Thursday, December 13, 2007
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: "End of some addresses" (clue for all three 15-letter theme answers)
Hey look everybody, "It's PLAT." He's back, in clue form.
15A: Plat book unit (acre)
I enjoyed this puzzle, but I have issues with the phrasing on the first two theme entries. I know that some people leave the CODE part of ZIP CODE off and just say ZIP, but the phrase CITY, STATE, AND ZIP (20A: End of some addresses) feels incomplete and odd to me without the CODE on the end. Further, "E-MAIL DOMAIN NAME" (67K Google hits) would not come to me Even After I had DOMAIN NAME, because the phrase is "INTERNET DOMAIN NAME" (1.7 million Google hits). GOD BLESS AMERICA was good, and I like that it gives the word "address" a completely different spin.
Biggest problem with this puzzle (and I can't be the only one who did this):
- 48D: Riveted (agaze)
- 64A: Fire (zeal)
I had AGAPE and PEAL, and, frankly, after some dictionary work, I'm convinced that I am right. I'm certainly right about AGAPE, which beats AGAZE silly. And I have found enough instances of "peal of gunfire" to believe that I had no reasonable reason for doubting my answer. I need to know if anyone else made this mistake, because if no one did, then I'll just grumble quietly in the corner over here.
- 14A: Detail in a Georgia O'Keefe painting (petal) - mom had her pictures all over the house ... or at least one of them featured very prominently, perhaps over the fireplace. So I'm familiar with O'Keefe's work. Mom gets a lot of credit for any appreciation of art that I have (and I have a lot). I wish I could show you the "art" that she brought me on her recent trip out here. But ... I really can't. This is a family blog. Some other time, maybe.
- 25A: "Getting to _____" (best seller about negotiating) ("Yes") - don't know why I know it - I just do!
- 8D: The Dolphins retired his #12 (Griese) - maybe if the Dolphins just close their eyes and wish real hard, it'll be 1972 again and they won't be the worst team in NFL history any more. They should give it a shot. Nothing else seems to be working.
- 26A: Zogby poll partner (UPI) - this little answer wants into the Pantheon. We'll see, little answer, we'll see. I thought Zogby worked with USA Today.
- 47A: "_____ Wednesday" (Jane Fonda film) ("Any") - never having heard of it, I had ASH. That whole Eastern portion of the puzzle was pretty dicey. Never watch "CSI" so SARA (36D: "CSI" woman) was a guess. Further, OESTE (35A: Setting for the setting of el sol) is rough-going for me - I knew the answer was Spanish for "west," but the particular vowel combo at the beginning ... it's just not intuitive for me.
- 68A: Curling targets (tees) - er ... what?
- 1D: _____ sheet (spec) - SPEC is very familiar, but not in this context.
- 2D: Jacopo _____, composer of the earliest surviving opera (Peri) - Yikes - I had no hope here, but still like the clue better than [Actress Gilpin].
- 4D: "Miracle on 34th Street" name (Macy's) - aargh, I was thinking character names (like the sucker that I am!).
- 5D: Engage in a bit of swordplay (slash) - somehow SLASH and "play" don't seem like friends.
- 9D: "Oh! Carol" singer, 1959 (Sedaka) - two observations. First: I love that exclamation point in the middle of the title; why doesn't "Carol" get one too? Second: SEDAKA is astonishingly common for a six-letter word with a "K" in it. Pantheonic? Wouldn't you like to know.
- 12D: Douglas or Smith of the W.N.B.A. (Katie) - no clue, but nice to see the women's pro league getting some puzzle love a change. Also, the clue goes well with 40D: Hoops bloopers (air balls) - by which I'm sure Mr. Farmer is not insinuating that chicks can't shoot the rock. As it were.
- 34D: One singing "Those Were the Days?" (old pal) - hmmm. Nope, don't like it. Only people singing "Those Were the Days" are Edith and Archie.
- 58D: Jazz singer Anderson (Ivie) - this name really really wishes someone truly famous would adopt it so that it had more occasion to show up in the puzzle. It begs for Pantheonic status, but really, WhoTF is named IVIE any more?
The snow Just started here, and is going to bury us completely in the next 4 hours. Sahra and Sandy are home from school / work for a snow day. Orange rolls and coffee await me downstairs, so I am very much out of here. Later today - Rex Parker and Orange's Holiday Crossword Buying Guide!
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld