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Sep 1, 2013

Sunday September 1, 2013 Margaret Hannan

Theme: "Division of Labor" - Each "Labor" word is divided into two parts by a black square.

23A. Brown outburst : GOOD GRIEF  FORT BENNING (24A. Georgia military post)
 
40A. '90s three-door SUV : MAZDA NAVAJO  BUBBLE GUM (45A. Bazooka output)

61A. High class : UPPER CRUST  RAIN BARREL (64A. Runoff collector)

85A. Getaway with horses : DUDE RANCH  OREGON DUCKS (87A. Washington Huskies rival)

108A. Frequent button-presser : COUCH POTATO  I'LL BE BACK (110A. Arnold's catchphrase)

So these are essentially grid-spanning 21-letter entries broken up by a black square. A perfect 100 theme squares.

I've mentioned this before. Grid spanning 15's often ease up a weekday grid, but 21's are somehow hard. And the constructor has 5 to deal with today.

I think this is Margaret Hannan's LAT debut. Congratulations!
 
Across:

1. Traveling like Columbus : ASEA

5. Seniors' advocacy org. : AARP. Few like them on our blog.

9. Many a commuter's home : SUBURB

15. Beltmaking tools : AWLS

19. Still at the lost and found : UNCLAIMED

21. One who overdoes a privilege : ABUSER

22. Actress Perlman : RHEA. Back together with Danny DeVito after a short separation.

26. Googling result : URL

27. Defense team: Abbr. : ATTs

28. "Twilight" heroine : BELLA (Swan).  Look here.  It has no mention of his relationship with Kristen Stewart. How could that be? I like Wiki bio where there's a clear "Personal life" segment.

29. Kook : WEIRDO

30. Space capsule transition : RE-ENTRY

32. It may be a surprise : PARTY

33. Hawker's talk : SPIEL

34. __ moment : AHA

35. Moral misstep : SIN

36. Nobelist Bellow : SAUL. Better call this Saul. Breaking Bad.



37. Airport security requests : IDs

47. Inter __ : ALIA

48. Toledo title : SENOR

49. Action film weapons : UZIs

50. Water container? : DIKE. Nice clue.

51. Good __/bad __: interrogation method : COP

52. Thanks/thanks link : BUT NO.

54. Org. with HQ on Manhattan's East Side : THE UN

56. "Bummer" : AW GEE. Do you guys all like the stupid Gmail new format? I can't even find the CC button.

57. Big name in escapes : HOUDINI. I thought of Alcatraz.

59. Lamb cut : SHANK

60. Glamorous Gardner : AVA

69. Storage media, briefly : CDs

70. Civil rights org. : NAACP

72. Follow : ABIDE BY

73. Groundwork : BASIS

76. Game on skates : DERBY. Roller derby.

77. Windshield sticker : DECAL

79. Head of London? : LOO. Did you want ELL also?

80. "I say!" : EGAD

81. Western landscape feature : MESA

82. Like some luck : TOUGH

84. Zero-spin particle : PION. No idea. What does "Zero-spin" mean?

90. Match, as a bet : SEE

91. Sony co-founder Morita : AKIO. Literally "bright man".


92. Enlistees : GIs

93. Oklahoma resource : OIL

94. Plant tissue : XYLEM. New word to me also.

96. Cover used during zapping : SARAN

99. "Gerontion" poet : T. S. ELIOT

103. Opens, as a beer : UNCAPS

105. Required situation for a two-run homer : ONE ON. Oh, I'd like you to know that I'm now a Pirates fan. Bye, Twins!



106. Roll call replies : AYES

107. Sgt. or cpl. : NCO

112. Verdant : LUSH

113. Decks out : ADORNS

114. Sneak out : STEAL AWAY

115. "I'd hate to break up __" : A SET

116. Accommodate, in a way, as a restaurant patron : RE-SEAT

117. "CSI" actress Helgenberger : MARG.  Pronounced with a hard "G". She's wearing nipple concealers, Argyle, in case you wonder.



118. Sticky Note, e.g. : MEMO

Down:

1. Soothsayer : AUGUR

2. Nocturnal noise : SNORE

3. Nice school : ECOLE. French city Nice.

4. City council rep. : ALD

5. Dallas-based budget carrier : AIRTRAN

6. Accord : AMITY

7. Welsh actor Roger : REES

8. Adobe format : PDF

9. More conservative, investment-wise : SAFER

10. Horseshoe-shaped hardware item : U-BOLT

11. Thickset : BURLY

12. Venus's org. : USTA (United States Tennis Association). Venus Williams.

13. Gray : REB. This "Gray" clue gets me all the time.

14. Stout servers : BREW PUBS

15. Onetime rival of Jack and Gary : ARNIE (Palmer). Gary Player.

16. Pinwheel : WHIRLIGIG. Lovely entry.

17. Advance : LEND

18. Palm tree starch : SAGO

20. First name in whodunits : AGATHA

25. Sam who played Merlin in "Merlin" : NEILL

28. It has strings attached : BANJO. The dreaded "Deliverance".

31. Nothin' : NADA

32. Cliburn's instrument : PIANO

33. Oral polio vaccine developer : SABIN

35. Cinematographer Nykvist : SVEN. Known for his for his work with Ingmar Bergman, according to Wiki.

36. Ichiro of baseball : SUZUKI. My very first baseball card is a Ichiro rookie.

38. British nobleman : DUKE

39. Barrie pirate : SMEE. Peter Pan.

40. __ Picchu : MACHU

41. Knock for __ : A LOOP

42. Mom's winter morning reminder : ZIP UP

43. Up and about : ASTIR

44. Surg. specialty : ORTH

45. Lake __ Vista : BUENA

46. __ Bear, original name of Winnie-the-Pooh : EDWARD. Did not know this.

52. Bath visitors : BIRDS. "Visitor" made me think of the British city Bath.

53. Members of the fam : UNCS (Uncles). Meh fill. Unavoidable in a Sunday grid.

55. Source of a Marxian nickname : HARP. This refers to Harpo Marx, right?

56. Be helpful to : AVAIL

58. Rule : DECIDE

59. You might take one before giving up : STAB. Please give Young & Beautiful
a stab. Best song I heard this summer. So haunting.

60. "SOS" singers : ABBA

62. World Heritage Site org. : UNESCO

63. Immortal actress Bernhardt : SARAH. It amuses me every time Rich uses "Immortal" in a clue. Wiki said she's "the most famous actress the world has ever known." Died in March 1923. French.

65. Salsa holder : NACHO

66. Museum item : RELIC

67. Nook download : E-BOOK

68. City north of Marseilles : LYONS. I wonder why English adds S to both Lyon and Marseille.

71. Plasm lead-in : CYTO. "Cell".

73. Hospital count : BEDS

74. Chills and fever : AGUE

75. Lousy example : SAD EXCUSE.  Always thought "sad excuse" = "bad explanation".

76. Jean-etic material? : DENIM. Got it.

77. Expected to arrive : DUE IN

78. Breakfast staple : EGGS

81. Matches the scorecard, so to speak : MAKES PAR. I tend to say "I made a par/birdie/bogey" on that hole, with "a".

83. Bach's instrument : ORGAN

84. Clout : PULL

86. Friend of Potsie in "Happy Days" : RALPH

88. Steed feeder : NOSEBAG

89. Semi filler : DIESEL

95. America's Cup entry : YACHT

96. It's a trap : SNARE. Great clue.

97. UnitedHealthcare rival : AETNA

98. High bar : ROOST

99. First president who wasn't elected : TYLER (John). Because of Harrison's death.

100. Amazed : IN AWE

101. Eponymous William's birthplace : OCCAM. William of Occam, known for his razor principle.

102. Capital east of Seoul : TOKYO

103. Campus south of Sunset Blvd. : UCLA

104. We, to Henri : NOUS. Oui!

105. Plains people : OTOS

106. Mont. neighbor : ALTA (Alberta)

109. Wordsworth work : ODE

110. Philosophy : ISM

111. Emeril catchword : BAM. This simple Quinoa salad deserves a "Bam" from Emeril! I always "Kick it up a notch" with a few slices of avocado.


C.C.


Aug 31, 2013

Saturday, Aug 31st, 2013, Doug Peterson & Brad Wilber

Theme: DP+BW

Words: 68 (missing J,Q,X,Z)

Blocks: 31

   Doug and Brad combine again for a tough, but do-able, challenge this week.  For me, it was a hit....and then a miss; a hit....and then a miss.  A near perfect symmetry to the grid; two more black squares and it would look the same even if you rotated the puzzle through 90°.  Two 13-letter climbers in sequence;

14D. Currency printed on only one side : MONOPOLY MONEY - I landed on BANDO - need $200


15D. Rued years : MISSPENT YOUTH - I spent my youth well; it was after missing out on film school that I could say I 'rued' the next 15 years

And a pair of hard-to-work-into-a-grid 14-letter spanners;

30A. "That's the pot calling the kettle black!" : YOU'RE ONE TO TALK

35A. London arena that Pelé dubbed "the cathedral of football" : WEMBLEY STADIUM - Nailed it - but not too difficult for me, since my parent's were born in England, and my father was a HUGE (football) soccer fan - he wanted his ashes scattered at  midfield there; we may still....

~!

