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Showing posts with label Jonathan L O'Rourke. Show all posts
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Feb 21, 2015

Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015, Jonathan L O'Rourke

Theme: None

Words: 72 (missing Q,V)

Blocks: 27

  Upon reviewing our list of constructors, Mr. O'Rourke has but one prior LAT puzzle, dating back to Oct 30, 2011 - a Sunday, and from the same year I started doing the Sat blog.  I was able to do 75% of this one, but the SW corner was just crash and burn - too many proper names/locations, and as a result, kinda sucked the life out of this otherwise engaging excursion.  Oh well.  Triple 9- and 10-letter corners, and two 11-letter spanners - one which I knew immediately, but didn't know the exact spelling;

30. "Die Hard" cry adapted from an old cowboy song : YIPPEE KI YAY - I was really close - just had an "I" at the end of yippie....one of my favorite movies, all time, and I like to watch it at Christmas


43. Range for some power measurements : ZERO TO SIXTY - in reference to cars, but the definition just doesn't jive with me....it's not really a measurement of the power so much as the rate of acceleration - which might be incredible, but have no reflection on the actual 'power'; take the Jaguar XF diesel - only gets up to 140mph, but it's 0-60 is 5.9secs.  I tested my 2000 Dodge Stratus about two years ago - 11+ seconds.  258,000 miles ago, it probably got close to 140mph.

DCLXVI~!

[Gasp~! The number of the beast~!]

ACROSS:

1. Modern location code : IP ADDRESS

10. Vertical sides : JAMBS - doors and windows, e.g.

15. Ability to stand? : TOLERANCE - I can tell you, my tolerance got pretty high when it came to alcohol, which leads to the next clue/answer;

16. "What I always get" : USUAL - like, say, Scotch, NO ICE~!!!

17. Baby, for one : SPICE GIRL - dah~! Clever. the others;
Scary, Sporty, Ginger & Posh

18. Ward cry? : NURSE - "it's medication time~!"

19. "Bless __ ...": Psalm 68 : YE GOD

20. "Shadow of the Vampire" Oscar nominee : DAFOE - no clue; WAG

22. Mr. __!: old detective game : REE - get it~?  Mister - ree....?  Har-har

23. Churchill's "so few": Abbr. : RAF

25. Chess tactic : PIN - new one to me, since I have played a lot of chess, but I get it

26. [Oh, my!] : "GASP~!"

27. Reagan era mil. program : SDI - the "Strategic Defense Initiative", which the media referred to as "Star Wars", and since I grew up with the movie/myth, found it a little insulting

33. Trap catchings : LINT - This took WAY too long....might be because I was at the restaurant and in a 'lobster' & 'crab' frame of mind

35. Wager : LAY - meh. I get it, but.

36. Get comfy : NESTLE - I do hope to get to nestling, soon - and she's wearing 65a.~!

37. "The Hangover" star : ED HELMS - totally unhelpful for me - not only did I NOT see the movie, but I still have no desire to, either, and I don't recognize the actor - IMDb

39. Is worth something, in dialect : AIN'T HAY - once the first "A" filled in, I got this

40. Fifth-grader's milestone, maybe : AGE TEN - ARGH~!  ELEVEN fit, too, and I was 11 in 5th grade

41. One may involve a homonym : PUN


42. Like the Negev : SERE - Dah~! Not ARID

46. "The Spanish Tragedy" dramatist : KYD - Had to cheat the "K" - Natick, in the truest sense; two names crossing?  Ouch.

