SUNDAY, August 3, 2008 - Peter A. Collins and Joe Krozel (ENGLISH PORTRAITIST SIR JOSHUA / JAPANESE-BORN HALL OF FAME GOLFER)
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Relative difficulty: Easy
Hi, everyone. PuzzleGirl and Seth here with your Sunday puzzle. I was on the schedule for this puzzle, but two things happened. First, Wade blew everyone away with yesterday's post and there was no way I was coming out here all by myself and (2) PuzzleMomToBe is in labor (!!!) and went to the hospital so Seth is hanging out at home all by himself tonight. He kept whining to me about how much he was missing his friends and I finally told him to shut up and start writing. Sunday puzzles are big, so we've got a lot to cover. Let's get right to it.
Theme: Off With Their Heads! Theme answers start with a word followed by the same word with its first letter (i.e., head) removed. The resulting words are clued as parts of ... something a random person might say.
- 23A: "Will the long-winded REVEREND EVER END his sermon?"
- 32A: "The majority of British HISTORY IS TORY policy coming to fruition"
- 48A: "I noticed you use the SPOTLESS POT LESS often the tarnished one"
- 57A: "The driver's crew decided to make the PITSTOP ITS TOP priority"
- 67A: "The parishioners ignored the MANDATE AND ATE meat on Friday"
- 81A: "The judges put the name of each FINALIST IN A LIST for the M.C. to read"
- 94A: "As one member of the crew LABORED A BORED co-worker leaned on his shovel"
- 110A: "You won't find any SONATINA ON A TINA Turner album"
Peter: Hi, Joe. I was wondering if you have any interest in collaborating on a Sunday puzzle.We're pretty sure it happened Just. Like. That.
Joe: Sure, Peter, I'd love to. Do you have any ideas for a theme?
Peter: Well I was thinking about using a word like MANDATE and then doing something tricky with it.
Joe: What if we repeat the word only the second time we take the first letter off of it. So we end up with MANDATE AND ATE.
Peter: Wow! How'd you do that? That's awesome! Hey, hey, I've got one ... FINALIST IN A LIST.
Joe: Awesome! But we still have to figure out how to clue them.
Peter: Let's just make up some random sentences to put them in.
Joe: Whoa -- slow down there, big fella. That's a great idea! I'm writing it down!
Stuff you hate to see but it's Sunday and you know there's only so much a puzzle constructor can do:
- 10A: 11th-century year (MLIX). The random Roman numeral.
- 55A: Alphabet quartet (RSTU). The random alphabet string.
- 60A: "Life _____ beach" (is a). The phrase is "Life's a beach." Can't blame you for trying though.
- 92A: Teacher: Var. (pedagog). It can't be helped.
- 113A: Wash. neighbor (Oreg.). What can you do?
- 11D: Deceive (lie to). One of a couple of prepositional(?) to's, along with 16D: ___-ground missile (air-to) and 37A: Took care of (saw to). And the similar 9D: Take up wholeheartedly (dive into) and 57D: Attach, as to a lapel (pin on). And it seemed like more while SethG was solving.
- 20A: One of the Four Seasons (Valli). PuzzleGirl's favorite song in sixth grade was "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)." (Just thinking about it takes me back to roller-skating at Bud's Roller Rink in Moorhead, Minnesota. (That was back in the old days before the big fancy Skateland was built.) I went poking around YouTube looking for a video of it and found out about the musical "Jersey Boys." Have you seen it? It looks awesome.)
- 30A: Mark, Anthony and others: Abbr. (Sts.). This clue did exactly what PuzzleGirl suspects it was intended to do. She didn't read it closely enough to realize it wasn't about Mark Antony.
- 40A: Washington State airport (Sea-Tac). Short for Seattle-Tacoma. Sea-Tac's airport code is SEA.
- 43A: Amaze (awe) / 39D: Amaze (wow). PuzzleGirl had AWE for both of them at first, knowing only one of them would be right, but waiting to see which one.
- 44A: One of five Norwegian kings (Olav). Let's see there was Olav I, Olav II, Olav III, Olav IV, and ... what was the last one again? Oh yeah, Olav V. SethG wants to remind you once again that this could have been Olaf, just like 3D: Dwellers in Middle-earth (elves) has an F/V switch depending on the form of the word.
- 52A: Ties a second knot (reweds). Somehow this reminds PuzzleGirl of the "recarve" conversation we had a while back. To her, the answer only works if the person is marrying someone they have been married to previously. And then the clue doesn't work because that would really be more like tying the same old knot again after it's been untied, and not tying a second knot. Or maybe nobody cares.
- 54A: Human _____ Project (Genome). If you like music and you like to listen to it on your computer, you owe it to yourself to check out Pandora (The Music Genome Project). PuzzleGirl just signed up for it a couple days ago and (a) she totally loves it and (b) when she saw this clue she somehow knew that Pandora's tag-line was a take-off on this, even though she doesn't really know what it is.
