West Coast evergreens / SUN 7-3-11 / 1950s NBC icon / Island visited Captain Cook 1778 / DKNY competitor / Stake metaphorically / Private eye Peter
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Constructor: Pete Muller
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: "My Treat" — all about ICE CREAM SODA (117A: Something delicious to drink).
Puzzle Note: "When this puzzle is done, the circles will contain five different letters of the alphabet. Connect each set of circles containing the same letter, without crossing your line, to make a simple closed shape. The resulting five closed shapes together will form a picture of a 117-Across. The five letters can be arranged to name a good place to get a 117-Across."
[Picture created by following instructions in the Puzzle Note includes a TALL GLASS, TWO SCOOPS, a LONG SPOON, and a FLEXIBLE STRAW. Five letters involved in the picture can be arranged to form DINER]
Word of the Day: MADRONES (47D: West Coast evergreens) —
n. 1. (Bot.) A small evergreen tree or shrub (Arbutus Menziesii), of Pacific North America, having a smooth bark, thick glossy leathery leaves, and edible orange-red berries, which are often called madroña apples; the wood is used for furniture and the bark for tanning.
[I only just now tried to draw the picture, per the "Puzzle Note"'s instructions. What I have on my paper looks almost nothing like an ICE CREAM SODA ... Oh, the "E"s are supposed to be a *spoon*! I was like "why is that straw stuck in an olive?"]
- 25A: Some versions of a 117-Across (BROWN COWS)
- 27A: Ingredient in a 117-Across (SELTZER WATER)
- 59A: Ingredient in a 117-Across (FLAVORED SYRUP)
- 83A: Utensil for 117-Across (FLEXIBLE STRAW)
- 121A: Version of a 117-Across (COKE FLOAT)
- 4D: Container for a 117-Across (TALL GLASS)
- 11D: Like many a 117-Across (CHOCOLATE)
- 84D: Utensil for a 117-Across (LONG SPOON)
- 87D: Quantity of a key ingredient in a 117-Across (TWO SCOOPS)
- 23A: 1950s NBC icon (BERLE) — Uncle Miltie. Way before my time. Still, got it off the "B"
- 41A: Kimchi-loving land (KOREA) — Mmm. Wish we had Korean food around here. I haven't had Korean food since I lived in Ann Arbor (*several* choices there).
- 48A: DKNY competitor (YSL) — this was where I got the "Y" in ESOTERY. Possibly the low point in the solving experience.
- 104A: "Web ___" (ESPN segment showing great fielding plays) (GEMS) — Specifically, it's a "Baseball Tonight" segment.
- 12D: Private eye Peter of old TV (GUNN) — he has a very famous theme:
- 72D: Mountain sighting, maybe (YETI) — No. Not "maybe." Just no.
- 50D: Like mountains and computer images (SCALABLE) — I like the clue a whole lot better than the answer.
- 116D: Old U.S.P.S. routing codes (RFDS) — I'd hate this, but I used it once, so ... [whistling and looking the other way]
- 109A: A stake, metaphorically (SKIN) — most interesting clue of the day. I you have "a stake" in the game, you have SKIN in the game.