Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Title: Dressing Up in England
Author: Mark Feldman
Theme: Clothes named for a British town or city.

  • 17a: Part of an English outfit (ETON JACKET).

  • 25a: Part of an English outfit (RUGBY SHIRT).

  • 37a: Part of an English outfit (NORFOLK COAT).

  • 52a: Part of an English outfit (OXFORD SHOE).

  • 61a: Part of an English outfit (WINDSOR TIE).

Straightforward Monday theme. Not much to say there.

Sunny Spots:
  • 20a: Take as one's own (COOPT). I love the word coopt. It's right up there with abscond.

  • 26d: Hungarian stew (GOULASH). A tasty word, in more ways than one.

  • 40d: Black gold (TEXAS TEA). I've seen "The Beverly Hillbillies".

  • 50d: With 43-Down, a potentially dangerous situation (POWDER / KEG). Very nice, even though it necessitates losing a beer clue for KEG.


  • 1a: Was an art school model (POSED). Here's a great pastel drawing of a model by Sharon Sieben. Click it to go to a site where it and many other originals and prints can be purchased.

  • 23a: Shout that might follow "Look what the cat dragged in" (EEK). Do people really say "Eek!" when they see a mouse? And if so, why? As mammals go, they're pretty unintimidating. Now if a bear got in your house, that's a different story...

  • 28a: Didn't use, as a news story (SAT ON). Good clue for what could have been a boring fill.

  • 32a: ESPN anchor Mayne (KENNY).

  • 33a: Minimum number required to transact business legally (QUORUM).

  • 42a: "Aha!" (EUREKA).

  • 57a: Logophile's love (WORDS).

  • 60a: Specimen container (VIAL). Eww.

  • 66a: Lake by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (ERIE). Hint: Use the ERIE rule here.

  • 69a: Baseball team that changed its name during the McCarthy era (REDS). You don't have to know much about baseball to figure this one out.

  • 70a: Four trimesters (YEAR). A trimester is three months.

  • 3d: Recordholder for assists in the NBA (John STOCKTON). A good portion of those were doled out to Karl "The Mailman" Malone.

  • 5d: Martial arts studio (DOJO). I've seen "Karate Kid".

  • 10d: Witheringly denounce (SCATHE).

  • 11d: Like some robberies (PUSH-IN). I didn't know this one off-the-top either, but I live in a small town in New Hampshire.

  • 27d: Use defamation to block the confirmation of, as a Supreme Court nominee (BORK). A verb coined from the man blocked in such a manner.

  • 30d: Their babies are not yet weaned (NURSERS).

  • 45d: Shutter slat (LOUVER).

  • 48d: Semisheer fabrics (VOILES).

  • 53d: "___ Defeats Truman" (11/3/48 Chicago Daily Tribune headline) (DEWEY). Possibly the most famous headline of all time.

  • 58d: Water or Bowl preceder (ROSE). Perfume and football. What a great combination.

Suns of Bitches:
  • 31a: ___ Canals (SOO). I didn't know this one readily, but it's up on Lake Superior. That it crossed BORK was nasty for a early week puzzle.

  • 67a: Sculptor Nadelman (ELIE).

There was a lot of crosswordese here, which is unusual for a Monday. ERNO, URIS, ELIE, ERIE, IDI, ILE, ARA, ORO, EOS, EAU, NIA, plus super fill like ORES, EEL, ICE, and ADO. There was also some excellent fill, and it was just a Z short of being a pangram, but the overreliance on the above words was noticeable during the solve, which is too bad. All in all, an okay puzzle.

Thanks for listening.

- Pete M.

1 comment:

Joon said...

the R&RHOF is in cleveland, which i think is a pretty well-known fact. usually the ERIE rule isn't really needed until later in the week when they start giving you clues like gannon university or mercyhurst college.

QUORUM is one of my favorite words.