(post updated at noon Wednesday)
The theme in Vic Fleming's New York Times crossword made me feel a little young. Of the four 15-letter theme entries clued with [Kitty], two were sort of before my time—17-Across's crossings gave me CARLISLE easy enough, but what word comes before that? ACTRESS, as it turns out. I hear she was a game show panelist, but I didn't see her on game shows or in her acting manifestation. For 46-Across, the crossings pointed quickly to GUNSMOKE-something, but what? BARKEEP, that's what. (POKER TABLE MONEY and NICKNAME FOR A CAT were less troublesome for me.) Favorite clues and entries:
David Kahn's New York Sun puzzle, "Go Team!," roots for the American Olympians by means of tossing a "USA!" into each theme entry:
I would write more about the clues and answers I liked, but I'm feeling carsick. I'm not in a car, so that's odd. See y'all in the morning.
I was half-blind for Bob Klahn's CrosSynergy puzzle, "Jump Ropes," as I was oblivious to assorted typos in one section and couldn't figure out what words could fit in their crossings. [Snap at the finish] is a PHOTO, not a HPOTO, and [Powerfully built] is SINEWY, not SINESY—and those typos blocked my discovery of APPETITE ([Craving]) and CHEW ON ([Ponder]). The theme entries have the letter string ROPE jumping across a word space in the phrases LETTER OPENER, DROP EVERYTHING, and TOUR OPERATOR. Lots of great fill in this crossword—a PUTSCH is a [Coup d'etat], DAIQUIRI completes ["It's a hickory ___, Doc!" (bar joke punchline)], OBLIVION is [Total forgetfulness], the KREMLIN was a [Cold War citadel], RAPUNZEL was a [Locked-up long-locked lass], and a TOPKNOT is a [Hair ball] in a sense.
Michael Langwald's LA Times crossword contains six theme entries whose end parts can precede the word MARK (65-Across):
The word AND shows up within two entries, with a pleasing ECHO ([Hollow responses?])—C AND W, or country and western ([Oft-twangy genre, briefly]), and OOH AND AAH, or [React to a trapeze act].
August 12, 2008