Saturday, November 3, 2007
Relative difficulty: Medium
Sorry, no write-up today til around noon.
I will say that VIRAL VIDEO and EURO DISNEY are fantastic. Ditto STREET CRED. Impressive.
See you in a few hours.
In the meantime, you could amuse yourself by checking out what my high school classmates looked like then (and look like now). Well ... I thought it was amusing, anyway. Thanks to my sister for sending me the Class of '87 Reunion link. Quite an eye-opener this morning.
I'm back, and on the timer - and listening to occasional crossword denizen RENEE Fleming, if you must know. Never liked opera much, but love her for some reason. I think it's because I heard her interviewed about opera recently, and she was so smart and lucid and charming that I decided to will myself to like her. Working so far.
Good things about today's puzzle:
- 24A: Co-creator of Hulk and Thor (Stan Lee)
- 38A: Fictional Pulitzer-winning journalist in a 2006 film (Lois Lane)
- 52A: Colleague of 38-Across (Kent)
Beautiful pairing, those last two - their comics origin completely disguised. Somebody requested art from a Stan Lee comic, so ... here it is (art by Jack Kirby):
- 7D: _____ Lopez de Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Inigo)
- 23A: "Rhapsodie norvegienne" composer (Lalo)
- 10D: Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bryan (Trottier)
- 25D: Casbah fugitive of French film (Pepe le Moko) - holy crap, where the hell did this answer come to me from? I have absolutely no idea who this is, or what "film" is involved - I just have a hazy recollection of the name ... no context. Weird. Briefly considered PEPE LE PEW... but couldn't figure out how to spell PEW such that it would fit.
- 5D: "View From the Summit" memoirist (Hillary) - first name that came to me. Sometimes it helps, being married to a Kiwi.
- 19A: Suffix with polymer (-ase) - "polymerASE?"
- 41A: Aquatinting acid (etchant) - oh this hurt; the last square I filled in was, I think, the "A" in this word. It intersects another scientastic (TM) word ...
- 36D: Garden no-no, now (alar) - this has been banned since the late 80s. Weird word. Also means "winged."
- 39D: Daisy variety (shasta) - botany's a science...
Assorted Fabulous Compound Phrases!
- 1A: Sleuthing aid (flashlight) - After getting GEDS and HEE straight off, I wrote in FLASHLIGHT, and that opened up the NW very nicely. This word reminds me of Encyclopedia Brown.
- 17A: YouTube phenomenon (viral video) - here's the king of them all, in case you are wondering what our world is coming to ....
- 14D: Homey's acceptance (street cred) - love the answer, hate the clue. Not all "homeys" live on the "street" or care about STREET CRED. Further, there are people who would never use the word "homey" who care an awful lot about STREET CRED. This clue may as well read [What some black guys seem to care an awful lot about, at least from what I can tell by watching TV. Being an upper-class white person, I wouldn't really know]
- 53A: Place for trophies at an awards luncheon (prize table) - should hate it, but I don't. I love it. It's perfect. I don't think of this phrase as being very in-the-language, and yet the clue helped me visualize it almost instantly.
- 27D: Alternative to a rip cord (static line) - outside my vocabulary, but a cool phrase nonetheless
- 49A: Much-anticipated Paris debut of 1992 (EuroDisney) - "Much-anticipated" by whom!?
- 26D: Noted diary words ("And so to bed") - never read the Diary of Samuel Pepys, but I know people who have ...
Mystery or Groaner!?
- 15A: Hammer wielder (auctioneer) - groaner. Wanted so badly for answer to be THOR!
- 30A: Relative of homespun (tweed) - mystery
- 31A: Century-ending Middle Ages year (MCC) - groaner. The ultimate "I give up" clue.
- 36A: Fail to be (aren't) - groaner extraordinaire.
- 44A: One might be kidding (goat) - mystery - in that I didn't know that was the word for birthing a goat
- 45A: U.S.C.G. rank (CPO) - mystery; military ranks are always guesses for me
- 30D: _____ Canal (connector of lakes Ontario and Huron) (Trent) - mystery
- 33D: It intersects the nave (transept) - mystery ... until I got a few letters; then I remembered this word from ... somewhere.
- 37D: One of six pieces by Bach (partita) - neither mystery nor groaner; I just like this word.
- 47D: Legal hearing (oyer) - grOAner
- 50D: Sch. in Kingston (URI) - mysteriously groaning; it's University of Rhode Island. I guess Kingston is supposed to make me think Jamaica?
See you tomorrow,
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld