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Showing posts with label Jayne and Alex Boisvert. Show all posts
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Dec 11, 2011

Sunday December 11, 2011 Jayne and Alex Boisvert

Theme: "Give B's a Chance" - The starting letters P's are replaced by B's in each two-word P*P* theme entry.

25A. Jaded ballplayer? : BITTER BATTER. Pitter-Patter. Fun clue/answer.

27A. Grain of sand? : BEACH BIT. Peach pit.

105A. Sound of Crosby's doorbell? : BING BONG. Ping pong.

109A. Collection of yokels? : BUMPKIN BATCH. Pumpkin patch.

47. Coal receptacle building blocks? : BIN BRICKS. Pinpricks. The only entry where the base phrase is one-word.

51. Steer groups? : BULL BUNCHES. Pull punches.

80. Fish with a bad cold? : BARKING BASS. Parking pass. Dogs bark. Fish?

83. Pointed front of a two-wheeler? : BIKE'S BEAK. Pike's Peak.

Lovely theme. So neat that the 8 theme entries can be placed in 4 rows.

Lots of effort went into this theme. First, the constructors had to first find common P* P* phrases, then picked out the ones that could be converted to B's, making sure no straying P's in the middle/end of the word. Sometimes new phrases have to be discarded as they don't make much surface sense when cluing.

I had a few email exchanges with Alex in the past. He's a computer genius.

Across:

1. Corrupt, in a way : BRIBE. Bribery is quite common in Indian politics, I hear.

6. Ignore : PASS BY

12. Sleeping : AT REST

18. Ayes : YESES

19. "Lady Marmalade" group : LABELLE. I like Christina Aguilera & Pink's version.

20. Caesar salad topper : CROUTON

22. Unpleasant pair to choose from : EVILS. The lesser of two evils.

23. "To reiterate ..." : I REPEAT

24. Deep-fried Japanese dish : TEMPURA. Tasty. All deep-fried foods are.

28. Mocha native : YEMENI. Mocha is the Yemeni port famous for its coffee.

29. Fantastic : SUPERB

31. As well : TOO

32. Vase-shaped pitcher : EWER

33. Drama with two spin-offs : CSI

36. Scarlett, to Rhett, ultimately : MY DEAR. In the end, he said: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn".

38. 1983 Keaton title role : MR MOM

42. Tweet : CHIRP

44. Alka-Seltzer sound : PLOP

46. New York college whose team is the Gaels : IONA

54. 2001 French film nominated for five Academy Awards : AMELIE. Very whimsy,

55. One reason to work : SALARY

57. Energy meas. : BTU. I was thinking of calorie.

58. Tell : RAT

59. Stain-removal brand : SHOUT

60. Turning parts : ROTORS

61. Grasps : GETS

62. Sharpen : HONE

63. Family name in Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" : SAMSA. No idea. Gregor Samsa.

64. Shark's practice : USURY

66. Tell : BLAB

70. Field division : ACRE

71. They get tipped in lots : VALETS. Parking lots.

73. 1971 Clapton classic : LAYLA

74. Psyche part, to Freud : EGO

77. General at Antietam : LEE

78. White Label Scotch maker : DEWAR'S. For Tinbeni & EddyB. Argyle too. Is the bus story true?

79. Roaches, e.g. : VERMIN

85. Jai __ : ALAI

86. Deserve : EARN

87. Browns : SEARS. And 90. Slightly burned : SINGED

88. Cheers : YELLS

94. Was in charge of : RAN

95. Insect stage after larva : PUPA

99. Morning morsel : OAT. Not for me.

101. "Got me" : NO IDEA

103. Ear problem : OTITIS

112. Kuwait, for one : EMIRATE

113. How a team should work : AS A UNIT. Had trouble parsing my answer.

114. "Love Story" co-star : O'NEAL (Ryan)

115. Timeline divisions : DECADES

116. Reddish-brown horses : SORRELS. Sorrel is also an herb. A bit tangy.

117. Like some mythology : NORSE.

118. Malevolent beings : DEMONS

119. From Aconcagua, say : ANDEAN. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas.

120. Lamb piece : ESSAY. Charles Lamb the Elia.

Down:

1. Parting words : BYE BYE

2. Look over : REVIEW

3. "Am I crazy?" : IS IT ME? My new computer is pretty good. But it drives me crazy at times. Still can't make the Solve/Print buttons of Chicago Tribune's crossword website work in Firefox. Don't think it's the Java problem. I uninstalled it. The puzzle still works fine in Internet Explorer, but not Firefox.

4. Merman, notably : BELTER

5. Museum Folkwang city : ESSEN. Museum about what?

6. Normal opening? : PARA. Paranormal.

7. Stands guard, perhaps : ABETS

8. One may be deviated : SEPTUM. New word to me.

9. Disney dwarf : SLEEPY

10. Played loudly : BLARED. Thought of Ant.

11. Although : YET

12. Entr'__ : ACTE

13. Costumed kid's hope : TREAT. More fun when kids come costumed.

14. "Pretty Woman" genre, briefly : ROMCOM (Romantic comedy)

15. Blissful : EUPHORIC. Sounds sweet.

16. Broadway souvenir : STUB

17. Songwriter Amos : TORI

19. Bldg. with stacks : LIB. OK, Library.

21. Rebellious Turner : NAT

26. Singer Lionel : RICHIE

27. NBAers' game : B-BALL

30. RSVP : REPLY

34. Word seen in brackets : SIC

35. Trying : IRKSOME

37. See 69-Down : ROBBERS. 69. With 37-Down, Bonnie and Clyde : BANK., They were better than those who steal others' ID on line.

39. Comedian Jay : MOHR. LAHR is another name ending in HR.

40. Draft status : ONE A

41. Sail support : MAST

42. Short review? : CRIT. Criticism then. (From Grumpy: It's critique.)

43. H.S. exams : PSATs

45. Crack filler : PUTTY

47. Gala : BASH

48. Letters before an online view : IMHO

49. Krypton relative : NEON. And 60. 49-Down, for example : RARE GAS

50. Word after sky or powder : BLUE

51. Grill partner : BAR

52. Sea witch in "The Little Mermaid" : URSULA (Sorry for the error earlier.)

53. Frat letters : NUs

56. Bakery array : LOAVES

61. Braver : GUTSIER

63. Part of an act : SCENE

65. Southern Slavs : SERBS

66. Zinger : BARB

67. Connecticut town for which a disease is named : LYME. The dreadful Lime disease.

68. Et __ : ALIA

70. Ex-boxer Laila : ALI. LAILA often appears as an answer.

72. Litter reactions : AWs

73. Reduced : LESS

74. Auction site : EBAY

75. __ warning : GALE

76. Like much history : ORAL

78. Steve's sidekick in "Hawaii Five-O" : DANNO. I've seen DANO in crosswords also.

79. Washington's mount? : VERNON. Mount Vernon.

81. About 2.2 pounds : KILOGRAM. Had trouble accepting pounds when I first arrived here.

82. "__ it on!" : BRING

84. Kipling python : KAA. From "The Jungle Book". Unknown to me.

89. Domingo preceder : SABADO. What's this? I don't get this clue/answer.

91. Martini with an onion : GIBSON

92. Einstein's second son : EDUARD. Another no idea. Miserable life.

93. Reserved : DEMURE. JD always appears so.

95. Some uprights : PIANOS

96. Says : UTTERS

97. Web image-viewing software : PICASA. You can create your own Picasa album.

98. Scarlett's love : ASHLEY. Love is so irrational. I don't find Ashley attractive at all.

100. On a scale of one __ : TO TEN

102. Sleep problem : APNEA

104. Beef cut : T-BONE

105. Flower place : BED

106. Wrote online, briefly : IM'ED

107. Pleasing : NICE

108. Storied loch : NESS

110. Potter's oven : KILN

111. "__ a Wonderful Life" : IT'S. Timely.

113. Botanist Gray : ASA

Answer grid.

Here is a photo of our hockey nut eddyB, taken at the game yesterday I think. Great jersey!

C.C.