Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 &mdash Brendan Emmett Quigley (Finnish architect Alvar / Like Petruchio's wench in "The Taming of the Shrew")
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Word of the Day: CRI DE COEUR — An impassioned outcry, as of entreaty or protest. (answers.com)
Hey, everybody. PuzzleGirl here, filling in at the last minute for the Brooklyn–bound Rex Parker. This is going to be a quick write-up. For reasons that are not very interesting at all, I didn't get to the puzzle until midnight and now I'm really tired. And I have a million things to do tomorrow before I can take off for the tournament Friday morning. What? You're bored with this already? Okay, me too.
Awesome puzzle today, which is exactly what one (e.g., SethG) would expect from BEQ. My first time through the acrosses I penciled in two, maybe three answers, and felt a sense of dread. I thought to myself, "No! Brendan! No! I've always loved your puzzles! Don't give me an impossible solve the day before the tournament! Please don't shatter my confidence now of all times! Especially when I'm blogging for Rex! That would be so unfair! Me! Me! Me!" (The vast majority of my internal rants end Exactly. Like. That.) But I plugged away at it and with a few guesses here and there, the puzzle fell quite quickly. (Get it? Quite Quickly? Because the theme ...? With the Qs ... ?)
- 20A: Residence (living quarters)
- 25A: It has to be asked (burning question)
- 43A: Alumni weekend V.I.P. (homecoming queen)
- 48A: Many Haydn compositions (string quartets)
- 1A: Toastmaster's offering (joke) — I'm all "Um ... toast? No, that can't be right."
- 17A: Delft, e.g. (ware) — It's that blue and white pottery from the Netherlands. Pretty!
- 34A: Troubled (ate at) — It always takes me Way Too Long to parse this.
- 38A: Common origami figures (boats) — You wanted cranes, didn't you? So did I. And then I wanted bowls because PuzzleDaughter actually brought an origami bowl home from school the other day. (Her commentary: "This was Really Hard to make!")
- 46A: 1961 Top 10 hit "Hello Mary ____" (Lou) — Ricky Nelson!
- 47A: Texans' grp. (AFC) — Once again, I'm reminded how long it's been since I paid any attention to football. I'll give you a hint, the Arizona Cardinals were in St. Louis and the St. Louis Rams were in L.A. And Carolina didn't have a team. Which made sense because Carolina is not, ya know, an actual state.
- 56A: It comes from Mars (Twix) — I think you'll be amazed at how many different flavors of Twix there are. How come Orange Twix and Cappuccino Twix are only available in Poland??
- 61A: Finnish architect Alvar _____ (Aalto) — The original Aalto Vase was displayed at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris.
- 63A: Something in the air (odor) — Eww.
- 1D: Wandering _____ (Jew) — I'm sure nobody has anything to say about this.
- 4D: Matinee showing time, maybe (eleven a.m.) — That seems awfully early, but I do remember catching an 11am movie one year on Christmas Day.
- 10D: "Vamoose!" ("Beat it!") — Michael Jackson!
- 13D: Reno's AAA baseball team (Aces) — Whatever you say!
- 26D: "In _____" (1993 #1 album) (Utero) — In my head I had this album cover mixed up with the one for "Nevermind," which I wanted to post here and see if I could get the blog flagged again while Rex has his back turned. But ... never mind.
- 33D: Coolpix camera maker (Nikon) — Originally entered Canon, until I realized the a wouldn't work for the Random Roman Date — 36A: Middle year of Nero's reign (LXI).
- 49D: Lacking depth (two-d) — I'm guessing some people had trouble with this one.
- 50D: Opposite of pobre (rico) — I was going to include the video of "Rico Suave" but I decided not to. You're welcome.
- 53D: Certain castrato (alto) — I looked up the word castrato and I kind of wish I hadn't.