Facial recognition aid / TUE 9-21-10 / Goodnight girl of old song / River that drains more than 20% of France / Pioneering anti-AIDS drug
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Constructor: Adam G. Perl
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: STROKES (39A: Pets ... or what the starts of 17-, 25-, 50- and 61-Across are all kinds of) — First words of theme answers are all kinds of swimming STROKES
|From Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle|
Word of the Day: IDENTIKIT (35D: Facial recognition aid) —
IN BRIEF: n. - A likeness of a person's face constructed from descriptions given to police. (answers.com)
- 17A: Entree on many a Chinese menu (BUTTERFLY SHRIMP)
- 25A: Cramped alternative to a basement (CRAWL SPACE)
- 50A: Old New Yorkers, e.g. (BACK ISSUES)
- 61A: Basic hotel banquet entree (BREAST OF CHICKEN)
- 20A: Pioneering anti-AIDS drug (AZT) — weird that this answer feels dated, even though AIDS clearly isn't. Media seems to expend much more time on ... other things these days.
- 43A: Tabriz residents (IRANIANS) — speaking of plummeting media coverage. Two years ago the fraudulent elections were big news. Now: well, it's Iran, whaddyagonnado? Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go learn more about Christine O'Donnell's stance on masturbation.
- 68A: River that drains more than 20% of France (LOIRE) — I'm not sure I understand the clue. Drains it of ... Water? The will to live? Is this by geographical area or sheer water volume?
- 70A: Labor's partner (PARTS) — Went looking for something birth-related here. PAINS, maybe.
- 3D: "The Loco-Motion" singer, 1962 (LITTLE EVA) — pretty sure I learned this from xwords, via clues for EVA
- 27D: Feature of many a bodice (LACE) — would've wanted STAY if I hadn't had the "L" in place already.
- 18D: Fabled fliers (ROCS) — gimme. Seen that clue a gajillion (i.e. probably 6) times.
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