Mar 2, 2008

Sunday, March 2, 2008 Ed Voile

Theme: Non-Dairy

26A: Ashen-hued: WHEY FACED

28A: Snow ride: SKIMOBILE

68A: Fall into disgrace: INCUR DISHONOR

105A: Those who refute: REBUTTERS

108A: Munch masterpiece: THE SCREAM

37D: Pix of minimally attired women: CHEESECAKE

45D: Assassinated S. F. city supervisor: HARVEY MILK

Just when I think I could not sink any lower.. My God, this puzzle takes all the little optimism I have slowly built up in the past several weeks and shreds it into pieces. I am so overtaken by my inadequacy and ignorance.

I am not blaming the constructor, as I am not good enough to judge whether certain clues/answers are structurally fair or not. But when I spent over one hour on googling just to get TRICUSPID, IFNI, APPALOOSA, KURIL, YTTRIA and a few other unknown words, I was not having any fun. I hated it.

Across entries:

1A: Soviet newspaper: PRAVDA. Soviet Newspaper (1912-1991). I only knew Soviet/Russian TASS News Agency.

7A: Goes over like a lead balloon: FALLS FLATS

20A: Enticers: LURERS. I always thought "lure"itself is an enticer.

21A: Spotted, saddle horse: APPALOOSA. Completely unknown to me. It looks like this.

22A: Arizona city: YUMA

23A: Husband/brother of Isis: OSIRIS. I can get Isis when it's clued as Osiris's wife/sister. Not the other way around.

24A: Limits: RESTRICTS

25A: French composer Satie: ERIK. Saw his name before, then forgot.

28A: Snow ride: SKI MOBILE. I only knew Snowmobile.

30A: Sounds of mild reproof: TUTS. Not tut -tut?

31A: Playing Marble: AGATE

34A: Van Gogh location: ARLES. Is it because he spent a long time there painting? Or is it because you can find a Van Gogh museum there?

35A: Roberts and Griffiths: RACHELS. Never heard of them.

39A: Russian rulers: CZARS. I guess I am used to TSAR.

40A: Snake, pref.: OPHI. It's Greek for snake/serpent.

44A: Ideas: THOUGHTS. It did not come to my mind immediately.

48A: Diver's milieu: REEF

49A: Worsted cloth: SERGE. Had no idea. But I will remember this because I am going to associate it with Serge Gainsbourg, the French singer, Jane Birkin's ex. Je t'aime... moi non plus!

51A: Unenthusiastic: COOL

52A: Instrument with seven pedals: HARP

53A: Studio apt: EFF (Efficiency Apartment)

55A: Stain: DISCOLOR

58A: White powder used in incandescent gas: YTTRIA. It's not made up. It's in the dictionary.
It's a "white, water-insoluble powder, Y2O3, used chiefly in incandescent gas and acetylene mantles."

60A: Nautical dir.: EBS (East by South)

62A: Weakly colored: LEUC, variant of leuko, meaning white, as in leukotomy.

64A: Trace: VESTIGE. This is not an easy word to jump into my little brain.

66A: Mover's vehicle: VAN

67A: Highland negative: NAE. Scottish are tough to understand.

71A: Freudian concept: EGO

72A: GOP Group: RNC (Republican National Committee). I can not believe I botched this one. By the way, DNC is for Democratic National Committee, whose current Chairman is Howard Dean.

73A: Annual, like Mediterranean summer winds: ETESIAN. Completely unknown to me.

74A: Former Spanish toehold in Africa: IFNI. It's in west coast of Morocco, if you care to know.

76A: Andre of tennis: AGASSI

78A: Baseball's Charlie Hustle: PETE ROSE. We have a whole box of Pete Rose's baseball cards in our basement. I just never knew that he was nicknamed Charlie Hustle. Well, he retired before I came to the US.

81A: Coll. period: SEM (Semester)

83A: Abrupt blow: POKE

84A: Duplicate: TWIN

86A: States forcefully: AVERS. What's the difference between AVER and AVOW? I always confuse these two words.

87A: Run of the ___: MILL

91A: Used a foot pedal: TREADLED

93A: Blanches: PALES

95A: Estevez of "St. Elmo's Fire": EMILIO. I will never remember your name if you don't change it into Sheen. By the way, I love Charlie Sheen's "Wild Thing" in Major League.

96A: Encounter: MEET

98A: Less decorated: BARER

99A: In a blunt manner: STARKLY

100A: Antigone's uncle: CREON. Greek mythology. My Achilles' heel.

103A: First, second and third: BASES

104A: Org.: ASSN.

105A: Those who refute: REBUTTERS. Do you use actually use this word? I mean, I rebut your rebuttal, does it make me a rebutter?

108A: Munch masterpiece: THE SCREAM. It's a very disturbing picture to me.

113A: In due time: ANON

114A: Car stopper element: BRAKE SHOE

118A: Danny of "Do the right thing": AIELLO. I don't remember seeing him in Godfather II, too many bad guys in that movie. He also plays the mafioso Tony in Léon (The Professional). Watch it if you love Natalie Portman.

