Gaff to fisherman / TUE 12-7-10 / Event that may include blue films / Sock hop locale / Mournful peal / Sheep's accuser
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Constructor: Andrea Carla Michaels & Kent Clayton
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: FOOTBALL MATCH-UP (39A: Bit of Sunday TV scheduling ... or a hint to 17-, 25-, 50- and 59-Across) — theme answers are punning phrases made out of two NFL team player names.
Word of the Day: JARED Leto (50D: Actor Leto of "American Psycho") —
Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He has appeared in films such as Fight Club; Girl, Interrupted; Panic Room; American Psycho; Alexander; Requiem for a Dream; Lord of War; Mr. Nobody and Chapter 27. He is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American rock band 30 Seconds to Mars and has directed music videos under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins (a name borrowed from Dr. Seuss' The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins). (wikipedia)
- 17A: Governor in Austin? (CHIEF TEXAN)
- 25A: Unwelcome result of a shopping sprees? (GIANT BILL)
- 50A: Airport baggage handler? (JET PACKER)
- 59A: Sheep's accuser? (RAM CHARGER)
Had most of my trouble at 20A: Come together. GELL? MELD? KNIT? No, MEET.
- 21A: Card player's boo-boo (MISDEAL) — I put in MISPLAY, which is manifestly wrong.
- 45A: Sock hop locale (GYM) — For some reason I stared at G-M for several seconds. "Oh ... GYM!"
- 32D: Even that may include blue films (STAG PARTY) — my favorite answers of the day. So audaciously manly, running as it does through a baseball answer, a football answer, a GYM, and another football answer.
- 13D: Mournful peal (KNELL) — thought this was some strange word when I mistakenly had MISPLAY in place and thought it ended -YL. "IDDYL?" No, just KNELL. Both "peal" and "knell" are ripe for punning, in case you wanna make a Monday/Tuesday puzzle of your own.
- 38D: Gaff, to a fisherman (SPEAR) — I thought a "gaff" was a hook ... looks like it's actually a pole with a hook at the end. OK.
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PS nice feature on Crossword Champ Dan Feyer in the Times, here.
PPS ... this, from my favorite celebrity crossword solver (it's a *little* raunchy, so just ... be warned):