Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: Sounds like "AIR" - five theme answers all start w/ "AIR" homophones
I have about ten minutes to write this. Having a puppy (a very, very, criminally young puppy) is exhausting. Not metaphorically exhausting. Literally exhausting. She's sleeping in her crate now, which gives me 20 minutes or so before she awakes and needs to be let out (10 times a day, minimum, including twice in the middle of the night). She's traumatized and we're traumatized but she's clearly going to be awesome one day, so I'm sure my brain will bury the memories of no sleep and house-training frustration. At least I hope so.
Loved the puzzle except for the LEW (32D: Dr. Kildare player Ayres) / WAHL (42A: "Wiseguy" actor Ken) crossing, which I botched, and which is truly a horrible call on someone's part. An "S" or "D" would have gone in that "W" spot nicely; instead, you get two B- to C-list pop culture has-beens. Yuck.
- 16A: Big name in athletic shoes (Air Jordan)
- 22A: Prince (Heir to the throne)
- 37A: End of a Napoleonic palindrome? (ere I saw Elba)
- 52A: Black-and-tan purebred (Airedale Terrier)
- 61A: Carrier with a shamrock logo (Aer Lingus)
- 66A: Zaire's Mobutu _____ Seko (Sese) - eeks. I can never remember this. Always feels iffy.
- 1D: Possible result of iodine deficiency (goiter) - yuck
- 3D: Basketball's Erving, familiarly (Dr. J) - feels like I haven't seen him in a while
- 24D: Puff the Magic Dragon's frolicking place (Honalee) - oh, man, the spelling was a total phonetic guess.
- 13D: Turkish pooh-bah (pasha) - that's at least four Turkish pooh-bah names: PASHA, Aga, Dey, and Bey.
- 39D: 1930s heavyweight champ Max (Baer) - wanted BAHR, thanks possibly to stupid Ken WAHL, and also the eternal influence of crossword champion what's his name LAHR (from "Wizard of Oz").
- 45D: Church groundskeeper (sexton) - yay, first guess, and it was right.
- 54D: Monthly fashion issues (Elles) - plural? Hmmm...
- 55D: Category in which the single-season record is 191 (RBI) - record-holder: Hack Wilson
- 53D: Code-crackers' org. (NSA) - I knew this, and yet any time I'm dealing with government abbreviations / initialisms, I lose all confidence.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of Puppyland