THEMELESS SATURDAY PUZZLE BY DANIEL NIERENBERG
On this National Kindergarten Day Daniel Nierenberg has provided us a very worthy test. For me, Husker Gary, this is my fourth blogging effort on a Daniel puzzle - three Saturdays and one Friday. As is my M.O. on his puzzles, I employed the hunt and peck method until the NEAT/NUBIA "N" appeared and I was done!
Now, in honor of my lifetime friend Janet who is retiring after 35 years of teaching Kindergarten, let's see what word play Daniel has for us in our literary sandbox today:
1. Classic dramatic device: FATAL FLAW - The most famous FATAL FLAW in literature?
10. Demonstration of power, perhaps: N-TEST - A-Bombs and H-Bombs are both really N-(Nuclear) Bombs. One splits nuclei and the other fuses them together
15. Winter carnival attraction: ICE PALACE - A beautiful ICE PALACE constructed in St. Paul, MN a half-hour drive from C.C.
16. Mythical myrtle-and-roses wreath wearer: ERATO - A vowel-rich crossword veteran muse of poetry
17. Updated "What a shame!": THAT BITES
18. Cane-carrying Mr.: MAGOO and 14. 18-Across and others: TOONS. Did Mr. Peanut enter your thoughts?
19. Country E of Cyprus: SYR - SYRIA - too much in the news
20. Marsh growth: REED.
21. Beauty aisle brand: REVLON - A childhood memory of REVLON. Do you remember the show, this woman who won the big prize and what her category was? (*Answer below the grid)
22. Virus eponym: BARR.
23. Assigns new rankings to: RESEEDS - NCAA Basketball teams are RESEEDED just before the season-ending tournament
24. Narrow types: BIGOTS - Norman Lear's Archie Bunker made us look BIGOTRY right in the face
27. Caravan components: CAMELS
28. Parting word: ADIOS
29. 1848 classic song about an Alabama-to-Louisiana traveler: OH SUSANNA - "With a banjo on my knee"
32. Court pros: REFS - These pro REFS did not see traveling here in this exhibition game.
33. Lingerie specifications: D-CUPS - It took 33. Waiting room site: DEPOT gave me the correct cup letter
34. Hair products: GELS - Mass use
35. Uris WWII novel: BATTLE CRY
37. Harass: BESET
38. "Help me out, bro": BE A PAL
39. Nissan compact: SENTRA
40. Actor's dream: STARDOM.
42. Cleverly planned, as a trick: NEAT - Now this is a NEAT trick!
43. Warn, in a way: HISS AT
44. Territory with a palm tree in its seal: GUAM - I did not know Guam's flag or capital
45. Onetime JFK arrival: SST
48. Like some casks: OAKEN - We BIG 10 football fans know Purdue and Indiana play for the Old OAKEN Bucket each year
49. Fate of Peter's father, in kiddie lit: RABBIT PIE - I had no memory of this sad part of the story
51. Sections: AREAS - In 2003, the CIA officially acknowledged that AREA 51 exists
52. Dell gaming brand: ALIEN WARE - At the left is the $4,900 model for serious gamers, uh, not for me
53. Barista's offering: LATTE
54. Intimidating psychological tactics: HEAD GAMES
1. Makes sense: FITS - Oh that's where it FITS
2. Hurting: ACHY.
3. Run like the wind: TEAR - What JH kids do going to lunch
4. Liable: APT
5. Research subjects: LAB RATS - Our staff and kids were LAB RATS for "Open Concept" classrooms back in the 70's. Retrofitting was expensive after the experiment failed miserably
6. Message disseminators: FLIERS - Is that why they make windshield wipers?
7. Not as punctual: LATER
8. Justified serious studying for: ACED - Having ACED a test is usually done by serious studying (ROTE memorizing?)
9. Former NFL receiver Welker: WES - After at least six concussions from hits like this, he has retired
10. Sinestro and Professor Zoom, in their respective universes: NEMESES - Here's one, you can google the other if you like. BTW, I'd wager that dime comic is worth a few bucks these days.
11. Tour coordinator: TRAVEL AGENT - My TRAVEL AGENT arranged my trips to Florida with the kids but she also accompanied us because once we got there, she knew I ran the show
12. Home on a high cliff, perhaps: EAGLE'S NEST - Martin Borman's gift of The EAGLE'S NEST retreat to Hitler high in the Bavarian Alps is now a cozy restaurant
13. Rose: STOOD.
21. Important player in the founding-of-Rome story: REMUS - He was killed by his twin Romulus and hence the name of the city is...
22. Child-raising technique?: BOOSTER SEAT - Declining the BOOSTER SEAT was a landmark for our kids
23. Rough-sounding: RASPY - Joe Cocker's RASPY rendition of the theme of this show
24. Wire sticker: BARB - Those BARBS on wire helped change ranches into farms
25. What a raised index finger may indicate: IDEA - A more prosaic use
26. Present often mailed: GIFT BASKET
27. Lout: CHURL - I've heard of/used the adjective CHURLISH
29. "Law of parsimony" philosopher: OCCAM - Another school of thought by the co-discoverer of the DNA molecule
30. Brewer, e.g., briefly: NLER - National LeaguER
31. Cinema pooch: ASTA - Nick and Nora's doggy
36. Matisse work featuring hand-holding: LA DANSE.
37. Wearing a grin: BEAMING
39. Skate home: SEABED - Talk about your masters of disguises
40. Skimboarding hazard: SHOAL - I hit a STONE at first on my figurative beach skimboard
41. Top prom wear?: TIARA - Amy's dream come true
42. Abu Simbel's region: NUBIA- The pharaonic temples then and now located in the village of Abu Simbel in the most southern Egyptian region of NUBIA
44. Severe blow: GALE - We've had them here all spring
45. Filter target: SPAM - Tons of this is made here in Fremont, NE
46. "Game of Thrones" address: SIRE - I've never seen the show but Thrones and S _ _ _ address. C'mon...
47. Screen-printing targets: TEES - With b/w TV, I never knew what the Superman TEE looked like until mom bought me one
49. Sound from a fan: RAH - Football fan
50. Lindbergh Line airline: TWA - Can you find The Lindbergh Line in two places in this picture?
A lovely credo for National Kindergarten Day:
With all these lessons in mind, SHARE your comments, BE FAIR and PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS:
a) Show - $64,000 Question hosted by Hal March and sponsored by Revlon
b) Contestant - Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers
c) Her category - Boxing