Wednesday, June 6, 2007
- 20A: Stealing some computer memory? (taking a byte)
- 54A: Always use the term "coloring agent?" (never say "dye") - best of today's theme answers by Far
- 11D: Ways to make lefts and rights? (turn styles)
- 29D: Assorted hydroxides? (a pack of lyes)
Not a lot to say today. The theme is fairly unremarkable, and the non-theme fill is, for the most part, ordinary. There are some interesting answer groupings, though, so I guess I will make those the primary subject of today's...
15A: Corrida creature (toro)
19A: Like unfortunate bullfighters (gored)
For a sport that doesn't exist in this country, bullfighting gets a ton of crossword action. I like that in today's puzzle, the bull gets some revenge. Speaking of revenge...
21D: "Revenge of the _____" ("Nerds")
50A: Sig Chi, e.g. (frat)
"Revenge of the NERDS" was a staple of my high-school movie-viewing experience. I think it played every day on HBO for my entire adolescence. Anyway, in the movie, after being rejected and picked on by football types, the "NERDS" start their own FRAT, Lambda Lambda Lambda, or the Tri-Lams, and then they enter the Greek Games (or some such inter-FRAT competition) and, using their collective geniuses, manage to win it all. Hence, "Revenge." I think one of the "NERDS" (possibly Anthony Edwards) also gets a pretty sorority girl in the end. It's a very dumb but strangely enjoyable movie.
4D: Come through (deliver)
38A: Narrow pieces (slivers)
30D: Don or Lena (river)
These, uh, rhyme, with RIVER and SLIVERS intersecting right at the center of the puzzle. The Don and the Lena are both in Russia, FYI.
46D: Saying grace (praying)
4D: Come through (deliver)
44A: Word of agreement ("Amen")
Nice little prayer theme going here. I threw DELIVER in here because of the phrase "... DELIVER us from evil," from the Lord's Prayer.
10D: Chinese cosmic order (Tao)
41A: Kung fu star (Lee)
LEE's fighting philosophy was heavily influenced by TAOism and Buddhism. Many pictures of him feature him in front of the TAOist yin/yang symbol. After his death, some of LEE's notes on fighting were reworked and published as a book called TAO of Jeet Kune Do.
Some unusual words:
- 16A: Pleasant Island, today (Nauru) - never heard of it
- 32D: Cordwood measure (stere) - a half-guess; I've seen it before but could not have defined it for you
- 18A: Broadway's _____ Jay Lerner (Alan) - a gimme for some, perhaps, but for me ... no. Got it from crosses.
- 61D: Faline's mother, in "Bambi" (Ena) - never seen the movie and don't care to. Again, got it from crosses.
- 57D: Sledge (dray) - good word. I think of a DRAY as a wagon or cart - is that what "sledge" means here? Probably.
That's all for today. See you tomorrow.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld