Beturbaned seer / MON 1-11-10 / 1980s hardware used Microsoft Basic / 10th century Holy Roman Emperor / Alaska boondoggle 2008 campaign news
Monday, January 11, 2010
Constructor: Ron and Nancy Byron
Relative difficulty: Medium
Word of the Day: CROWN VICTORIAS (48A: Full-size Fords) —
The Ford Crown Victoria (commonly nicknamed the Crown Vic) is a rear-wheel drive full-size car first produced by the Ford Motor Company for the North American market in the mid-1950s. Its current incarnation has been in production since 1992 at Ford's St. Thomas Assembly plant. While the Crown Victoria shares its platform and components with the Lincoln Town Car, it shares almost no exterior sheet metal or interior parts. Beginning with the 2008 model year, it has been available only for fleet sales, mainly in police and taxi form, but also for rental car companies.
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What year is it? I didn't even know Ford made the CROWN VICTORIA any more. Sounds like something from another era. Something you would drive to a FILLING STATION, say, if you were ELDERLY (4D: Getting on in years) and needed to refuel your car on the way to the dentist for the unbelievable amount of dental work that you apparently require. Even the computer is old here — IBM PC (28D: 1980s hardware that used Microsoft Basic) ... what is that? Or, rather, don't IBM PCs still exist? Anyway, I guess the original IBM PC is what's meant here, which came out around the time that LE CAR was in its heyday (29D: Old Renault) ("A 5-door hatchback body style was added for the 1981 model year," says Wikipedia). I had a good number of hesitations, but absolutely shredded the majority of the puzzle, and ended up ... right at normal for a Monday, time-wise.
First hesitation: right out of the box. Wanted only WAFFLE at 1A: Go back and forth in deciding. Then didn't pick up WAVER til the third cross bec. I appear to think it's spelled WAIVER. Hesitated at CROWN VICTORIAS (not a model I know well, clearly). I might have tried to put CROWN VICTROLAS in there. Hesitated again at IBM PC (ugly), again at beginning of FILLING STATION — got FOGS, which gave me the "F," which still didn't clear up matters. Hesitated at NAOH (41D: Sodium hydroxide, to a chemist). Probably had -CH or -CL or god knows what. NAOH is ugly on any day of the week. As is OTTO I (31D: 10th-century Holy Roman emperor). Despite getting hung up in all those places, as I said, average Monday time. Not a terribly enjoyable puzzle. I am quite hard on "first words / last words have something in common puzzles," for personal reason. If I see one of them, it had better be good. This wasn't, particularly.
- 17A: Alaska boondoggle in 2008 campaign news (BRIDGE to nowhere)
- 27A: Place to get gas (FILLING station)
- 48A: Full-size Fords (CROWN Victorias)
- 63A: Gets ready to crash (BRACES for impact)
- 6A: Traffic tie-ups (jams) — man, there's lots of car stuff in this puzzle. See also the GMC Yukon (37A: Yukon S.U.V. maker) that is T-boning the LECAR.
- 10D: Western part of Czech Republic (Bohemia) — I learned this in grad school. Before that, I think I thought "Bohemia" was a mythical / fictional place, like Shangri-La or Manitoba.
- 30D: Beturbaned seer (swami) — humiliating admission of the day: I thought "Beturbaned" was a place name. Possibly some place in India. It was going to be my Word of the Day...
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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