Sunday, April 8, 2007
[REX PARKER is (was) on vacation this week - today's guest blogger: COLMAN DeKAY]
Sunday, Apr. 8. 2007 - Byron Walden
Something went skippy in my technical attempt to say hi, so I'll try again.
Hey, my name is Colman. I'm an LA screenwriter, which means I'm obsessed with words and blessed with intermittent free time to do stuff like solve the world's most brilliant crossword puzzle.
Like many of you, I stumbled onto this site on a Saturday morning, trying to find the name of a small river in Mozambique.
And I felt that something cool was going on.
Smart guy, great spirit, fun place to land when you're in trouble over coffee.
Anyway, here's what I've got on today's puzzle:
Theme: The cited clues are anagrams of each other (fangbite = beingfat), which, in turn, are anagrams of the big clues ("undercoverFBIAGENT")
9A: Solitaire measure -- "Carat". How smart is that? Diamonds came into my head long after playing cards left.
29A: How Peter denied Jesus -- "Thrice". The only biblical reference in the whole puzzle. On Easter, I'd have thought there'd be more.
58A: Diana on the cover of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" -- I first thought Ross, but then remembered it was 1967 England, so Dors made sense. Anyway, you be the judge of who you'd rather see in that crowd.
11D: Reverse mantra of "The Shining" -- Redrum. One of the only gimmies this weekend, aside from 89A ("NNW's reverse" - come on!)
34D: "A Different World" actress -- Jasmine Guy. Such a crush I had on her. That's all.
All around, this was a pretty good Sunday morning ritual -- not too head-cracking, but not insultingly easy either.