120A: "Archie Bunker's Place" co-star: ANNE MEARA. Good to see her full name clued.

121A: All things considered: IN TOTO. All Things Considered is also a great NPR program. Robert Siegal is great.

122A: Marathon and Longboat: KEYS. I did not know. When I googled, the first hit was "Tom Longboat wins the Marathon in 1907."

123A: Blitzed: RED DOGGED. Never heard of this phrase. Not a football fan.

124A: One holding security: LIENOR

Down entries:

1D: Snow mover: PLOW

2D: Quicken the pace: RUSH

3D: 1997 Indy winner Luyendyk: ARIE. Learned his name from doing crossword.

5D: Job-hopper: DRIFTER

6D: Onslaughts: ASSAULTS

7D: Paying passengers: FARES

9D: Hi-fi discs: LPS

10D: Long. counterpart: LAT (Latitude).

11D: Camera letters: SLR (Single Lens Reflex)

12D: Inserts fraudulently: FOISTS. Did not come to my mind quickly.

13D: Empirical philosopher: LOCKE (John). According to him, we were born without any innate idea, ie, Tabula Rasa (blank slate), which pops up in crosswords occasionally.

14D: Italian wine center: ASTI. Here is the map.

15D: Australian isl.: TASM (Tasmania). No idea.

16D: Popular purple flowered plant: EYE BRIGHT. I wonder if it will grow in Minnesota. Looks pretty.

17D: Russian islands: KURIL. Here is the map. So close to Japan.

18D: Durkheim or Zola: EMILE

19D: ___ alive!: SAKES. Land Sakes! Holy Cow! I did not know this expression. My husband had to explain it to me.

27D: $ percentage: CTS (CENTS)

29D: Hawaiian island: OAHU. It's either Oahu or Maui.

31D: Mexican empire: AZTEC

32D: Go, in Glasgow: GAE. Whatever you say.

33D: Extension: ARM

35D: Capek's sci-fi play: R. U. R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). The word "Robot" first appeared in this fiction.

36D: Organic suffix: ANE

37D: Pix of minimally attired women: CHEESECAKE. This is a killer cheesecake.

38D: Snit: HUFF

39D: Teeth on a wheel: COGS

40D: Ah, I see!: OHO!

41D: Multi-sided plane figure: POLYGON

43D: Like some molars: TRICUSPID. Took me ages to get this one. I like the explanation "having three cusps or points, as a tooth". You've got to remember Bicuspid (2 cusps) too.

44D: Slowpokes: TORTOISES. I was just dense this morning, could not even get this one.

45D: Assassinated. S. F. city supervisor: HARVEY MILK. Never heard of him. According to Wikipedia, he was the first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office in the history of the planet." Don't know anyone with a surname of Milk.

46D: Process for sorting the injured: TRIAGE

47D: Joe and Vincent: SPANOS. Total strangers to me.

50D: Elicit: EDUCE

51D: Hit on the head: COSH. I put conk first.

54D: Goes by air: FLIES

56D: Sheep-ish?: OVINE

57D: Brown with a band: LES. I remember I blogged about him before.

59D: Copley and Garr: TERIS

60D: Captivated: ENRAPT

61D: City on the Penobscot: BANGOR. Seaport in Main. Did not know this.

63D: Give a right: ENTITLE

65D: Surmise: INFER

69D: Nice nothing: RIEN (nothing in French)

70D: CD's competitor: DAT (Digital Audiotape)

77D: Mid-ocean peaks: SEAMOUNTS. Unknown. Here is more information for you.

79D: Death rattles: RALES. Nope. Did not ring a bell.

80D: Finished: OVER

82D: Abu Dhabi ruler: EMIR. What's the obsession with Abu Dhabi? Don't they have EMIR in Oman also? Or you just want us to remember the UAE Port debacle? I hate keying in Abu Dhabi into my blog every day. I am very bad at spelling, period!

85D: Drench: WET

87D: Goes to sea: SETS SAIL

89D: Abner's size? LI'L. The comic strip character. Have to thank razzberry for the "not fer not agin" comment on Thursday.

90D: Actress Myrna: LOY. Vaguely remember her name. She was Nora in The Thin Man.

92D: Pockmark: DENT

93D: Faux __: PAS

96D: "Moon River" composer: MANCINI (Henry). Knew the song (Breakfast at Tiffany's).

98D: Soaked up rays: BASKED

100D: Fracture: CRACK

101D: Taylor or Adoree: RENEE. Taylor is Fran's mother in the Nanny. Did not known Adoree.

102D: Jet black: EBONY

103D: Product name: BRAND

104D: Leading: AHEAD

106D: Skier's ride: T BAR

107D: Osprey's cousin: ERNE. Look at this Osprey's claws.

108D: made great haste: TORE. Why?