47. Behan's land : ERIN - Duh.  Sounded IRAN/IRAQ at first

48. Robot extension? : ICS - Robotics

49. Chinese dynasty during Caesar's time : HAN - WAG - but, three letters...?

51. Little : BIT - This puzzle frustrate you~? A "bit".

52. "__ yourself!" : BRACE

54. 1946 Literature Nobelist : HESSE

58. Nice parting : ADIEU - That's "Neece", the Frawnche city

60. Baklava flavoring : ROSE WATER - I thought it was going to be honey-something

62. One removed from the company? : LONER - Two's company, three's a crowd; one's a loner....like me  ;7(

63. Cocktail portmanteau : APPLETINI - I can never remember the definition of portmanteau when I see it in crossword clues; need to remember it's a 'name' derived from parts - in this case, an apple-flavored martini

64. Start using Twitter, say : LOG ON - ugh.  I don't "tweet"

65. Victoria's Secret purchase : BOYSHORTS - I prefer seeing these on a woman over a thong any day, twice on Sunday


DOWN:       

1. Tiny : ITSY

2. Urban, e.g. : POPE - did not fool me

3. Boorish Sacha Baron Cohen persona : ALI G - I saw Borat, and stopped there

4. Style : DECOR

5. 1993 rap hit : DRE DAY - Dr. Dre

6. Low-quality paper : RAG

7. Home of Phillips University : ENID - ugh.

8. Full of spunk : SCRAPPY - I wanted sNappy, but it was too short

9. Instagrammed item : SELFIE

10. __ bug : JUNE

11. Pac-12 sch. whose mascot carries a pitchfork : ASU


12. "Swingin' Soiree" DJ : MURRAY THE K - this would have been a very neat corner were it not for the "K"....and the guy was before my time - his Wiki

13. It doesn't include benefits : BASE SALARY

14. About to crash? : SLEEPY-EYED

21. About 1.8 tablespoons, vis-à-vis a cup : ONE-NINTH - Funny, but "ELEVENTH" worked here, too, and since I don't usually divide my cups this way....

24. "Double Indemnity" genre : FILM NOIR

26. Basic ideas : GISTS

27. Despicable sort : SLEAZEBALL

28. Australian wind : DIDGERIDOO - ah, the musical instrument; I was thinking along the lines of some sort of "DEVIL ZEPHYR" - Bzzzt (pun intended)


29. Willing consequence? : INHERITING - Doesn't look right, but it is - "I bequeath..."

31. Step on stage : PAS - meh meh meh meh - Frawnche

32. Grasp : KEN - and yet I nailed this three-letter fill

34. Jackson Hole's county : TETON

38. Court call : LET - DAH~!  I was in 'law' court, and thought it was OYE

39. TV input letters : AUX - Hmmm, didn't think it was VCR

41. 1980s "SNL" regular : PISCOPO - OK, I cheated - I got as far as PI---, and could not think of his last name - but I knew he was a guest in one episode of Law & Order

44. Sacred beetle : SCARAB - Hey~!  One answer I felt confident about~!

45. Name derived from the Tetragrammaton : YAHWEH - once I had ----EH, there weren't too many names you could think of

50. "Far out!" : NEATO

52. Cheat, in slang : BURN 

53. Notice : ESPY

55. Hullabaloo : STIR

56. Text status : SENT

57. Most massive known dwarf planet : ERIS - fascinating - I did not know about this; did you, Husker~?  The Wiki. Take a look at its orbit


59. Fair-hiring initials : EEO - DAH~! Went with EOE, which is 100% right, and yet still wrong - correct, D-Otto~?

61. 2012 British Open winner : ELS - three letters and an open winner~? Try ELS

Splynter

Oct 30, 2011

Sunday Oct 30, 2011 Jonathan L O'Rourke

Theme: "My Ex Was a Monster!" - Each spooky answer and its spooky clue narrate a scary "Ex" story & a current date for 115A.

23A. My first crush was on a mummy, but . . . : HE'S WRAPPED UP IN HIMSELF. Mummies were wrapped in cloth.

47A. Everyone liked my ghost boyfriend, but . . . : I SAW RIGHT THROUGH HIM. Ghosts are transparent.

67A. I had a relationship with Frankenstein's monster, but . . . : IT CAME APART AT THE SEAMS. Frankenstein's monster had lots of stitches on.

89A. When I moved to Sleepy Hollow, I started dating a soldier, but . . . : HE KEPT LOSING HIS HEAD. The Headless Horseman.

