Peace Nobelist Sakharov / SUN 4-11 / Bear Lake State Park locale / "Heaven's Gate" director / 12th-century Crusader state
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Constructor: Patrick Berry
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
Theme: "Tee Time" — Familiar phrases have a TEE sound added to the end. Wackiness ensues.
Word of the Day: ENDOR (49A: "Return of the Jedi" moon) —
Endor (also known as the Forest Moon of Endor and the Sanctuary Moon) was a small forested moon orbiting the gas giant planet of Endor. An enchanted world, Endor was notable for being the native home of the Ewoks, and being the location of the Battle of Endor, which would result in the downfall of the Empire and the first death of the Emperor Palpatine. Due to its proximity to the inhospitable Unknown Regions, Endor was a relatively quiet planetoid both prior to and after the battle.
Endor was also known for the vast amount of sentient species it supported, from baseline to exotic. This was largely due to the unusually large number of shipwrecks Endor experienced; it has been compared to a "desert island" in space. …
With three films, an entire television series, and a comic book series based around it, Endor is one of the most documented locations in the Star Wars universe with regard to its places and species. The real world location for Endor is Redwood National Park in California. [Wookieepedia]
Hey, everybody. PuzzleGirl here again with your Sunday puzzle. As you might recall from yesterday's write-up, I've had a few difficult puzzle days all in a row. Yesterday's comments section, however, made me feel a lot better about myself. PuzzleHusband is now leaving the scissors out in plain sight again. And yet … I finished this puzzle, but didn't notice a mistake. So, to me, this is another DNF which is a really big bummer. But you know what? I don't know what the heck I expected. I don't generally even like the Sunday puzzles all that much. They're just too big! So to have my self-puzzle-worth hinge on a Sunday is just adding insult to injury. Trying to keep my chin up though! Thank God tomorrow's Monday!
- 19A: Bathing beauty at a swimming facility? (POOL CUTIE). [pool cue]
- 23A: Armistice signed on December 25? (CHRISTMAS TREATY). [Christmas tree]
- 38A: Scottish body of water with beverage concentrate added? (LOCH NESTEA). [Loch Ness]
- 43A: Awful illustration from cartoonist William? (HANNA BARBARITY). [Hanna-Barbera]
- 56A: Opting not to sunbathe? (KEEPING PASTY). [keeping pace]
- 70A: Exactness in giving orders to toymaking elves? (SANTA CLARITY). [Santa Clara]
- 88A: What a bunny buyer at a pet shop might want? (RABBIT WARRANTY). [rabbit warren]
- 90A: Choice of songs at a piano bar? (HIT OR MISTY). [hit or miss]
- 108A: Hybrid sheepdog that moves ver-r-ry slowly? (TORTOISE SHELTIE). [tortoise shell]
- 115A: Drinking and dancing instead of sleeping? (UP TO PARTY). [up to par]
- 87A: Brazilian beach resort (OLINDA).
- 95A: 12th-century Crusader state (EDESSA).
- 44D: Yellow-flowered perennial (ARNICA).
- 14A: Easily broken (FRAIL). I just not noticed how many letters FRAGILE and FRAIL have in common.
- 28A: Allergy medication brand (ACTIFED). Tried ALLEGRA first. Do they still make ACTIFED? I used to take it for sinus headaches and I recall it was a lot like how Denis Leary describes NyQuil: the label says "May cause drowsiness" but what it should say is "Don't make any freakin' plans."
- 33A: Excellent summers, for short? (CPAS). Took me way too long to figure out this was a math clue.
- 52A: ___ Field (former name of Minute Maid Park) (ENRON). Probably a good decision to go ahead and make that change.
- 66A: Union opposer: Abbr. (CSA). The Confederate States of America. Here in Virginia, April is Confederate History Month.
- 79A: First lady after Bess (MAMIE). She had bangs, you know.
- 94A: R&B singer Marie (TEENA). The girl's got pipes.
- 7D: Large-scale flight (DIASPORA). My first thought was JUMBO JET. Then when I had the IA in place I assumed it would be GIANT-something. What? I'm sorry, I can't hear you all the way out here in left field!
- 15D: Rush jobs? (RADIO SHOWS). At first I thought this was a reference to the band Rush and was, therefore, a lame clue. But then I realized it's about rush hour traffic reports. Oh man. Maybe it's really about Rush Limbaugh.
- 18D: Easily picked up, say (LOUD). I'm all, "Desperate? … Slutty? ..."
- 31D: With all haste (ASAP). Has ASAP become an actual word at this point? And not just an abbreviation (or initialism or whatever)?
- 33D: Where some hooks connect (CHEEKS). Ouch.
- 36D: One who's in your business? (SNOOP). I thought the question mark meant the answer would be a literal business colleague.
- 57D: Drink from a bowl (NOG). Raise your hand if you tried LAP first.
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PS Press release from the Washington Post:
Today the Sunday Arts & Style section adds The Post Puzzler, a new crossword from celebrated puzzle writer Peter Gordon, created exclusively for The Washington Post. The former crossword editor for The New York Sun, Gordon is known for repeating very few clues, and hardly ever in the same year.
The Post Puzzler is in addition to the weekday Washington Post crossword and Merl Reagle's puzzle in the Sunday Magazine. It will also be available online at