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Nov 1, 2015

Sunday Nov 1, 2015 Jacob Stulberg

Theme:"Repossessed" - Theme entries are all in the pattern of A's B + B's C, but each B's C now belongs to A.

 22A. Cheap metal lacking an owner? : NOBODY'S FOOL'S GOLD. Nobody's Fool. Fool's gold.

 38A. Victims of a physicist's scam? : SCHRODINGER'S CAT'S PAWS. Schrodinger's cat. Cat's paws.

 54A. Rich kind of cake baked by a newspaper employee? : PRINTER'S DEVIL'S FOOD. Printer's devil is a new term to me. See here. Devil's food.

 79A. Easy jobs that are meant to be? : DESTINY'S CHILD'S PLAY. Destiny's Child. Child's play.

95A. Singer Clooney's delicate flowers? : ROSEMARY'S BABY'S BREATH. Rosemary's Baby. Baby's breath. I grokked the theme when this answer emerged. My solving is always very jumpy.

116A. Aristocrat's sunrise-to-sundown trip? : LORD'S DAY'S JOURNEY. Lord's Day. Day's journey.

Only 6 entries, but they occupy a total of 108 theme squares. I'll definitely need 144 words for anything over 100.

This grid is solidly made. Look at the lower right corner. So smooth and clean.

Across:  

1. Highlander : GAEL

5. Nile dangers : ASPS

9. Cold __ : CALL. Not CASE.

13. Muslim dignitary : EMIR

17. Peak west of the Ionian Sea : ETNA

18. Hoops : B-BALL. My dad loved NBA games and could name those top players easily. Those two characters are Chinese for Jordon.

19. Like kiwifruit : OVOID

21. Tiny arachnid : MITE

25. How many modern TV shows may be seen : IN HD

26. "Maybe" : I'LL SEE. I could not parse my own answer.

27. Swinging time? : AT BAT. Nailed it.

28. "Twittering Machine" artist : KLEE

30. "I'll throw your dagger __ the house": "Twelfth Night" : O'ER

31. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" gp. : ELO

32. Power dept. : ENER

34. Home of Lihue Airport : KAUAI. Got via crosses.

36. Private student : TUTEE

43. Topiary trees : YEWS




44. Organ to lend or bend : EAR

45. 82-Down's river : ARNO. And 82. European city whose university was officially established in 1343 : PISA Also 61. 2006 World Cup champion : ITALY

46. Drags to court : SUES
 
47. Enjoyed the lake : SWAM. Also 11. Gaze over, as a lake : LOOK ACROSS

50. Sushi option : EEL

51. "True Detective" network : HBO

52. Classic Ford : T-BIRD

60. Spanish article : LAS. And 106. Apennines article : UNA
 
62. Playground retort : ARE SO

63. Big rigs : SEMIS

67. Subject of Odysseus : ITHACAN

69. Fangorn Forest denizen : ENT. The Lord of the Rings. 

70. Most intimate : CLOSEST

72. Show gratitude to : THANK

73. "Step __!" : ASIDE

76. State as fact : CLAIM

78. Like : A LA

83. "Same here" : DITTO. Not ME TOO.

85. Some smartphones : LGs

86. Lift or squat : REP Also 5. Crunched muscles : ABs

87. Belief systems : ISMs. Funny to look back on all the Marxism, Leninism, Maoism I was taught in school. 

88. Dance in a pit : MOSH

89. Arrange in a cabinet : FILE

91. Chat : JAW

92. Major Pa. and N.J. routes : TPKs

101. Conductor Walter : BRUNO. Got via crosses.

102. Blender brand : OSTER

103. Land east of the Urals : ASIA

104. Symbol of strength : OAK

107. Hit the road : WENT. Tricky tense.

109. On edge : TESTY. Oh, TTP, my Google is back. I was on edge for two days. Changing Google Instant predictions to "Never" solved my blank page problem. But the Adobe Flash continues to crash for my Firefox, even if I have the updated version. OK with Boomer's Explorer.

112. Loser's fatal mistake? : SNOOZE. You snooze, you lose. I thought it might be diet-related.

114. Airman or seaman : RANK

119. "Good one!" : NICE!

