Once I finished Byron Walden's New York Times crossword and tucked my son into bed, my foot ache escalated to 11 without warning. So now I'm trapped in my kid's bed with the laptop and don't know when I will be able to make a getaway. Maybe after the ice pack releases all its cold into my foot? Anyway, I like the whiplash effect of traveling from 1-Down across the grid at 33-Across and down again at 36-Down. POST-PUNK, [Like the grunge rock movement], butts heads with a KANSAS CITY CHIEF (football [Player coached by Hank Stram]), and drops off into the FEDAYEEN (non-S plural for [Palestinian fighters]). Other musical fill: ALTO (Word with flute or horn]), POCO ([___ adagio (score direction)]), and a UKULELE ([A musician might pick it]). Other politically oriented fill: THE HONORABLE ([Mayor's introduction?]), [Kennedyesque conquests] or NEW FRONTIERS, and RED / STATES.
There's enough other sports fill to pack a stadium:
There's even a tangentially (!) mathematical vibe:
I never heard of ["Watership Down" director Martin] ROSEN. It wouldn't be very Saturdayish to turn to the usual ROSEN clue, baseball's Al Rosen.
Here are my favorite clues and answers in Brad Wilber's LA Times crossword:
Randall Hartman's CrosSynergy crossword, "Ocean's Five," isn't a prequel to Ocean's Eleven. Each theme entry's a phrase that starts with one of the five oceans, provided you accept the distribution of the earth's water into five oceans. The Wikipedia article has a graphic that illustrates how the oceans can be split into five, four (allocating the Southern Ocean's territory to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian), three (ditching a separate Arctic), or one ocean (World Ocean—which would make for a lousy crossword theme); when I saw the illustration, the caption contained Wiki vandalism by "Brandon and Kim," who purport to have discovered the oceans yesterday. My first Wiki vandalism observance!).
Favorite clues and answers in Dan Stark's Newsday "Saturday Stumper":
April 11, 2008