CS untimed (J)
Have you been fretting about the trend of puzzles disappearing from various publications? Lewis Grossberger is on the case and suspects an international conspiracy. His blog post made me laugh...and get nervous. (Thanks to Deb Amlen for the link.)
Tony Orbach's New York Times crossword
This delightful crossword from Tony features five sweet comestibles whose names begin with a fruit, and of course he saved the best (ORANGE! CRUSH) for last:
Among the best parts of the fill are more food items. The BROWN COW is a [Root beer float with chocolate ice cream]; with vanilla, it's a black cow. T-BONE STEAKS are [Ribeye alternatives]. Fig Newtons are evoked by ISAAC NEWTON, the [Scientist who experienced a great fall?]. PONIES UP ([Pays what's due]) appears opposite BROWN COW but...that's not edible in the American diet.
Other tasty inedible answers: KOWTOW is [Show deep respect (to)]. The [Robert Ludlum hero searching for his identity] is Jason BOURNE. Work done IN HOUSE is [Not farmed out]. SEA SALT's a [Natural seasoning]. Daedalus's son ICARUS, well, [He flew too close to the sun, in myth]. "MY WORD!" means ["Dear me!"]. Favorite clue: [Things with cups and hooks] sounded mechanical or golf-ish, but it's a BRA.
Updated Tuesday morning:
Patrick Jordan's CrosSynergy/Washington Post puzzle, "Class Act"—Janie's review
This was one of those puzzles whose theme did not become clear to me until I'd finished solving altogether. It's not the flashiest, but it's solid and allows for the inclusion of some fine fill—both themed and un-. Each of the theme phrases begins with a word that is synonymous with the word "class"—as in "ilk." Go to the head of the class—as in "school room"—if you filled in:
Other clues and/or fill I particularly liked or that caught my attention include:
With a "Class Act" comprised of type, sort, kind and variety, the bonus fill would have to be ROGET, the [Surname that synonymous with synonyms]. OHO!
Gail Grabowski's Los Angeles Times crossword
The theme is BABY stuff, and SIT TIGHT, or [Take no action], points to babysit. Which is what I'm doing right now—my son's best friend is here for the day. So in lieu of blogging about this puzzle, I'll point you towards PuzzleGirl's L.A. Crossword Confidential post, which touches on the bowling-related baby split, which is not a phrase I'd ever encountered before. Wait, one thing: I like the ]Must-miss movie rating] NO STARS. I love Anthony Lane's savage movie reviews in the New Yorker, but he doesn't give star ratings. Roger Ebert does, and his reviews of dreadful movies are also entertaining. Ebert's 0- to 1.5-star reviews of recent movies are gathered at the Your Movie Sucks© files. Excerpt from his trashing of this summer's Transformers movie: "If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together."
Updated Tuesday afternoon:
Matt Jones's Jonesin' crossword, "From A to B"
Matt's theme this week involves changing one A in each of four phrases into a B:
Gotta get some work done now before my son's sleepover begins—ciao!
August 17, 2009