120. Daft : INANE

121. Bad lighting? : ARSON. Nailed it.

122. Ire : BILE

123. Heap : SLEW

124. What leaders hold : SWAY. Easy in retrospect.

125. Nincompoop : BOOB

126. One may start with the striking of a gavel: Abbr. : SESS (Session)

Down:

1. Spirit in a bottle : GENIE

2. Chain components, perhaps : ATOLLS. Island chain.

3. As a whole : EN BLOC

4. China neighbor : LAOS. Lots of people speak French there.

6. "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" setting : SAFARI. I wanted SAHARA.

7. Garden area : PLOT

8. Housekeeper's bete noire : SLOB

9. Bill sharer : CO-STAR. Movies.

10. Part of ERA: Abbr. : AVG

12. Dramatist Hellman : LILLIAN

13. Longtime Brit. music label : EMI

14. Mythical creature in Dante's "Inferno" : MINOTAUR

15. Words that have a ring to them? : I THEE WED. Nailed it.

16. Right : REDRESS

18. "Toodle-oo!" : BYE NOW

20. NASA was formed during his admin. : DDE. I thought it was established in JFK era.

23. Company excelling in many fields? : DEERE. Nice clue.

24. L.A. athlete : LAKER

29. Reputed UFO fliers : ETs

33. Magazine VIPs : EDs

35. In working order : USABLE. Not STABLE.

37. Advantages : UPSIDES

39. Choir selection : HYMN

40. Far from flush : NEEDY

41. It's quite a blow : GALE. Another great clue.

42. "Africa" band : TOTO

47. Divide into shares : SPLIT. I wanted ALLOT.

48. Ire : WRATH

49. Tyler who voices Lana on "Archer" : AISHA. Co-host of CBS's morning show "The Talk". Nice bouncy hair.

50. Bilingual subj. : ESL. Clue & answer dupe partly.

51. "Java" jazzman : HIRT

53. Upper garment parts : BOSOMS

55. Traveler's purchase : TICKET. 56. 55-Down datum: Abbr. : ETA

57. Charged, infantry-style : RAN AT

58. Wind farm features : VANES

59. __ point : FOCAL

64. They often have multiple courses : MEALS. Reminds me of the traditional Chinese wedding in countryside & the sumptuous meals. My youngest aunt was carried in a Jiao like this on her wedding day.

65. Imam's faith : ISLAM

66. Goes nowhere : STAYS

68. "What happened next?" : AND THEN

69. Nestlé dessert brand : EDY'S

71. Tupperware topper : LID

74. Novelty item with an eyeglasses variety : SILLY STRAW. Total stranger to me.


75. Drink, e.g. : INGEST

76. Like Bit-O-Honey candy bars : CHEWY

77. Impudence : LIP

80. Talk show furniture : SOFA

81. Dungeness delicacy : CRAB

83. Epitome of deadness : DOORNAIL

84. Distribution : ISSUANCE

88. Homer Simpson's boss : MR. BURNS. I just love this corner.

90. Some decals : IRON-ONS

91. Two-time NFL sacks leader __ Allen : JARED. He was a Viking before? No idea.


92. "Conan" channel : TBS

93. Pen : PRISON

94. He played Klaatu in "The Day The Earth Stood Still" (2008) : KEANU

96. Shorten, in a way : MOW

97. Designer Johnson : BETSEY. Drew a blank as well. Nice straight hair. The power of flat iron.

98. States as fact : SAYS SO

99. Multimetallic Canadian coin : TOONIE

100. Nut trees : HAZELS

105. "Flowers for Algernon" author Daniel : KEYES

108. Nutmeg State collegian : ELI

110. "Born From Jets" sloganeer : SAAB

111. Newbie : TYRO

113. Solar system components : ORBS

115. Garden district on the Thames : KEW

117. Forensic ID : DNA

118. Snow or nose follower : JOB. This type of "what or what follower" clue & fill-in-blank with multiple answers like "Cold ___" are not as easy as they seem.



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I'd like to thank Barry G, D-Otto and Splynter for test-solving my puzzle and giving me constructive feedback. Also for the unsung hero Todd McClary for helping me shape the puzzle. Todd came up with the smooth upper left corner.

C.C.


Message from Alex Boisver/Elissa Grossman:

"Hi all.

