Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NYT Thursday 12/2/10 Joe Krozel - Solution

Here is the solution for the New York Times crossword puzzle dated Thursday December 2, 2010. This is an abbreviated post as I am currently on vacation; full commentaries will resume with next Monday's puzzle.

A full commentary on the puzzle is normally added by 2pm EST.
Solving time: 8 mins (solo, no solving aids)
Clue of the puzz: 23a A-list {Party favorites?}

Joe Krozel
Grid art by Sympathy [about the grid colors]


Pairs of seven-letter answers in a row have the same clue:
1a Far East; 8a situate {Orient}
15a aviator; 16a one-spot {Ace}
17a degrade; 18a beneath {Lower in stature}
34a pronoun; 38a numeral {I, for one}
40a entente; 41a empathy {Understanding}
42a wear out; 43a retread {Tire}
60a liberal; 63a at large {Loose}
65a average; 66a signify {Mean}
67a gets mad; 68a aristas {Bristles}
Crucimetrics [about Crucimetrics]
CompilersJoe Krozel / Will Shortz
Grid15x15 with 37 (16.4%) black squares
Answers78 (average length 4.82)
Theme squares126 (67.0%)
Scrabble points266 (average 1.41)
Other Clues

19a Era {Part of B.C.E.}; 20a loses {Shakes}; 22a Utes {Runnin' ___, 1944 N.C.A.A. basketball champs}; 23a A-list {Party favorites?}; 24a STP {Onetime sponsor of Richard Petty and Mario Andretti}; 26a sews {Uses a needle}; 29a dope {Dummy}; 31a ABC {Epitome of simplicity}; 44a SSN {Tax form datum: Abbr.}; 45a Ursa {Major sight in the sky?}; 47a plié {Ballet bend}; 48a -ern {East end?}; 49a snags {Sweater woes}; 53a slaw {Raw side?}; 56a say-so {Sway}; 57a bah! {"Nonsense!"}.

1d fade {What some things do in the sun}; 2d aver {Profess}; 3d Riga {Latvian capital}; 4d ear {Elephant's-___ (plant)}; 5d at all {Whatever}; 6d so do I! {"Me too!"}; 7d tress {Lock}; 8d sobs {They're good for crying out loud}; 9d -ine {Serpent tail?}; 10d ten {Good companion for an ace in Vegas}; 11d use up {Burn through}; 12d -a-pat {Pit-___}; 13d tote {Lug}; 14d eths {Old English letters}; 21d ETD {J.F.K. posting}; 23d Asner {Ed of Hollywood}; 24d spume {Froth}; 25d tempt {Lure}; 26d spews {Gushes}; 27d ernes {Coastal fliers}; 28d Wotan {Odin, to the Germans}; 30d oner {Lulu}; 31d artel {Old Russian co-op}; 32d Bahá'í {Religion with an apostrophe in its name}; 33d Clyde {River through Glasgow}; 35d On Our {"___ Own," 1989 #2 hit by Bobby Brown}; 36d U-turn {Possible response to a driving mistake}; 37d nets {Trawlers' gear}; 39d Earps {Brothers of the Wild West}; 46d as a {___ result}; 48d ewers {Vessels by basins}; 50d Nyasa {Lake bordered by Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania}; 51d astir {Moving}; 52d Golgi {___ body (cell part)}; 53d slag {Denigrate, in English slang, with "off"}; 54d live {In the flesh}; 55d abet {Aid's partner}; 56d sled {Something that's fun on the coast?}; 57d Brit {Person under the Union Jack}; 58d Agfa {Fuji rival}; 59d heys {Startled cries}; 61d Ram {Winning Super Bowl XXXIV player}; 62d aga {Turkish title}; 64d ans. {Response: Abbr.}.


Daniel Myers said...

53D is a bit strong, I think, at least in the sense with which I grew up associating it, related to the slang version of the noun - more than a bit laddish, in a bad sense.

Crossword Man said...

A clue defining like-for-like might have been better (i.e. using a slang term in the definition). Do you mean that "slag off" is a strong term relative to denigrate?

Daniel Myers said...

No, I mean - How shall I put it? - I thought to myself on seeing this clue that surely such an offensive word as SLAG - as used by yobs "in the English sense" - wouldn't find its way into a NYT crossword.

Crossword Man said...

Ah yes, whatever next? Naff? Eff?

Daniel Myers said...

LOL-I can remember that it caused quite a stir when Princess Anne used "Naff" in telling some members of the press to "Naff off"- sometime in the last century. O tempora, O mores!