115A. Now I'm dating Count Dracula. Things are going well, but . . . : HE CAN BE A PAIN IN THE NECK. Dracula sucks! The title "Ex" is not inclusive, isn't it?

Then HORRORS (99A. "Little Shop of __) and a few other ghostly bonus entries.

Only 5 theme entries, but they're all very long, occupying a total 101 theme squares. Quite a few outstanding long Downs today:

3D. Two-part David Bowie song from "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" : IT'S NO GAME. Gimmie, Avg Joe? Creepy clue. Nice.

7D. Fresh out of the oven : PIPING HOT

8D. Number retired by the Orioles for Jim Palmer : TWENTY TWO. Hall-of-Famer. Cal Ripken's number is 8. Retired by the Orioles also. I admire guys who spent their entire career with one team.

14D. Vampire-romance series : TWILIGHT. Another bonus entry.

16D. Taking issue? : KLEPTOMANIA. Great clue.

58D. Critter in old Qantas ads, popularly : KOALA BEAR

69D. Feline who said "We're all mad here" : CHESHIRE CAT

78D. Fine porcelain : BONE CHINA

81D. Munch museum masterpiece : THE SCREAM. You can almost hear it.

This is the debut puzzle for Jonathan L O'Rourke. Congratulations!

Across:

1. "Evil Under the Sun" detective : POIROT ( Hercule). And 25D. Ustinov who played 1-Across : PETER.

7. Class-conscious orgs.? : PTAs. Saw this clue before.

11. Like Granny Smiths : TART

15. Hershey bar : SKOR. Toffee bar. Wiki said Skor is Swedish for "shoes".

19. Traveling, like Blues Traveler : ON TOUR. Rock band.

20. "Yay! Go me!" : I WIN

21. From square one : ANEW

22. Bjorn rival : ILIE (Nastase)

27. Chaney of film : LON. More horror.

28. Minting process : COINAGE

29. Slippery : EELY

30. Home to four-and-twenty blackbirds : PIE. "... Four-and-twenty blackbirds/Baked in a pie...".

31. Wide of the mark : OFF

34. Demolition supply : TNT

35. Part of SOP: Abbr. : STD. SOP = Standard Operating Procedure. Then we have 96A. Morsel for dipping : SOP. Different meaning.

37. York __: British cathedral : MINSTER. Gothic Cathedral.

39. Folded corner : DOG EAR. Annoying.

42. Training room : GYM. Been ages since I heard from Dennis.

44. Hosp. units : ERs

46. Florida's team : GATORS. Hi there Gator Mom!

51. PIN requester : ATM. 119D. Big 51-Across manufacturer : NCR.

52. "Prove it!" : SHOW ME

53. Prefix for fall : PRAT. Pratfall.

54. Dear one, in Italy : CARO

57. Veggie that looks like an overgrown scallion : LEEK. We just call scallion "green onion".

59. Green Hornet sidekick : KATO. Played by Bruce Lee.

60. 87-Down fruit : SLOES. And 87D. Bar staple : GIN.

62. "It's __": "Problem solved" : OK NOW. You won't see any partial longer than 5 letters in LA Times.

63. Get __ years: age : ON IN

65. God-fearing : PIOUS

66. Like some obedience : FILIAL

73. Composer Gustav : MAHLER. Born in Bohemia.

74. Crosswise, shipwise : ABEAM

75. L.A. Angel, e.g. : ALer. American Leaguer.

76. Tool for a mountaineer : ICE AX

77. "Hungarian Fantasy" composer : LISZT. Nice consonant cluster.

78. Ernie's roommate : BERT

80. PDQ, to an RN : STAT

84. Org. that investigates crashes : NTSB.

85. Carvey who played the Church Lady : DANA

86. Self-interested one : EGOIST

88. Gp. with a co-pay : HMO

94. __ Afghan Airlines : ARIANA. Got any desire to visit that place?

