Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Title: Themeless Thursday

Author: Mark Feldman
Theme: N/A

Yesterday was my birthday, but this puzzle seemed about as easy as most of the Thursdays have been lately. So I guess I haven't totally lost my crosswording skills at the ripe old age of 51.

Sunny Spot:
36d: King's title (REVEREND). A MLK reference certainly seems appropriate this week.

50a: Fresh start (NEWLEASEONLIFE). This seems particularly appropriate this week as well.

  • 23a: Seductive glance (COMEHITHERLOOK). A sexy look with a sexy name. I mean doesn't "come hither" sound much more erotic than "come here"?

  • Sundries:
  • 1a: Wrap around a fatty Japanese roll? (OBI). Why does it have to be "fatty"? Can't a skinny geisha wear an obi?
  • 4a: Princess in "The Tale of Despereaux" (PEA). Didn't see (or read?) the story in question. Is there actually a princess named Pea, not just tossing and turning trying to get to sleep on one.
  • 7a: Decorative works (MOSAICS).
  • 14a: Show that can be downloaded to an MP3 player (PODCAST). Best crossword podcast that I have found: Ryan and Brian Do Crosswords.
  • 16a: Chaos (ANARCHY). Not necessarily. Anarchy is the absence of government or law. It doesn't necessarily follow that we will descend into chaos. We might just learn to get along.

  • 17a: Italian province (TRIESTE).

    18a: Water holder (CANTEEN).
  • 19a: Polo rival (IZOD).
  • 20a: Honeydew source (APHID). Wait a minute. You mean aphids make those melons?
  • 22a: XX x XXXV (DCC). As Roman multiplication goes, this equation is pretty easy.
  • 27a: Family nickname (SIS).

  • 28a: Ocean menace, once (UBOAT).

  • 29a: "Sorrows" poet (OVID). Perhaps he wouldn't be so sorrowful if he knew he was still relevant today. Bob Dylan borrowed some lines from Ovid's Poems of Exile on his album Modern Times.
  • 31a: Meager (LENTEN).

  • 33a: Paradoxical figure? (ZENO).


  • 38a: Spring (EMERGE).

  • 40a: Mad River ___ (Vermont ski area) (GLEN).


  • 41a: 16th- and 17th-century entertainment in England (MASQUE).
  • 45a: Go crazy (RAVE). Or a 20th and 21st century entertainment in England.
  • 46a: "Seabiscuit" author Hillenbrand (LAURA).
  • 47a: Unit used in measuring wire diameters (MIL).
  • 54a: Mess up (ERR).
  • 55a: "12 Angry Men" director (LUMET).
  • 56a: Son of Seth (ENOS).
  • 57a: Meat from a crossbreed (BEEFALO).
  • 59a: Homemade pistols (ZIPGUNS).
  • 62a: Given a new title (RENAMED).
  • 63a: John, e.g. (APOSTLE).
  • 64a: "Most likely ..." (ODDSARE).
  • 65a: Fortune (LOT).
  • 66a: View finder? (EYE).
  • 1d: Light study (OPTICS).

  • 2d: Russian wolfhound (BORZOI).





  • 3d: Translator's challenges (IDIOMS).

  • 4d: Certain step (PAS).

  • 5d: Werner Erhard program (EST). This was huge in the 70's. Everybody was into EST. Valerie Harper and John Denver were prominent participants.

  • 6d: Gorged oneself (ATEATON).

  • 7d: Jungle slasher (MACHETE).

  • 8d: Televising (ONAIR).

  • 9d: Financial inst. (SANDL).

  • 10d: Skill (ART).

  • 11d: Froze up (ICEDOVER).

  • 12d: Depositor's account choice (CHECKING).

  • 13d: Put in phase (SYNC).

  • 15d: Yield (CEDE).

  • 21d: Baby ___ (urban fashion line) (PHAT).

  • 24d: Clumsy ship (HULK).

  • 25d: Rooftop bar? (IBEAM).

  • 26d: Sludge (OOZE).

  • 30d: Kid nurser (DOE).

  • 32d: Logical beginning? (NEURO).

  • 34d: Bus. driver? (MGR).

  • 35d: Voicer of Fred Flintstone (ALANREED).


  • 37d: Understood (KNEW).

  • 39d: Statistics class calculation (MEAN).

  • 42d: Fashionable (ALAMODE). Hmmm, I thought it meant "with ice cream."

  • 43d: Invitation encl. (SASE).

  • 47d: Up-to-the-___ (MINUTE).

  • 48d: "I wish!" (IFONLY).

  • 49d: Apartment dweller, often (LESSEE).

  • 51d: Alpaca's mate, sometimes (LLAMA).

  • 53d: Pins, so to speak (LEGS). The only instance I can think of where legs are termed "pins" is in the somewhat old-fashioned expression "wobbly on ones pins."

  • 54d: Battle of the ___ (Spanish Civil War event) (EBRO).

  • 58d: Sol-___ (does some practice singing) (FAS).

  • 60d: NASDAQ debut (IPO).

  • 61d: Joint stuff (POT).

  • Suns of Bitches:
    34a: Former Finnish currency (MARKKA). I sure miss the franc and the lira, the last foreign currencies I knew anything about.

    44d: Guatemala's national bird and currency unit (QUETZAL). Never heard of them. They're pretty colorful though:

  • 52d: Goldbach contemporary (EULER). Never heard of either of them. Evidently they're mathemeticians.

  • Have a nice Thursday, Norrin.


    3 comments:

    MM said...

    The mathematicians are cringing now!

    Goldbach is known for his "entirely certain theorem" (Euler's words) that every even integer greater than 2 can be written as the sum of two primes. 300+ years later this is still unproven!

    Jim Finder said...

    Can anyone give an example of how "lenten" is used to mean "meager"? Only during Lent? Is it used even in a general context, like "he ate a lenten supper" in October? Don't know much about Lent 'n' such. Thanks.

    Joon said...

    i've heard it most often used do modify "fare," as in "that soup was rather LENTEN fare." it can mean relating to lent, but it can also mean appropriate to lent, even in a metaphorical sense.