The Crosswords LA tournament was just held (October 24), at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and featured new puzzles from some top constructors.  Just as we do every year, we are selling the puzzles from the tournament, with some proceeds going to support the local Reading To Kids charity.  In addition, we're selling what we're calling a "mega pack" -- all the crosswords from the tournament, plus some bonus puzzles.  It's $6 for the basic pack, $8 for the mega pack, and full details are below. If you're interested, head over to http://crosswordnexus.com/store.

The basic pack includes (all puzzles in PUZ and PDF format):
- Warm-up puzzle (Andrea Carla Michaels and Joel Elkins)
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- Puzzle 2 (Jeffrey Harris)
- Puzzle 3 (Sam Donaldson)
- Puzzle 4 (Patti Varol)
- Puzzle 5 (Trip Payne)
- Finals Puzzle (easy and hard versions -- Doug Peterson)
- Tie-breaker puzzle (Ronald Allen)

The mega pack includes all the above, plus:
- Team puzzle race (John Doppler Schiff)
- Bonus crossword (Erik Agard)
- *Outside The Box Preview Rows Garden Puzzle (Joon Pahk)
- *Diagramless Kickstarter Preview (Brendan Emmett Quigley)
- Kaidoku (Alex Boisvert)

*These two puzzles have previously been published at joonpahk.com and Brendan's diagramless kickstarter, respectively.  All others have never before been published.

Thanks!"

Oct 31, 2015

Saturday, Oct 31st, 2015, Julian Lim

Theme: Happy Halloween~!

Words: 70 (missing X )

Blocks: 27

  We last saw today's constructor on a Saturday way back in January; I mention this not only because it's true, but I had just returned from upstate NY where my friend Garry has his wind- and solar-powered cabins - and this weekend I move into his house in Flanders. As for the puzzle, I was hoping it would not be too much of a brain-drain.  Gave myself a pat on the back for getting thru most of the gird, but it was a WAGfest in the NW.  Triple 9's crossing triple 7's in the corners are make for one of the worst kinds of grid - it usually means proper names/two-word answers/extreme vagueness;

1. Reaction to a piece of cake : NO PROBLEM - I seriously considered "YUM YUM YUM" because I had the "M"; I also pondered "LET THEM", as in "eat cake"

29. Amazon visitor's need : WEB ACCESS - hmmm, which Amazon~? The River, or the "go-to" online site for shopping~?

46. "Sure, let's!" : "I'M UP FOR IT~!"

60. Attempt : HAVE A GO AT - user-friendly vowel/consonant grouping; have a "goat~?"

ONWARD~!

ACROSS:

10. Ustream offering : NET TV - oops, not VIDEO

15. Hyperlink feature : UNDERLINE - frequently seen in email addresses, between parts of names; john_doe@crossword.com

16. Missouri River city : OMAHA

17. Qatar-based broadcaster : AL JAZEERA - the Wiki (From C.C.: I think this underline is what 15A refers to, right, TTP/D-Otto?)

18. Equate : LIKEN

19. Org. concerned with pedagogy : NEA - $2 word for the method of teaching

20. Parliament : London :: Storting : __ : OSLO - sounded Scandinavian

21. "As if I care!" : "BITE ME~!"

22. Blending aid, briefly : CAMO - short for camouflage, Frawnche for "smoke in the face"

24. Not high : SOBER - 3,949 days and counting

26. Some univ. proctors : TAs

27. Balances (out) : EVENS

32. Make easier to eat, as fruit : DESEED

34. Noted source of rubies and sapphires : SRI LANKA

35. French vineyards : CRUS

37. Rank quality : ODOR - my first thought was about smell, but I ended going with ONE-A....bzzzt~!

38. Like some courses : REQUIRED

42. Cannonball consequence : SPLASH


48. Knighted conductor : SOLTI

49. "'I __ you liked your drink,' sez Gunga Din" : 'OPE

50. Confines : CAGES

52. Farm food : SLOP

53. Ford model : TAURUS

56. Senate minority leader : REID

58. Otolaryngologists, e.g.: Abbr. : DRs - long word for a short abbr.

59. Patronized, in a way : ATE AT

62. It's open at the end of the fall : CHUTE - ah, parachute - at least you hope it's open at the end....

63. Cattle site : OPEN RANGE

64. Works with keys : TYPES

65. Microbrewery product : WHEAT BEER - ooh, I was close with CRAFT beer

DOWN:

1. Far from clear-cut : NUANCED

2. Like some new mothers : ON LEAVE

3. "Death Comes to Pemberley" author : P.D. JAMES - utter WAG from mostly perps; a link to her website

4. "In Dreams" actor : REA - we saw him last week

5. Ingredient in some Italian wedding soup : ORZO - the little bits of pasta; I like the little bits of meatball; interesting fact about the soup's name origin here

6. Approve : BLESS

7. Hide : LIE LOW - oops, not LAY low

8. Covers up, in a way : ENROBES - I like when confectioners "enrobe" their treats in chocolate

9. Word of apology : MEA - we also saw this last week

10. __ me tangere : NOLI - Latin for "touch me not" - new to me - some history

11. Put out : EMIT

12. Stop for a bit : TAKE TEN

13. 1994 Jim Carrey film : THE MASK

14. Samuel Barber opera : VANESSA - WAG

21. Intertwines : BRAIDS - pondered SPOONS first


23. Like some hotel room coffeemakers : ONE CUP - I had one in my room when I stayed in Delaware

25. River from Cantabria to Catalonia : EBRO - ha-HA~! Nailed it from crossword experience~!

28. Finishing stroke : SERIF - TAP-IN (golf) fit, too, but it wasn't working for me

30. Old cobblestone road sounds : CLOPS

31. Mexican novelist Fuentes : CARLOS - WAG and perps

33. Large pigs : DUROCS - new to me; I only know this Durock


36. Shot contents : SERA - ah, the needle kind of shot

38. Babysitter's reading, at times : RIOT ACT - LULLABY and WANT ADS fit, too

39. Therapist's asset : EMPATHY - I pondered "GOOD EAR" to start

40. What waiters often do : QUEUE UP - those who wait; I spent 90mins in DMV to register my van yesterday - with no signal for my cell phone

41. The "rh" in "rhapsody," e.g. : DIGRAPH

43. Wrapping words? : "ALL DONE~!"

44. Cloud function : STORAGE - the web-based servers kind of cloud; RAINING did fit, tho

45. Cool cat : HIPSTER

47. Tube : TEE-VEE

51. Italian town with a biannual horse race : SIENA - perps

54. Give stars to, say : RATE - OK, how would you rate her~!?


55. Salt Lake City team : UTES

57. Dash : DART

60. wiki__: collection of online manuals : HOW

61. Jaw : GAB

Splynter


Note from C.C.:

Crosswords LA puzzles are available here. $8 for the whole pack plus some bonus puzzles. All proceeds go to Reading for Kids charity.

Oct 30, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015, Don Gagliardo

Theme: Who wants cake, or maybe a 7 layer theme?

I would like each of you to write up the theme , which I understand but do not know how to express. First we have a reveal early on with 16A. What each successive starting word of the answers to starred clues is to the starting word that precedes it : SYNONYM (8). We then get our first starred clue/fill, 19A. *Popular clubs : HOT SPOTS (8) but it tells us nothing because first we need a 'successive' clue which we get immediately with 20A. *Ty Cobb specialties : STOLEN BASES (11) and the light bulb goes off because HOT and STOLEN both mean something purloined. But here is the twist, the next pair is STOLEN and TAKEN from 31A. *Dressed down : TAKEN TO TASK (11) with STOLEN now a verb. 38A. *Didn't allow to remain in, as political office : REMOVED FROM (11) gives us TAKEN/REMOVED.  We  then have REMOVED/DISTANT from 46A. *It's ancient history : DISTANT PAST (11)  and we finish with DISTANT/COLD as in the b!@#$ acted so DISTANT. 50A. *They might be knocked down in a bar : COLD ONES (8) And to a second reveal of the brilliant ladder Don Hard G has built we have 56A. What the start of 50-Across is to the start of 19-Across : ANTONYM (8) which reminds us we have gone from the HOT to the COLD and from SYNONYM to ANTONYM. Awesome! 76 letters are theme related! And then he manages to work in AT LEAST,  CREATOR.  HAIRNET,  OVER PAR,  PATIENT, PINHEAD, SCIORRA,  SEASIDE, ASTINS, CHEAPO, EPILOG, HOOPLA, ON TIME, PANAMA SHANTY, SKYLIT,  SOBERS, and TOUPEE. I am worn out and have not even begun....

Across:

1. Birdbrain : PINHEAD.  Clecho 46D. Birdbrains : DOPES.

8. Crummy : CHEAPO.

14. Annabella of "Jungle Fever" : SCIORRA. This ACTRESS born in Connecticut has had a very successful career in both movies and TV.