- 63A: Welcome at the door (ask in). PuzzleGirl had SEE IN at first. SethG might have, but does remember now that this is the other answer that included the preposition.
- 65A: Crossed one's i's and dotted one's t's? (erred). Again, this devious clue did exactly what it was supposed to do. PuzzleGirl's eye skimmed right over it and thought it said "dotted one's i's and crossed one's t's" so confidently entered WROTE. For a brief moment she knew it couldn't be right because of the question mark, but she just kept moving on anyway in that foolish way she sometimes does.
- 66A: Promgoers: Abbr. (srs.). At PuzzleGirl's high school, jrs. could go to the prom too. Of course that was a hundred years ago. Maybe things are different now.
- 86A: Pusher catcher, for short (narc). Love this clue.
- 90A: Baloney (jive). The best thing about this clue is that it doesn't say "agree." Because you know what? That's not JIVE, it's JIBE. Go ahead and look it up. You know we're right.
- 107A: Box-and-one alternative (man-to-man). This is a type of defense used in basketball, sort of a cross between man-to-man and zone.
- 112A: Wilder and Hackman (Genes). The first movie PuzzleGirl ever went to on a date was "Silver Streak" with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. (Oh my god. I was 11 when this movie came out. Well, it wasn't a Real date. There were four couples and we had parents dropping us off. There was definitely kissing involved though. Remind me in a couple years not to let my daughter do anything like that.)
- 114A: Potato pancake (latke). Do you know if there's a difference between latke and lefse? Of course you do. Explain it to us in the comments!
- 5D: Park in New York, say (Avenue). It's also a Buick, which was part of General Motors, which also owned Oldsmobile, the company founded by 7D: Automotive Pioneer ([Ransom] Olds).
- 14D: Franciscan home (Assisi). SethG used to have trouble with this like he does with Cincinnati, which he has not once in his life spelled correctly at first, always doubling the t instead of the n. (Including this time—so now I guess I know how to spell it, I just think I don’t and wind up switching. So I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. Anyway, I don’t have that problem with Assisi any more, but I do think of Andre Agassi every time I see the word.)
- 38D: Ursine : bear :: pithecan : ___ (ape). Oh, right, as in Australopithecus, the first bipedal hominids, which may well be our common ancestor--they're trying to figure that out at the Chimpanzee Genome Project. SethG was right by the Oldupai Gorge last year, but didn’t stop in.
- 41D: Al's is almost 27 (at. wt.). Al is aluminum, at. wt. is atomic weight, almost 27 is approximately 26.981540.
- 46D: Mail for a knight (armor). Chain mail.
- 47D: Johnson and Johnson, e.g. (veeps). What, did they forget about Johnson?
- SethG knew a man with a wooden leg named Smith. 60D: "That is to say ..." (I mean), 59D: Many a pirate's appendage (peg).
- SethG is noticing that as he goes through these he's not coming across any missteps he took that he can point out to you. He thinks that's 'cause he really had just one: 68D: Record holder (disc jockey). (That's just a bit too cute. Or not cute enough. That is to say, I don't think that really works, and I don’t think it's creative enough to get away with that. I bet you most disc jockeys, today especially, never actually touch a record. I had the DISC all along, but I tried, or at least thought about, SLEEVE and JACKET before settling on JOCKEY.)
- 82D: Compromises (imperils). The second 'i' was SethG's last fill. (I was thinking that the clue was a little off--I think of imperil as implying much more danger than compromise. But I looked it up, and ... I’m not sure. The definition of compromise in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary ("to expose to ... mischief"; "to reveal or expose to ... an enemy"; "to cause the impairment of") feels weaker than the definition of compromise in Merriam-Webster’s online thesaurus ("to place in danger").) (PuzzleGirl wonders what the hell SethG thinks happens after one is "exposed to an enemy." Dinner and a movie?)
- Every once in a while we see either the first or last name of 85D: Japanese-born Hall of Fame golfer (Isao Aoki), but this might be a first appearance for his full name. And he’s joined by 109A: Mushroom variety (enoki) and 119A: Tom Joad, e.g. (Okie), the protagonist in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. AO AO OKI OKI OKI. Very nice.
- 96D: Fess Parker TV role (Boone). Is Fess a man's name or a woman's? We assume this is from the famous family, and F. Parker must have portrayed Pat or Debbie Boone; we're just not sure which one. But we're pretty sure there are no other Boones worthy of inclusion. Man! If only Wade were here to help us with this one.
- 103D: Red River city (Hanoi). SethG loves Vietnamese food, probably even more than 58D: Cuisine choice (Indian), but he's including this so we can talk about math all day instead of root vegetables. SethG loves combinatorics, and the Towers of Hanoi problem is even related to perfect numbers! PuzzleGirl just wants to say that every time the answer is a five-letter word for Red River city, she wants it to be FARGO and it never is.
- 104D: Related on the mother's side (enate). Learned it from crosswords, guarantee we'll never use it elsewhere.