Golfer nicknamed Supermex / FRI 7-9-10 / Peanuts surname / Yarn with rubber core / Losers of Battle of Meloria 1284 / Uhuru park locale / Minced oath
Friday, July 9, 2010
A core of latex (elasticized rubber) wrapped with another fiber. invented in 1919 and destined to revolutionize the underwear business by eliminating the need for hooks, buttons and ties. (vintageskivvies.com, swear to god)
LeBron's move to the Heat isn't very big news for crosswords, but I wonder when future teammate Chris BOSH will become a clue (right now all BOSH clues are [Nonsense], [Claptrap], and the like). And more importantly, when is *someone* gonna put the C-razily named DWYANE (yes, that's how it's spelled) Wade in a puzzle? He's one of the three best players in the NBA *and* his name is insane. Get the man in the puzzle.
Used a bunch of gimmes, scattered about the top part of the grid, to get started today. Love Nabokov and LOVE film NOIR, so ADA (22A: Literary title character with a palindromic name) and NOIR (26A: Genre of "The Set-Up," 1949) went in early. Put in GLEE right away, but with nothing to confirm it, retracted it. Got distracted by the two-part gimme 19A: With 21-Across, like many rivers in winter (ICED / OVER), which was very helpful in getting me into the NE, though I'm embarrassed I didn't get TREVINO (11D: Golfer nicknamed "Supermex") a Lot sooner than I did (had like 5 crosses before I tumbled to it, ugh). VAN PELT was the last of the true gimmes up there (17A: "Peanuts" surname), and once I had the NE, I was able to follow both the Across and the Down 15 out of there and on to other parts of the grid. With good tough clues on JOGGER (1A: Park ranger?) and GINSU (4D: Pitched blade?), and a nutso trivia clue on PISANS (13D: Losers of the Battle of Meloria), the NW put up a bit of a fight, but the bottom half of the puzzle went down with very little effort. One answer just spilled into the next. I didn't know PEI (48A: Big name in Modernism) was associated with Modernism (a movement I associate with the early 20th c.), but other than that, not much hesitation down below.
- 18A: Sports champion with a palindromic name (SELES) — always good, from solver's perspective, to know something's palindromic. Doubles the value of your crosses (assuming your cross isn't the middle letter).
- 25A: Feta maker's need (BRINE) — also SHEEP.
- 34A: "Few can be induced to labor exclusively for ___": Abraham Lincoln (POSTERITY) — From his Temperance Address of 1842: "Few can be induced to labor exclusively for posterity; and none will do it enthusiastically. Posterity has done nothing for us; and theorize on it as we may, practically we shall do very little for it, unless we are made to think, we are, at the same time, doing something for ourselves."
- 35A: Popular sea menaces of film (MAN-EATING SHARKS) — Well, there's "Jaws," and ... this?
- 41A: Where I-15 meets I-86: Abbr. (IDA.) — I was just there, and remember neither of these roads.
- 43A: Dickens heroine ___ Trent (NELL) — My brain just kept serving up "Little Dorritt," but NELL sounded Dickensian enough.
- 46A: 1974 Best Picture nominee directed by Bob Fosse ("LENNY") — No idea Fosse directed that. I know him only from "All That Jazz."
- 50A: ___ Emperor (Taoism figure) (JADE) — Had the -ADE, so, you know, reasonable guess. "J" was very helpful at getting otherwise invisible-to-me JESU (50D: "___, meine Freude" (Bach motet)).
- 55A: Rope-ladder rung on a ship (RAT LINE) — pretty sure I learned this term from crosswords.
- 57A: It's also called a "way car" (CABOOSE) — guessed off the -OSE. "Way car" is a supremely lame name for anything.
- 5D: "The ___," next-to-last song on "Abbey Road," ironically ("END") — clue could have / should have lost "ironically." Makes the reveal funnier, not having it spelled out for you. The last song, of course, is "Her Majesty":
- 7D: Army post unused since the 1950s (FIVE-STAR GENERAL) — And here I was like a sucker, imagining the clue was referring to some abandoned fort somewhere...
- 8D: Minced oath (EGAD) — How is it "minced?" Is it said ... while mincing? With an effeminate voice? A lisp? What the hey?
- 27D: Ready enough (RIPE) — Had RARE and loved it.
- 37D: Uhuru Park locale (NAIROBI) — Uhura's first name was NYOTA. Did you know that? I did not.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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