Weeper of myth -TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2008 - Lucy Gardner Anderson (Old Walter Berndt comic strip about a teen / Harsh Athenian lawgiver)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: INTERSTATE / NINETY-FIVE (20A: With 59-Across, highway that goes through the 15 places indicated in this puzzle, in order, north to south) - 15 different state codes found in circled squares on each of the 15 rows of the puzzle
This is the kind of theme that must have fallen in the constructor's lap, which is not to say that it was easy, but once you learn of anything that has fifteen elements in it, there is some part of your brain (if you write puzzles) that thinks "crossword." When I first did the puzzle, I didn't fully read the theme clue, so I discovered on my own that there was one state on each line and that they were ordered north to south. I enjoyed discovering that. Then I noticed that the puzzle had discovered it for me.
Today is my wife's birthday, and also I have exams to write/give, so I have things to do. Thus, I am going to blow through this puzzle if you don't mind (and even if you do).
- 6A: Netting (ME sh)
- 14A: _____ water (facing trouble) (i NH ot)
- 19A: Epps of TV's "House" (O MA r)
- 22A: Ice Capades venue (RI nk)
- 24A: Asset in answering the question "Does this dress make me look fat?" (ta CT
- 26A: Bruce or Kravitz (Len NY)
- 38A: "Dueling _____" (ba NJ os)
- 40A: Longtime "S.N.L." announcer Don (PA rdo)
- 43A: Do lexicographical work (DE fine)
- 48A: Online health info site (Web MD)
- 50D: Cole Porter's "Well, Did You _____?" ("E VA h")
- 56A: Final Four org. (NC AA)
- 63A: Mideast missile (SC ud)
- 67A: Nintendo rival (se GA)
- 71A: Skedaddles (FL ees)
- 18A: Y's guys? (Elis) - I was thinking only of the Village People. I remember being Traumatized in 6th grade when I was told that the Village People were all "gay," which was about the worst thing you could be in elementary school in 1980 in Central California (Fresno!). I just remember thinking "... but I love them."
- 47A: Harsh Athenian lawgiver (Draco) - the only "lawgiver" I could come up with at first was SOLON, but he was not "harsh," or at least not harsh enough to have an adjective made out of his name. I'm going to start using "SOLONIAN" to mean ... what, wise? "Don't you mean "SOLOMONIAN?" "No. No I do not."
- 52A: College town near Bangor (Orono) - it's Bangor's week to shine! "Bangor? I hardly know her."
- 8D: Old Walter Berndt comic strip about a teen ("Smitty") - None of this makes any sense to me. I thought I knew at least the titles of most notable comic strips, but I guess not. Here's a couple choice pics for you:
- 48D: Like sheets after bleaching (whiter) - better than the original clue, [Like teeth after brushing, say], which is mostly just false.
- 53D: Butcher's byproducts (offal) - the plural clue + non-plural answer here is weird. Not awful. Just weird.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld