Tausig (not timed)
If you entered your NYT solving time in the first half hour after the puzzle was released, I'm sorry I zapped your data. I didn't get a chance to reset Dave's standings gizmo on time.
Sterling Publishing, for my money the best crossword book publisher in the industry, is now releasing its puzzle books under its new imprint, Puzzlewright Press. They've also got a Twitter feed, and they're dispensing free puzzles via both. Yesterday's offering was a Stanley Newman crossword' today's is a hard Frank Longo sudoku (both from new Puzzlewright titles). Check 'em out.
Also, here's video of Wednesday's Jeopardy! episode, featuring the Thursday NYT puzzle's theme. Five of the theme clues are given in video clues with Will Shortz—and the contestants had the good taste to head straight for that category.
Brendan Emmett Quigley's New York Times crossword, as seen (partly) on TV
First I solved the crossword, then I watched the DVRed Jeopardy! show—or at least the beginning of it. I didn't quite get why the theme entries started with G and ended with X—is that all there is? Then Will Shortz explained it on the TV: the progression is from rated G to rated X, as in movie ratings. I don't think the puzzle made that evident, though, especially with XXX clued as [Turkey, to a bowler] rather than the XXX movie rating. Here's the theme:
Okay, this always happens on Wednesday night—my husband starts watching Lost on the DVR and it distracts me terribly from the blogging. (Time travel! Philosophical conundrums! Soap opera entanglements!) Let me try to focus enough to present a good assortment of clues and answers:
Dan Naddor's L.A. Times crossword
The theme in Naddor's latest puzzle lives in the clues to five answers. Those clues are pronounced similarly, but not the same—if you're this Midwesterner or the dictionary she checked. I am willing to posit that there are places where "Polly" and "Pauly" are pronounced the same, however. Here are the theme clues and their answers:
The top and bottom two theme entries are stacked together, and there's other long fill sandwiching the theme answers. Two corners of the grid feature chunks of 6- and 8-letter answers. These swaths of longer fill mean the overall word count is dropped to 72. That's some good constructin' there.
What else is in this crossword? Let's have a look:
Head over to L.A. Crossword Confidential in the morning for PuzzleGirl's entertaining take on the puzzle.
Updated Thursday morning:
Randall Hartman's CrosSynergy crossword, "Trades of All Jacks"
This theme inverts the phrase jack of all trades and provides a famous Jack's last name in the clues. The theme answers give the Jacks' trades:
There are a lot of other famous Jacks who could've been included. Kennedy was a noted politician (15!). Black is often a lowbrow comedian (15!). Okay, so those aren't really "trades" per se.
Does anyone outside of crosswords call a [Sofa] a DIVAN? Is it a regional thing? The crossword gets a little mouthy today, demanding that we "CUT IT OUT!" (["Quit!"]) and snapping "WHO CARES?" (["I don't give a rip!"]). [Mammy Yokum's boy] is LIL ABNER. The fill includes some Biblical names that are clued (yay!) in non-Biblical fashion—there's baseball Hall-of-Famer ENOS [Slaughter in Cooperstown] and actor SETH [Green of the "Austin Powers" movies]. The latter also played Oz the teenaged werewolf on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Ben Tausig's Ink Well/Chicago Reader crossword, "Role Call"
The theme this week's puzzle is straight-up movie trivia:
Clues and answers I liked:
April 01, 2009
Tausig (not timed)