Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: "Mind your P's and Q's" (60A: "Behave!" ... and a hint to this puzzle's theme) - three theme answers are two-word phrases where first word starts with "P" and second word with "Q"
Not a lot to say about this one. If I'd known the theme upfront, I would have saved myself some miscues, like PERSONALITY TEST instead of QUIZ at 17A: Cosmopolitan staple. Also hesitated at ___ QUARTERBACK at 26A: N.F.L. star (pro quarterback). PATCHWORK QUILT was a little easier than the others (47A: Colorful bed cover). I had all those theme answers without having any clue as to the theme (wasn't thinking about it much - typical of early-week puzzles). Wrote MIND ONE'S P'S AND Q'S at first, which would have been the right answer if the clue had not been written in quotation marks, i.e. "Behave!," implying a command and thus the second person YOUR (not ONE'S).
Annoyed this morning because I tried to tape the one-game tiebreaker playoff game last night between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, but the TiFaux (my DVR) was set to record for only three and a half hours, and the game went to thirteen (!) innings (4:40) and so the exciting ending got cut off. Happy the Rockies won, if only because I tend to root for the underdog, but I cannot continue to root for a team that wears those stupid-looking muscle-shirt jerseys. Horrible. Terrible. Get a real jersey, you jackasses. One other baseball fashion rule of mine: I cannot root for a team that has teal as one of its major colors. Purple is also not good. I nearly rooted for the Yankees in 2001 and 2003 just because their World Series opponents' uniforms were so @#$#-ing unbearable. The following uniform is a perfect storm of awfulness:
Back to crosswords. Hmmm. SAM I AM is of course great (1A: "Do you like green eggs and ham?" speaker). Much better than the Sean Penn movie I AM SAM. The only other answer that gave me much pleasure today was WENT SOLO (14A: Broke from the band, maybe), which pheels like a phresh phrase. Arcanity was kept to a minimum today. Falling under that category are the double-E forces of SPEE (24A: W.W. I German admiral) and AGEE (2D: Author James), the third-string Greek peak MT. IDA (53A: Highest peak of Crete), and the stabby-looking ORYX (56D: Straight-horned African animal). Had serious trouble only in the dead center of the puzzle, where I did not know 25D: Bull Moose party: Abbr. (prog.), and assumed it ended in "S," which gave me ---KAS- for 37A: Period of human benightedness (dark age); that answer took me longer to uncover than any other. It's a weird clue; I can't imagine what's being referred to. I need an example of a dark age (as opposed to The Dark Ages). I guess it's just being used as a general term, but the "human" part is freaking me out - feels redundant. Maybe I just don't like the word "benightedness." Yes, that must be it.
Had AT. NO. for AT. WT. at 35D: 1, for hydrogen: Abbr. and LOGE for ROWS for 39D: Theater seating. Took me many crosses to uncover 45A: Relative of a mole (shrew).
I'm off to try to cultivate my TYPE-B (15D: Easygoing) side. Wish it weren't so much work.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld