management
99a hinged victory {Choice of the right door on "Let's Make a Deal"?} cf Winged Victory
116a ready to hear {Like tuned-in listeners?} cf ready-to-wear
118a Magic hand {Orlando team water boy, e.g.?} cf magic wand
16d clean sheep {Flock after a rainstorm?} cf clean sweep
73d silver hare {Tortoise's opponent after finishing second?} cf silverware
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersKaren Young Bonin / Will Shortz
Grid21x21 with 72 (16.3%) black squares
Answers140 (average length 5.27)
Theme squares99 (26.8%)
Scrabble points562 (average 1.52)
Letters usedABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Video of the Day



107d a Male {"I Was ___ War Bride"}. I Was a Male War Bride is a 1949 comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan. This film was based on I was an Alien Spouse of Female Military Personnel Enroute to the United States Under Public Law 271 of the Congress, a biography of Henri Rochard, a Belgian who married an American nurse. The film is the story of French Army officer Henri Rochard (Grant) who must pass as a war bride in order to go back to the United States with Women's Army Corps officer Catherine Gates (Sheridan). The film is noted as being a low key screwball comedy with a famous final sequence featuring Cary Grant impersonating a female army nurse.

Rochard's bewilderment at the strange abbrs. in the above clip reminds me of my first encounters with the Alphabet Soup.

The Doctor is IN

9a masher {Wolf}. Synonyms in the sense of "a man forward, direct, and zealous in amatory attentions to women".

21a aspera {Last word of Kansas' motto}. Kansas' state motto is Ad Astra per Aspera (Latin: To the Stars through Difficulties).

39a Sts. {22 of the 26 letters of the alphabet, in D.C.}. There are no J, X, Y, or Z Streets in the Washington, D.C. street naming plan.

85a ball {Blast}. As in "we had a ball/blast".

86a reina {Royal of 27-Across}. queen = reina is in Español para los crucigramistas.

121a Gere {Roberts's "Pretty Woman" co-star}. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

122a Eloise {Fictitious Plaza resident}. Reference to Kay Thompson's Eloise books.

4d AMPAS {Oscars org.}. AMPAS = the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

10d Ashe {1975 Wimbledon winner}. I.e. Arthur Ashe (1943–1993).

36d Acadian {Evangeline, for one}. See Evangeline.

44d para {Law office worker, informally}. para = paralegal.

54d sacer {Holy, to Horace}. sacer is the Latin for sacred/holy.

70d Garp {John Irving title character}. A reference to The World According to Garp.

81d Inge {"Bus Stop" playwright}. I.e. William Inge (1913(1913-05-03)–1973(1973-06-10)).

Image of the Day

St. Pauli Girl

5d St. Paulis {Popular German beer, informally}. St. Pauli Girl beers are brewed and bottled by the St. Pauli Brauerei, which is located within the Beck's brewery in Bremen, Germany. The brand derives its name from the fact that the original brewery, established 1857 by Lüder Rutenberg, was located next to the former St Paul's Monastery in Bremen.

There are currently three brands of beer brewed: St. Pauli Girl Lager, St. Pauli Girl Special Dark and St. Pauli Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage. The beer is only produced for export and is not sold in Germany.

St Pauli Girl brews all of their beers according to the Reinheitsgebot (German purity law) of 1516. The distinctive label depicting a woman wearing traditional outfits was introduced in the 1800s with the advent of the bottled beer. The local artist commissioned for the label drew his inspiration from the waitresses at the time.

St Pauli Girl's Beers were first introduced into select US markets in 1965. National Distribution began in 1975. St. Pauli Non-Alcoholic was first sold in the United States in 1991. St Pauli Girl is the number two selling German beer in the United States.

Other Clues

1a Alta {Lady Bird Johnson's middle name}; 5a stub {Butt}; 15a MCCL {Year the emperor Frederick II died}; 19a sham {Phony}; 20a tutu {Dancer's duds}; 22a alae {Wings on an avis}; 27a España {Madrileño's home}; 28a dozens {Cartonfuls of eggs}; 30a sitars {Indian musician's collection}; 31a Nassau {Stop on many a Caribbean cruise}; 32a Ohio {River forming the borders of parts of five states}; 33a linen {Maid's supply}; 42a asp {Part of an Egyptian headpiece}; 45a Siva {The Destroyer, in Hinduism}; 46a escort {Part of a presidential motorcade}; 47a ad hoc {Kind of committee}; 49a spam {Many unopened letters}; 51a Sumer {Birthplace of cuneiform writing}; 53a aches {Is heartbroken}; 55a Eero {Architect Saarinen}; 56a sari {Draped item}; 57a lax {Poor, as security}; 58a D-Day {Decisive time}; 59a ablest {Most likely to succeed}; 61a trachea {Windpipe}; 64a a moi {Étienne's mine}; 66a decrepit {Falling apart}; 71a deserted {Forlorn, say}; 74a Lana {Turner of Hollywood}; 75a broiler {Chicken for dinner}; 79a Emilie {Actress de Ravin of "Roswell" and "Lost"}; 80a gilt {Showy coat?}; 82a RCA {___ Red Seal (classical music label)}; 84a note {Score component}; 88a spore {Mushroom-to-be}; 90a goal {Ambition}; 91a rives {Forcibly divides}; 93a Ingram {Soul singer James with the 1990 #1 hit "I Don't Have the Heart"}; 95a a gal {"I got ___ ..."}; 97a ply {Work at}; 98a ale {Stout, for one}; 102a Rhine {Lorelei's locale}; 104a Eloi {"The Time Machine" people}; 105a triage {Battlefield activity}; 110a Ethans {Hawke and Allen}; 112a there's {Word before "a will" and "a way"}; 115a hitmen {"The Sopranos" roles}; 123a oboe {A reed}; 124a aloe {Medicinal plant}; 125a ones {Billfold fillers}; 126a parred {Just missed a birdie}; 127a scar {Accident reminder}; 128a dead {No longer carrying current}.

1d ashen {Extremely pale}; 2d Lhasa {Capital city whose name means "place of the gods"}; 3d tarps {Rain checks?}; 6d Tue. {Voting day: Abbr.}; 7d Ute {Salt Lake City player}; 8d Buddha {The Enlightened One}; 9d matzohs {Manischewitz products}; 11d spin {Turn in many a kids' game}; 12d hens {Layers}; 13d ERs {R.N.'s work in them}; 14d raisin {Gingerbread man's eye, maybe}; 15d matte {Photo finish}; 17d Carr {Caleb who wrote "The Alienist"}; 18d less {Subtracting}; 24d snags {Hiccups, so to speak}; 26d sing a {___ different tune}; 29d Oiler {Edmonton N.H.L.'er}; 32d Obama {See 50-Down}; 33d lite {Lo-cal}; 35d ovulate {Produce an egg}; 37d Roca {Cabo da ___, westernmost spot in continental Europe}; 38d Mr Hyde {Robert Louis Stevenson title character}; 40d torsi {Trunks}; 41d Scott {Ivanhoe's creator}; 42d asst. {___ prof.}; 43d spar {Nautical pole}; 48d deleting {Taking out}; 50d Michelle {With 32-Down, first lady who graduated from Harvard Law}; 52d exam {End-of-semester event}; 58d Donat {Robert who played Mr. Chips}; 60d Brno {Czech city}; 62d Hari {Mata ___}; 63d -ester {Poly- follower}; 65d mallard {Pond denizen}; 67d embargo {Blockade}; 69d edging {Trim}; 71d Debra {Winger of "Urban Cowboy"}; 72d email {Texting alternative}; 76d loop {Coil}; 77d et al {List-ending abbr.}; 78d rely {Depend}; 83d coati {Ring-tailed animal}; 87d eine {German article}; 88d smile {Say "cheese," say}; 89d earthier {Not so genteel}; 92d shiny {Polished}; 94d averred {Stated}; 96d lyric {Part of songwriting}; 100d in step {Synchronized (with)}; 101d cosmos {Earth and beyond}; 103d Hades {Persephone's abductor}; 106d It Had {"___ to Be You"}; 108d Genoa {Columbus called it home}; 109d ended {Was over}; 110d ergo {Logician's word}; 111d teen {High schooler}; 112d Thor {God with a day of the week named after him}; 113d heir {Son or daughter, typically}; 114d ease {Luxury}; 117d -ola {Suffix with pay}; 119d ABC {Symbol of simplicity}; 120d Goa {Indian state once owned by Portugal}.

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