Thursday, April 5, 2007
Hi, my name is Robert Loy, aka Norrin2. I have a blog called Green Genius, where I talk about crossword puzzles, comic books, country music, raising children without going crazy and even some things that don’t start with the letter C.
My goal here at RPDTNYTCP is basically to not embarrass myself. Rex has some pretty big shoes to fill (EEE in crosswordese) and if I can be even half as entertaining and informative today and tomorrow as Rex is on a daily basis I’ll be proud.
Now let’s get to the grid stuff:
First of all, I should probably apologize for the picture quality. I do crosswords on paper, so that’s why the handwriting in the grid is less than perfect (and you can see down there off the coast of Florida where I wasted some time trying to see if I could get MOONUNIT and PUNITIVE to work rather than putting them in the grid.)
I finished this puzzle in right at 20 minutes, which is my second fastest Friday time ever and infinitely better than last Friday’s time, which was. . . well . . . infinite, I guess, I never did finish it.
This puzzle seemed easy for a Friday. Maybe I was just pumped about being Rex for a day, and maybe it was just luck that I was once in a production of "Oklahoma" and so got 1D "People Will Say We're in Love" Musical right off the bat. I always like to get one of the 1's. (My doctor says he does crossword puzzles, but if he can't get One Across or One Down he quits, which makes me wonder how he got through med school; he seems to lack stick-to-itiveness.)
Even though it wasn't a great puzzle, it still had examples of all the classic crossword clues, for example, the word I've seen a million times, but can never remember what it means: 37D:Quotidianly (ONCEADAY), the one that looks so much like something it's not I can't imagine what it is even though it should be obvious: 9D: The 4 in 4/6, e.g. (MONTH) (I know, I know, it's even today's date, but it looked like musical notation to me at first and even though I'm not a musician and I'm not even sure if there's such a thing as 4-6 time I couldn't think of anything else), the one that I knew but didn't know I knew until it was all filled in: 21A: Russian peace (MIR), and the "I-didn't-know-that-or-that-either" clue: 27D: Turkish bread (LIRAS) I thought all those great European monies were gone, replaced by the Euro, and I thought Lira was just Italian. It even had a couple of examples of the newest clue category -- the mildly racy, well racy for the NY Times: 24D: They cover the bottom (PANTS) and 44A: Parts of 24-down (FLIES)
My one quibble with this puzzle is the presence of CIVILIZE and CIVICS. There ought to be a rule against two words with the same root taking up that much real estate. But I'm a positive person and here are some things I liked: 41A: Molly of classic radio (MCGEE) among my many interests -- old-time radio, and" Fibber McGee and Molly" is second only to "The Jack Benny Show" in my book, 58A: Order of Roses (ONE DOZEN) just because "order" made me think of some way to organize (rather than buy) roses, 34A: Reeling Feeling (VERTIGO) What can I say? I appreciate rhyming clues.
I also appreciate Mister Nediger alluding to me in 30A: Sub (SITIN). I'll be sitting in for Rex again tomorrow, and I hope to see you all then.