97. Old Testament bk. : NEH

98. "Shazam!" : PRESTO

101. Ryan of "You've Got Mail" : MEG

103. Letters on Windy City trains : CTA (Chicago Transit Authority)

105. Co. designation : INC

106. String after B : CDE. Alphabet.

107. Light bulb unit : WATT

109. Uses FedEx again : RE-SHIPS. We should support UPS. Can you figure out what his favicon is?

112. Actress Charlotte : RAE

120. __ upswing : ON AN

121. Pizzazz : BRIO

122. Obama, as of Jan. 2009 : CINC (Commander-in-Chief) 65D. 122-Across, informally : PREZ.

123. Obscure : ARCANE

124. Camp Swampy dog : OTTO

125. Cry of pain : YELP

126. Aquarium fish : OPAH

127. Messenger god : HERMES. Oh my God. Hermes! Hermes Birkin bag lives in my dream, Santa!

Down:

1. Novelist Frederik : POHL. He has four Hugos.

2. __ cat: baseball variation : ONE O'

4. Obey the coxswain : ROW

5. Lord's Prayer opening : OUR

6. Gillette's __ II : TRAC

9. Opera that premiered in Cairo : AIDA. Nubia.

10. Nestles : SNUGS

11. Mai __: fruity cocktail : TAI. Now I've got to make that ambrosia you guys talked about yesterday. Sounds delicious. No whipped cream though.

12. "Breathing Lessons" novelist Tyler : ANNE

13. Take up, as a homemade costume : RE-HEM

15. Relative's nickname : SIS

17. More smarmy : OILIER

18. Alludes (to) : REFERS

24. __ roast : POT

26. Chatty bird : MYNAH

32. Not many : FEW. It's a great feeling, Jayce, to know that some of my nonsense could be understood by you. You're a awesome Gweilo (Cantonese for "foreigners", literally "ghost man").

33. Not close : FAR

36. GED taker : DROP-OUT

38. Purists : STICKLERS

39. Give a ring : DIAL

40. Bone: Pref. : OSTE

41. More dangerous : RISKIER

43. Old TV production co. : MTM. "Lou Grant".

45. Like the best bet : SUREST

48. Ivory Coast neighbor : GHANA

49. Doesn't act just yet : HESITATES. No hesitation & no inconsistency in front of Roberto.

50. Krypton, for one : GAS

55. Go nowhere in particular : ROAM

56. Nocturnal hunters : OWLS

61. Planter's choice : LOAM

62. River to the Seine : OISE. Just how many many four-letter rivers go to the Seine?

64. Four Corners st. : N MEX

66. Marker feature : FELT TIP

67. "Sounds good to me!" : I'M IN

68. Ambassador's asset : TACT

70. Puts on a coat : PAINTS

71. Son of David : ABSALOM. Third son of King David. I drew a blank.

72. Quite rough : HARSH

77. One can stand to lose it : LAP. Oh, you make a lap when you sit down. Lose it when you stand up. I'm feeling stupid.

79. Early floppy disk size : EIGHT INCH. History.

82. Part of a Latin trio : AMAT. Amo, amas, amat.

83. Brouhaha : TO DO

85. Column begun in 1956 by Pauline Phillips : DEAR ABBY

90. Famous : KNOWN

91. Musical drama : OPERA

92. Title for a guru : SRI

93. Layer : HEN. Hens lay eggs.

94. Blessing elicitor : AH-CHOO

95. Guinea pig, e.g. : RODENT

100. Firewood measure : STERE. I've never baked a potato in a fireplace.

102. Auto insurance giant : GEICO

104. Spot-on : APT

108. Kite attachment : TAIL

110. Barber's stroke : SNIP

111. Ruler deposed in 1979 : SHAH. He had quite a car collection.

113. Teen's affliction : ACNE

114. Scratches (out) : EKES

116. "I'll take that as __" : A NO

117. __ psychology : POP

118. Poet's before : ERE

Answer grid.

C.C.