Wed. BEQ tba
Yeah, I know. I've fallen behind on crosswords. I've had a busy day signing all sorts of executive orders and unpacking boxes. No, actually, it's been a full day of crossword work. Really. And tomorrow will be much the same, so we'll see if/when I get around to the puzzle backlog here.
Gary Whitehead's byline looks wrong above the New York Times crossword. What is his full name doing written out up there? Shouldn't the last four letters of his name be smooshed together into one character? Yes, that's right. It's a Thursday rebus puzzle, and the word that gets the squeezebox treatment is HEAD, as suggested by the SHRUNKEN HEADS in the middle of the grid. The rebus squares are placed in perfect symmetry (which always makes the cruciverbal esthetes happy) in these intersecting answers:
Miscellaneous stuff, good and less good:
Man, what a day. Sick kid, sick husband, up all night, working all day. Let me take a couple minutes for crosswords, eh?
Mark Feldman's Sun crossword, a "Themeless Thursday," wasn't too hard. My finishing time includes mental drifting and text-messaging my hairstylist, so... Great long answers—NEW LEASE ON LIFE and a COME-HITHER LOOK are good IDIOMS, aren't they? QUETZAL scratches the rare-letter itch. Solution omitted because (a) I'm beat and (b) if you've done this puzzle, you have access to the answers the same day.
Donna Levin's LA Times crossword is terrific. The theme entries are TV show titles with numbers in 'em, but the number's been docked by 1: FIVE FEET UNDER is cost-saving, SEVEN IS ENOUGH makes use of contraception, ONE AND A HALF MEN lacks Charlie Sheen, and TWENTY-NINE ROCK is less prestigious than 30 Rock. Ideally, all the shows would spell out the numbers, but I think only three of the four do.
January 21, 2009