Jun 2, 2012

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012, Barry C. Silk

Theme: Saturday Silkie

Words: 70

Blocks: 27

Welcome to the June 2012 edition of the Saturday Silkie ~! Today's offering has a geometrically pleasing grid pattern, with two 12-letter spanners, one that is both a seed entry and a shout-out to our constructor, and triple spirals of 8- and 6-letters. Firstly, let us say this one was ->

33A. Without a hitch : SMOOTH AS SILK - well, it's about time Barry gave himself a little credit; this one did go easily for me, ironically, once I got this answer....

41A. Reality cooking show with a pitchfork in its logo : HELL'S KITCHEN - Gordon Ramsey's cooking show; I used to watch regularly with my (now Ex-) wife, because she liked his raucous "it's rubbish~!!!" dish reviews; now I can't get into it anymore.


ONWARD -!-!-!


ACROSS:

1. Crams : JAM PACKS - I goofed with "WaLk up" & "St Etna" to start, left me with W_S PACKS (?)

9. Tool that requires steering : JIGSAW - this one took a minute, but it is true

15. Credit union offering : AUTO LOAN

16. Lab subject : AMOEBA

17. Buffet platform : CREDENZA

18. Evidence of a choice : BALLOT

19. Kit __ : KAT - can't stand the commercials for this candy

20. Physicist Ohm : GEORG

22. Stick in a percussion section : CLAVE - huh - as a drummer, this is new to me....but I know the sound they make

23. __ Reader : UTNE - I must be getting better at crosswords - I nailed this one, and who could say that? (alright, no bragging....)

25. Dixieland jazz highlights : SOLOS - somehow, I did not think it was "ARIAS" - JazzB, show us more ~!!

27. North Sea feeder : YSER - which four-letter European river did you try?

28. Rings : PEALS

30. Encouraging word? : ATTA - as in "Atta Girl/Boy ~!"

32. EuroBonus frequent flyers' airline : SAS - had this on Thursday

37. Riding a train, say : ON BOARD

40. Begin, for one : ISRAELI - Such a great mis-direction~! not BEE-gin, but Bay-GEEN - this guy

43. Displeased reaction : BOO

44. Slice and dice : HASH

45. Sticker : DECAL

49. Austrian river : ENNS - map; lots of good CW fill to be found in them rivers....

51. Event monitored by the CIA : N-TEST - nuclear detonations

54. Caramel candy brand : ROLO

55. Couldn't not : HAD TO

57. French toast : SALUT

59. NCAA athlete's eligibility factor : GPA

60. Top performers : A-TEAMS

62. Like one who can't hit a pitch? : TONE-DEAF - sorry, C.C., no baseball today

64. Depression : VALLEY

65. Fame : EMINENCE

66. Page and others : ELLENs - Don't know her; I recognize her from "Juno"

67. Frontman, often : ROCK STAR - for me, the ultimate "Frontman" was David Lee Roth, as exemplified here; honorable mentions go to Vince Neil, of Mötley Crüe ( although he was emulating DLR ), and of course, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin

DOWN:

1. Hike, in a way : JACK UP - ah, like prices, not 12 flights of stairs

2. Salt containing gold : AURATE - considered Pyrite, which is fool's gold


3. Eur. peak mentioned in the "Aeneid" : MT. ETNA - yeah, not SAINT Etna

4. Okra unit : POD

5. Shake __ : A LEG - show me your legs~!

6. Dairy Queen supply : CONES

7. Instrument honored in a Beaufort, South Carolina, museum : KAZOO - and here it is~!

8. Speak angrily to : SNARL AT

9. Poke : JAB

10. Jobs creation : IMAC - Steve Jobs, Apple computers; I'm a PC; too many problems with editing software when I used any Apple product, and my ex-wife's iBook crapped out regularly, too.

11. "Wow!" : GOLLY - we just talked about Gomer Pyle, too

12. Rasta's messiah : SELASSIE - frequently mentioned in Thievery Corporation tunes; this guy, from the WIki

13. Most important : ABOVE ALL

14. Sports item usually seen in pairs : WATER-SKI

21. Literature genre : GOTHIC

24. Common Latino newspaper name : EL SOL

26. Cache : STASH; and 29D. Big hit : SMASH - funny, but going through the clues, I did not see this semi-clecho

31. Start of an embarrassment simile : AS RED as a beet

34. Sitcom spender of brandels and grebbels : ORKAN - here's the Mork from Ork dictionary

35. Some lyrical writers : ODISTS

36. More stable : SANER

37. Austin Powers catchphrase : "OH, BEHAVE~!" - I liked his "shagging-ness" - and his arch enemy, Dr. Evil even more....