Looped handles — FRIDAY, Oct. 30 2009 — Bookie's charge for short / Anthropomorphic film villain / One of Steinbeck's twins
Friday, October 30, 2009
[Yiddish slang, from Russian vyigrysh, winnings : vy-, out + igrat', to play.]
Constructor: David Levinson Wilk
Relative difficulty: Medium
Word of the Day: VIG (30A: Bookie's charge, for short) — from VIGORISH: n. Slang
[Yiddish slang, from Russian vyigrysh, winnings : vy-, out + igrat', to play.]-----
- 17A: Whitney Houston hit recorded for the 1988 Summer Olympics ("One Moment in Time")
- 24A: 1974 Rolling Stones hit ("Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo")
- 31A: Home for an addax and dorcas gazelle (The Sahara Desert)
- 41A: Maisonette (duplex apartment)
- 48A: André Gide novel whose title comes from Matthew 7:14 ("Strait is the Gate") — my big "WTF!" of the day.
- 58A: Big newsstand seller for some magazines (swimsuit edition) — wasn't aware that anyone but "S.I." had one.
- 3D: Bailiwick (area of expertise)
- 5D: Sweet little things with points to them (chocolate Kisses)
- 6D: Soil water saturation limits (field capacities)
- 8D: Country music (national anthems)
- 9D: Taken things a bit too far (gone over the line)
- 11D: Like grandchildren (third generation)
- 56A: Anthropomorphic film villain (Hal) — "MORPH"ic implies shape to me, but I see how HAL is generally humanlike, so OK.
- 62A: Looped handles (ansae) — you know who likes ANSAE? LER.
- 1D: Mil. base until 1994 (Ft. Ord) — a near gimme. Forts you need to know: ORD, DIX.
- 10D: Diamond figure on a 2006 postage stamp (Ott) — nice-ish new clue for this old standby.
- 18D: He said "Learn from the masses, and then teach them" (Mao) — I guess "and then starve them" got edited out.
- 31D: Death, in Deutschland (Tod) — I know TOD from such compositions as "TOD und Verklärung"
- 50D: Cross character (tau) — Thought maybe Amanda CROSS or some other writer had a famous character I should know. But no. CROSS is the name of the (really really) bad guy in "Chinatown," played by John Huston.