Tableware inspired by Scandinavian design — MONDAY, Aug. 10 2009 — One-toothed dragon of old children's TV / Pirate support stereotypically
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Constructor: Paula Gamache
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: HANDSET (27D: Phone part ... or a title for this puzzle?) — first words of theme answers are all parts of the hand
Word of the Day: DANSK (42A: Tableware inspired by Scandinavian design) —
Aug. 4, 2009-----
NEW YORK -- Theodore D. Nierenberg, who started Dansk International Designs in his suburban New York garage and helped popularize Scandanavian-themed tableware and cookware in American kitchens and dining rooms, has died. He was 86.
The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, his daughter Karin Weisburgh said Tuesday. Nierenberg died Friday at his home in Armonk, N.Y.
The company's motto was "from the kitchen to the dinning room table" because its pieces' sleek, clean lines were both functional and beautiful, said Weisburgh.
The Dansk line included wooded salad bowls and trays, stainless steel flatware embellished with exotic woods such as teak, glassware and porcelain-coated steel casserole dishes with lids - known as Kobenstyle - in an array of colors. For a time, the company also produced textiles that included placemats and tablecloths. (AP)
An elegant and vibrant Monday puzzle. This is everything a Monday puzzle should be — tight theme, zippy theme answers, and fabulous non-theme fill throughout. The whole puzzle just dances. Wonderful. Felt tougher than an average Monday, but my final time says otherwise.
Now I'll point out the faults, just so you all don't think I'm taking happy pills or have completely lost my edge after a few days in the beautiful Colorado sun. MKTS (9A: Stock exchanges: Abbr.), TETR (64A: Four: Prefix), and DBLS (42D: Two-base hits: Abbr.) all kind of make me gag a little. But, as I've said before, when tiny awkwardness helps you anchor an explosion of longer, gorgeous answer, well then, who cares? Every puzzle is going to have a little crap fill. Put it to good use!
- 17A: Examiner of heart and life lines (palm reader)
- 10D: Slow pitch with a little spin (knuckle ball) — wish this clue didn't have "a" in it.
- 25D: Messy art medium for kids (finger paint)
- 56A: Small bottle in a purse (nail polish)
Happiest intersection of the day: PEGLEG PENPAL! (46A: Pirate support, stereotypically + 46D: Someone from whom you might collect exotic stamps)
- 38A: Pond organism (alga) — the seldom used singular. One of the few words I can think of where the Latin "ae" plural is a common word and where that plural ending is pronounced with a long "E" sound
- 15D: Louis Armstrong's instrument (trumpet) — maybe a little Louis on a Monday would be nice...
- 22D: 1930s boxing champ Max (Baer) — second-greatest boxer in CrossWorld
- 30D: What the Hatter and the March Hare drank (tea) — past tense feels weird here. Did they drink it before the book starts? Action in a fictional narrative is typically referred to in the present tense.
- 40D: Insurance giant in 2009 news (AIG) — seems appropriate that AIG ABUTs SNEER.
- 47D: One-toothed dragon of old children's TV (Ollie) — pal of Kukla and Fran. Love the wording on this one — my favorite clue of the day. I would love to see KUKLA in the puzzle.
- 54D: Prince called "The Impaler," who was the inspiration for Dracula (Vlad) — everything after "Impaler" is unnecessary. If you don't know it from "The Impaler," you aren't going to know it from the Dracula trivia (though maybe the clue is trying to instruct as well as entertain here).
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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