109D: Anatomical network: RETE Learned from doing crossword. Remember the plural form is RETIA.

110D: Carolina school: ELON. Nope, never heard of it.

112D: Heath: MOOR

111D: Chorus voice: ALTO

115D: Comic Philips: EMO. See here for more information on him.

116D: Pc.: SEG (Segment). Pc is piece.

117D: Crone: HAG


C. C.


Anonymous said...

Great job..114 Across should be brake shoe

Anonymous said...

40A is Ophi - I found this at Wikepedia/Snake but not sure why it's a prefix
Great job C.C. I needed about six more words and you came through again. Sunday is my favorite because its length alone makes it more challenging. Again, many thanks for your blog.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Thanks for the help.

I've corrected the brake shoe mistake, and added Ophi (Greek for snake) to the entry.

Anonymous at 5:13pm, I am amazed that you only need 6 more words. Wow, I definitely have a long long way to go.

C. C.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how old you are, but you are obviously younger than I. I've concluded that life experiences help a lot based on some of your comments as to not being familiar with certain phrases or people. BTW, I'm 63 and a cw fan for many years. I now live in Bowling Green, KY, and the Daily News carries this crossword. Most days, the daily puzzle takes me about a half hour or less, but the Sunday puzzle usually takes about an hour or so. Another favorite is USA Today, but I like working with the hard copy and not online. I'd rather find my own mistake than get the red letter to tell me I'm wrong. LOL I also enjoy Games magazine crosswords.

sallyjane said...

Hallelujah !!!

The TMS Sunday puzzle WAS in the Baltimore Sun today! Now I'm not sure what's going on with the daily ones.

CC, you were an early bird today! I didn't do mine until about 10:00 AM. Did finish without googling anything, but I held onto a couple of mistakes that almost did me in.

Actually, I found today's puzzle a little boring. Nothing exceptional about the theme and not much exciting about the rest.

9D. LPS - I had CDS at first, even though I should have known better. Showing my age, I guess :)

22A. YUMA - Had MESA in there for way too long. With that I couldn't get 18D. which I knew was EMILE. Of course, that kept me from ever getting EYEBRIGHT, which I have NEVER heard of. Eventually did fix it.

38D. HUFF - Had TIFF in that spot originally, and held onto it too long also. Which kept me from getting UNHURT, 'cause I didn't have the U.

39A. CZARS - Really haven't seen this version in a while, although this is the version I "grew up" with. I thought perhaps the CZ combination had sold out to the TS!

58A. YTTRIA - Unbelievably, this one was hibernating somewhere in the depths of my brain and rang a bell. But had to get most of it on crosses before it fell.

73A. ETESIAN - Misread the clue on this one. Thought it said "Annual, like Mediterranean summer". Now, I've known since high school that summer in French is "ete", but had to figure the rest of this one on my own. After I went back and correctly read the clue, that is. :)

Well onto the NY Times puzzle. I was busy with my grandniece's baptism and afterparty all day and didn't have time to finish two puzzles this morning! And had to blog here first!

Happy Xwording this week!


C.C. Burnikel said...

Anonymous at 7:13pm,

Thanks for the comment. You are indeed a die-hard cw fan if you do Games crosswords.

I also do my crosswords on paper, with lots of Liquid Paper (I am not fond of Wite-Out)on hand.

I am not actually very young (but a girl's age is always a secret), my ignorance results mainly due to my lack of understanding of American slang, idioms, authors, actors, actresses, singers and stuff you guys may take for granted.

Came to the US in 2001, and English was not my first tongue.


I can not believe you got Yttria. Thanks for the etesian tip. Excellent way to remember this word.


Anonymous said...

28A is part of the theme: SKIMobile.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Anonymous at 12:02pm,

I added SKIM, now I start to wonder if I missed one more.

I forgot where I got this information, but aren't all the theme entries supposed to be balanced? In other word, we should 8 rather than 7.

C. C.

Anonymous said...

36 down should be ANE

Anonymous said...

Great job. The theme words are balanced if you consider incur dishonor to be the middle clue.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Anonymous at 3:03pm,

I've corrected my mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.

Anonymous at 3:06pm,

You are right, all the other theme entries are balanced nicely around the Curd.

C. C.

Robbie said...

I was out of town on the weekend so got a late start but this one was a real stretch! Finally just checked with your blog to see what some things were because I was so frustrated and I have been doing puzzles for years and thought I was pretty good. Too many things I never ever heard of!Thanks!

C.C. Burnikel said...


I was nearly reduced to tears by this puzzle. Somehow I could not get on Ed Voile's wavelength.

C. C.

kan said...

I can't believe that I got my final answers on your blog--by googling "former Spanish toehold in Africa"---newer expecting "toehold" to make ANY toehold on good old Google!

It is the Friday after my Chicago Tribune delivered my crossword puzzle, and I just finished it!


C.C. Burnikel said...

Thanks for leaving a feedback Kan.

Come back anytime.