ACROSS:

1. Hits the dirt? : SCRUBS - not a good start to this one; my whole NW corner was either blank or filled in with the wrong answers

7. Window in many loft conversions : DORMER - better; carpentry is my thing; I like this one

13. Prepared to fire : TOOK AIM - DAH~!  I filled in "AIMED AT" - right, but wrong

15. Tool for hackers : MACHETE - who else was on a computer hacker train of thought?

16. Name on "The Name of the Rose" : UMBERTO - not a clue


17. Spoke like an uninspired lecturer : INTONED

18. Smartphone component, for short : CPU - DAH~!  I put in APP - and only one "P" was good.

19. Soothes, in a way : SINGS TO

21. Mars, for one : ORB - DAH~! I went with the "GOD" version

22. Throw : CAST - DAH~!  I put in TOSS ( and thought it was too easy, too )

24. Old language that gives us "berserk" : NORSE - WAGed it

25. Home of the Czech Republic's Supreme Court : BRNO - I got down to one cell, and it was the second here, fifth in the down clue - both foreign places, and the "R" was a total WAG - and when I got "Ta-Da~!", I still didn't like Brno - but I do like their advertising campaign....

26. Second to none : ON TOP - DAH~!  I had ELITE

28. Spot in a casino : PIP - the dimples on dice


29. Crème de __ : CACAO - MENTHE did not fit, even with the "E" being silent

33. Hose holder : REEL

34. Indoor football name : NERF - not the league, just the toy

41. Fauvist painter Dufy : RAOUL

42. 5, spelled out? : MAY - The FIFTH month

43. Rayed bloom : ASTER - Crossword staple, Saturday cluing

45. Tendon attachment? : ITIS - tendonITIS

46. Pamplona runners : TOROS - Da Bullz

48. Green opening : HOLE - Second time the guys threw me this week; instead of getting crafty with a prefix like "ECO-" or "AGRI-", we are looking for the a plain old cup in the grass of a golf course....

49. Mdse. : GDs - Goods

50. Like many consonants : LINGUAL - I tried "GLOTTAL"

52. Cat's batter : PAW - Did anyone else think of cake mix at first?

53. Ancient Syrian : HITTITE - Learned from watching Ghostbusters

55. First golfer to win the U.S., British and Canadian Opens in the same year : TREVINO

57. Overly sentimental : TREACLY

58. Side effect of a bike helmet : HAT HAIR - this is NOT what YOU were thinking....

59. Pet : STROKE - hwwwwsh - I had CARESS; so close....

60. Disrespected outwardly : SASSED

DOWN:

1. Masonry finish : STUCCO - here's where I could tell my first ACROSS pass was a 'fail'; I knew what masonry finish the guys were looking for;  I did one for a customer on her porch, my shed is getting the treatment, and my future home will definitely be stucco

2. Firm : COMPANY - noun? adjective? verb? had to wait

3. Humidor item : ROBUSTO - I likes me a cigar; I prefer a Tatiana flavoured cigarillo over a robusto; refers to the ring size of the smoke

4. Island entertainment : UKE

5. Places to see a lot of spirits : BARS - yep, tis where I spent those 15 years....

6. March alternative : SIT-IN - I was on a toccata, fugue, corale wavelength

7. Poet translated by Longfellow : DANTE

8. Pi preceder? : OCTO - octopi, the plural of octopus....gritting my teeth

9. Pi follower : RHO - Greek letters

10. Mediterranean island, to locals : MENORCA - I guess everyone else refers to it as M-I-norca, as opposed to the other island in the area, Mallorca (MAJORca)

11. Like amaranth flowers, in myth : ETERNAL - from the Greek, for unwilting; I have taken inspiration from Yellowrocks, and found this poem

12. Magazine in which "The Thin Man" first appeared : REDBOOK - I have heard of it; more here from Wiki

20. Put on a happy face : GRIN

23. Sightseers can be seen on one : TOUR BUS

25. Spade-shaped reef swimmer : BATFISH


27. Alberto VO5 rival : PRELL - hair care products

29. Una __: using the soft pedal : CORDA

31. Brogan classification : EEE - shoe size

32. High __ : TEA

35. Pair commemorated on North Carolina's state quarter : WRIGHTS - the bicycle brothers who designed and built the first flying machine

36. Humble oneself : EAT DIRT

37. More likely to win the bakeoff, maybe : MOISTER

38. '33 Chicago World's Fair puppeteer : SARG - Fascinating; I found this clip - watch the king (sultan?) hitting the hookah (@6:55), and then it gets a bit DF about 8:15.  If you want to see a modern take, there's some more marionettes in the movie "Still Breathing"

39. Beauty spots? : UTOPIAS

40. One-named singer/songwriter of the 1970 Woodstock-inspired hit "Lay Down" : MELANIE - link away~!

44. Paraphrase : RE-WORD

46. Safe-deposit box document : TITLE

47. Author Paretsky and others : SARAS

50. Defeat : LICK - Well, the guys could have gone the other way with the cluing

51. "Why, then, __ soldier drink!": Iago : "LET A"

54. Confucian path : TAO

56. Old Beta rival : VHS - Video Home System; definitely the winner in the consumer market, but the news shows I worked with swore by Beta.

Splynter