15. Producer : CREATOR. Literally true, but I found the connection slow to come to mind.

17. Equestrian's head cover : HAIRNET. There is always something new to LEARN.

18. Newscaster Lindström : PIA.
24. The last Mrs. Chaplin : OONA. 4D. Hullabaloo : HOOPLA.  Really fun word and the equally fun.  54D. Hamlin's caveman : OOP.
25. Valuable extraction : ORE.

26. Pros with schedules : CPAS. IRS 1040 e.g.

30. Save : BUT.

35. Closing words : EPILOG. I never have used this spelling.

37. Hut : SHANTY.Has bad connotations.

42. Trouble : AIL.

43. Barely come (through) : SEEP.

44. Box "b" on a W-2: Abbr. : EINEmployer Identification Number.

45. Magazine that published advance excerpts from Stephen King's "Firestarter" : OMNI. This was a fine MAGAZINE.

55. Like bogeys : OVER PAR. These days almost all the holes.

60. Playing the waiting game : PATIENT.

61. Resort site : SEASIDE.

62. Pass : ELAPSE.

63. Minimally : AT LEAST.

Down:

1. Some email enders : PSS. I have never used PS or any variation in an email.

2. Dangerous, in a way : ICY. Cold.

3. Writer who said "The only abnormality is the incapacity to love" : NIN. Anais was born  Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, of Cuban descent.  LINK.

5. Els with clubs : ERNIE. More golf.

6. Ancient Indo-European : ARYAN. Quite the HISTORY

7. Hydroelectric facility : DAM.

8. Pack up : CRATE. As a verb.

9. Five-time world champion skater Carol : HEISS.  More ICE, but I think even  Tin allows it for skating. A quick memory of our dear departed Clear Ayes and all our figure skaters who have come and gone.
10. 1994 Costner role : EARP. Wyatt.

11. 5 for B or 6 for C : ATNO. I think the clue needs at least a 'shortly' as neither B nor C as atomic symbols are actually abbreviations.

12. Orpheus, for one : POET.

13. Scraps : ORTS.

15. Elect : CHOSEN. This time not a verb.

19. Leaping critter : HARE. 36D. __-eared : LOP.  You like Lola?


20. Sleeps it off, with "up" : SOBERS.

21. Theatrical piece? : TOUPEE. Nice misdirection especially near HARE.

22. As scheduled : ON TIME. Airlines now over state time so they can appear on time.

23. __ choy : BOK.  A versatile vegetable.  LINK.

26. Windy City travel org. : CTA. I never have used Chicago transit.

27. Colombia neighbor : PANAMA.

28. Actors John and Sean : ASTINS. If you ever wondered why Samwise Gamgee did not look like Gomez Addams, they are not biologic father and son. It is a complicated STORY.

29. Naturally bright : SKYLIT. How many of you have a skylight in your home? I am in a second floor apartment, so...

31. Good, in Hebrew : TOV.  Yom tov.

32. Golden __ : AGE. Of comic books?

33. Musical org. based in Kawasaki : TSO.

34. Electrical measure : OHM.

39. Much of Nevada : DESERT.


40. Emotional spells : FITS. Is this now an un-pc term?

41. Strand under a microscope : RNARibonucleic acid.

45. Resist : OPPOSE.

47. Silly : INANE.

48. Good-sized combo : NONET. Nine pieces.

49. Wreck big time : TOTAL. I had one car totaled when I was broadsided.

50. Deal : COPE.

51. Roundish : OVAL. ...ish.

52. "__ Smile Be Your Umbrella" : LET A. Who ever did it better?


53. Boring type : DRIP. A 1950s term.

56. Arkansas governor Hutchinson : ASA. How many obscure ASAs are there?

57. Actress Vardalos : NIA. My big fat Greek wallet after her success. We have this new Greek restaurant near our place and we want to eat there but whenever we walk over there are no customers...

58. Abbr. near a tee : YDS. Yards, as most of you read this I am in another charity golf tournament.

59. Assembled : MET. As opposed to a New York Met. Baseball in 50 degree weather....

A classic Don Hard G. Friday, so well put together. Have a safe Halloween and set your clocks back and enjoy the extra hour.


Lemonade out


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