Theme: None - LAT Saturdays are always theme-less, though occasionally we have a mini-theme, two phrases are placed in symmetrical spots.
Words: 66 - Pretty low. 70-72 are our norm. Just FYI, the lowest ever themeless word count is 50 (NYT by Joe Krozel).
Blocks: 28 - Average. The lowest is 17 for a themeless (Again, NYT by Joe Krozel.) Neat right?
C.C. here. Yeah, I'm surprised to find myself here also.
Today is a typical themeless, total twelve 9's, with triple-stacks on top and bottom, and two double 9's on Down, crossing by another pair of 9's: 31A and 37A, both important connective tissues.
I myself have never made a 66-word. 68 is my lowest. Craig might have started with a 64. The black squares after MONTE (27A) and before MAINE (42A) might not have existed when he first designed the grid.
1. Arctic Winter Games gear : SNOWSHOES. Yes, PK, white stuff on our ground. 15F as I'm writing this post. We're having January-like weather.
10. Follows a cookbook direction : WHIPS
15. Apparent : EASY TO SEE. Also 31. Apparent : OSTENSIVE. I only know OSTENSIBLE.
16. Red River city : HANOI
17. Nomadic : ITINERANT
18. Pertaining to : AS FOR
19. Nucor and POSCO, industry-wise : STEELS. Wiki says Nucor is the largest steel producer in the US and POSCO is a steel company based in South Korea. Alas, I know neither.
20. Steak __ : TARTARE
22. Fragrant shrubs : MYRTLES. Must be how Myrtle Beach got its name.
24. Stretches out : EXTENDS
25. Try : TASTE
27. Con game : MONTE
34. Commotion : ADO
35. Rap sheet entry, perhaps : ARSON
36. Jar head? : LID. Nice clue.
37. Available employment : JOB MARKET. Senator vacancy here in MN.
40. Songwriter Green : CEELO
42. New Brunswick neighbor : MAINE
43. Propellant in ion thrusters : XENON
45. Patellar and Achilles : TENDONS
47. Hired help : SERVANT. In Hong Kong, many family have Amahs, who are mostly from the
51. Popular blend of seasoning : ITALIAN
52. Small 1-Down : TREMOR. OK. 1. Quake : SEISM. Jayce's expertise.
53. Ulyanov's alias : LENIN. Holy smokes! I always thought Lenin is his real name. This poster was everywhere when I grew up.
57. Player selection process : DRAFT
58. Browbeats : BULLDOZES
59. Long-eared critters : ASSES
60. Party decorations : STREAMERS
2. Like some dressers : NATTY
3. Flexible wood : OSIER. Learned from doing crosswords.
4. 1998 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee : WYNETTE (Tammy). Only know her "Stand By
5. Finer than fine : STELLAR. Been enjoying Picard's pictures. These Amazon ones are lovely.
7. Baja bear : OSA
8. Poetic contraction : E'EN
9. Roman numeral : SETTE. Followed by D-less Otto.
10. Penn's business school : WHARTON
11. Moves quickly : HASTENS
12. Childish : INFANTILE
13. Unfortunate one : POOR DEVIL. New phrase to me.
14. Many retired Kentucky Derby winners : SIRES
21. Forestry workers : AX MEN
23. Flier that delivers? : STORK. Babies.
26. County in four Northeast states : ESSEX
28. Indian filmmaker Kapoor : RAJ. Another learning moment. Wiki says he's also known as "the
greatest showman of Indian cinema".
29. Devices used on trips : ODOMETERS
30. Freak out : GO BANANAS. Another sparkling fill.
32. Lugs : TOTES
33. Old Tokyo : EDO
35. Air Canada Centre, e.g. : ARENA
38. __ crisis : MIDLIFE. Ahh, both Splynter and I have entered that age range.
39. Consecrates, in a way : ANOINTS
40. Bullfight : CORRIDA
41. "Did Hamlet so __ with his envy ... ": Shakespeare : ENVENOM. Our Ol' Man Keith'e milieu.
44. Aggravate : NETTLE
45. Alternative nickname to Mattie, perhaps : TILDA. Stumped me. They sound so different.
46. Hardly humble sorts : SNOBS
48. Knock over : AMAZE
49. Observant one : NOTER. Gluey entry. Much needed in a low-count grid.
50. Barrette target : TRESS
55. "__ I digress" : BUT
56. Type of camera, briefly : SLR
I'm sad to tell you that Splynter (Richard Monsaythe) has decided to leave our blogging team. He's been guiding us since March 2011, missing only two Saturdays when he was sick.
I was stunned by his decision. Then I read his his last write-up again and again. Sad that I did not catch his hints last Saturday.
Splynter has a wide-ranging interests, from film-making to game design to wood-working. He's very creative, resourceful and subtle. I'm glad we had the chance to get to know him and enjoy his work and creativity for six and a half years.
Thank you so much for your hard work, Splynter, please stay in touch and check in with us from time to time. We'd love to know more about your job, hobbies and life in general.
At the same time, I'm also happy to inform you that the incomparable Husker Gary has agreed to take up the Saturday helm. He'll be our guide starting Dec 16th, 2017.
Happy Birthday to Hahtoolah (Susan), who's been with
our blog since 2009. She never comes to our blog without an
thought-provoking quote. And her quotes are never random. She's amazingly thoughtful and observant.
|Gary and Joann|