Time - 10:53
Hello, everyone. This is Jeffrey Krasnick, Canada's only crossword blogger, back with the first post on Matt Gaffney's Sunday-sized "Daily Beast" crosswords. You can find the puzzle here.
This week's puzzle is called "Columbus' Circle" and is theme to coincide with Monday's holiday: Thanksgiving, or as Americans call it, Columbus Day. The theme answers all include names of famous explorers.
23A - SHORT ORDER COOK. Martin Short is a famous Canadian explorer. No wait, it is Captain James Cook. Here in Victoria, he gets a statue and we have a Cook Street named after him.
39A - CLARK GABLE. William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame. Not to be confused with Martin and Lewis.
51A - MAGELLAN FUND - Ferdinand Magellan, first man to sail around the world. Went well, except for the part of the trip where he was killed.
65A - DRAKE'S CAKES - Francis Drake, second most famous male duck, after Donald.
85A - RALEIGH BIKES - Sir Walter Raleigh. If your parents name you Sir, good things will happen to you.
91A - POLO SHIRTS - Marco Polo, who explored on horseback while whacking a wooden ball.
112A - LANCE ARMSTRONG - Lance Bass, discover of JC Chasez. Or perhaps, astronaut Neil Armstrong.
26A - [Atlanta housewife Leakes] is NENE. Huh? NeNe Leakes is a star of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Matt - Nene is a Hawaiian goose.
56A - [Elton John rewrote a song for her] - LADY DIANA. Shouldn't that be Bernie Taupin, lyricist, rewrote a song for her? And wasn't she Princess Diana at that time?
61A - [Norah's dad] is RAVI Shankar. Norah Jones is great.
75A - "Hace _____" ("It's hot" in Spanish)]/75D - [Scots toss them]: CALOR/CABERS. Error alert. That "C " could have been any consonant to me.
109A - ABED/ 118A - AWAKEN. Nice.
16D - [Village People classic] - YMCA
33D - [Cough drop name] - HALLS. I was sucking on a Halls Centres (cherry) as I solved this, with the bag right below the screen. This is the type of planning you must do (88D) PREPLAY to be a speed solver.
52D - [Bails on plans] - FLAKES. Never heard of this meaning. Maybe NeNe knows it.
63D - [Defiled, as someone's face] - SPAT IN. Ewww! Matt! Not while we eat our corn FLAKES.
96D - [2007 Michael Moore movie] - SICKO. Canadian health care: Leave your credit card at home.
99D - [Creepy deck] - TAROT. Subtle hint to Hell Month at Matt's contest site. Check it out.
114D - [Open ___ night] - MIC. I put ALL. So did you. Admit it.
October 10, 2009
Time - 10:53