Thursday, March 29, 2007
Thursday Morning - so it's time for another speed recap, or as I like to call it...
- 36A: Big city mayor-turned-U.S. Senator (Dianne Feinstein)
- 15D: "Gorillas in the Mist" researcher (Dian Fossey)
- 20D: "My Dog Skip" (Diane Lane)
- 22D: Walter Matthau's love interest in "Out to Sea" (Dyan Cannon)
Today's theme: People in the Puzzle
- 1A: Game with an annual world championship, first held in Tokyo in 1977 (Othello) - OK, so this isn't clued as a "person," but I'm including it anyway. Honestly, I haven't laid eyes on an Othello game since I was about 10 (shortly after the first world championship, apparently). Maybe C zar will write about this entry in his Shakespeare & the NYT crossword blog today...
- 13A: Errol Flynn portrayer in "The Aviator" (Jude Law) - I saw this movie, liked this movie, and do not remember Jude Law's being in this movie.
- 16A: Mouseketeers name (Annette) - Gimme, though I waited for some crosses just to be sure. Merl Reagle was making various off-hand references to ANNETTE's full name during his color commentary on the B and A finals at this past weekend's Tournament. Something about having fun with a cello.
- 17A: "The Good Girl" star, 2002 (Aniston) - Super Gimme, though I've never seen the movie. This was the first answer I filled in. ANISTON was also in Office Space, which you should see, if not memorize.
- 19A: Emperor nicknamed "Little Greek" (Hadrian) - ONASSIS fit, but was wrong.
- 34A: Great-grandson of Marc Antony (Nero) - More Klassical History...
- 35A: Trombonist Winding (Kai) - Parents were high or hated him from the moment of his birth. I guess he's lucky he got into tromboning, because with that name, you could have an entirely different, far less respectable sort of performing career.
- 41A: Harry _____, Gene Hackman role in "The Conversation" (Caul) - Hot! One of the best movies of the 70's. Very prescient. All about the culture of surveillance. Set in S.F.
- 60A: "God bless us every one!" speaker (Tiny Tim) - ["Tiptoe ... through the tulips!" singer] or [Ukelelist of note] would have worked better for me
- 1D: Norwegian king of A.D. 1000 (Olaf I) - Only question you ever need to ask yourself with Norwegian king clues: OLAF or OLAV?
- 10D: Andy Warhol subject (Mao) - ANISTON gave me the "O" which made the answer here "O"bvious. Other Warhol subjects of not include Marilyn and Soup Can, neither of which fit.
- 28D: _____ Tin Tin (Rin) - "Rin Tin Tin was a movie star. I just have a slide show" - Al Gore
- 30D: Contemporary of Gehry and Meier (Pei) - He and EERO are really dueling hard for the "Most Ubiquitous [does ubiquity admit to degrees of relativity?] Architect in Puzzleland" Award.
- 50D: "Fear Street" series author (Stine) - As in "R. L. STINE." The "Goosebumps" guy apparently writes for older kids as well. I had no idea. Maybe because my kid is not an older kid.
- 61D: Photographer Goldin (Nan) - There is also a NAN Talese. That is all I know about NANs. Whoa! Her photos can get ... racy. Avert your eyes if you are ... sensitive.
Speaking of entries ... my two favorite entries of the day are:
EAT DIRT (37D: Be humbled)
PIG / IN A POKE (57D: With 63-Across, unseen purchase)
The word ONE repeats in the grid, albeit once in singular and once in plural form.
ONE ALL (7D: Common soccer score)
TEN ONES (65A: Change for a sawbuck)
Lastly, I had "Prince Valiant" on the brain (it happens) and so had ARN (Valiant's son) for AWN (11D: Bristle). And I'm not familiar with the use of HYPO to mean 56D: Injection. To me, the HYPO is the whole injecting apparatus, not the name of the act it performs. If you follow. On that trifle, I bid you good day.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld