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Friday, October 7, 2011
Constructor: Kevin G. Der
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: STEVE JOBS (57A: This puzzle's subject) — products and companies and concepts associated with the recently deceased APPLE co-founder
Word of the Day: NeXT (64A: Company founded by 57-Across) —
Next, Inc. (later Next Computer, Inc. and Next Software, Inc. and stylized as NeXT) was an American computer company headquartered in Redwood City, California, that developed and manufactured a series of computer workstations intended for the higher education and business markets. NeXT was founded in 1985 by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs after he was fired from Apple. NeXT introduced the first NeXT Computer in 1988, and the smaller NeXTstation in 1990. Sales of the NeXT computers were relatively limited, with estimates of about 50,000 units shipped in total. Nevertheless, its innovative object-oriented Nextstep operating system and development environment were highly influential. (wikipedia)
- 1A: Brainchild of 57-Across (IPOD)
- 16A: Film studio spearheaded by 57-Across (PIXAR)
- 17A: Brainchild of 57-Across (MACINTOSH)
- 26A: Slogan associated with 57-Across ("THINK DIFFERENT")
- 42A: Frequent description of 57-Across (CREATIVE GENIUS)
- 57A: This puzzle's subject (STEVE JOBS)
- 60A: Company co-founded by 57-Across (APPLE)
- 24D: One of many from 57-Across (BIG IDEA)
There was virtually nothing tough about this puzzle. I guess tributes are really designed to be completed successfully by as many people as possible. I have NEXT to no memory of NEXT, so that was a puzzler, but I got SHIVA (36D: Hindu god often depicted meditating) and I pieced together "GO WEST" (44D: Film in which the Marx Brothers join the gold rush) ... loopiest thing in the grid is UDE (25A: Ulan-___ (Siberian capital)), which I needed every cross to get, but which is probably some old-school crosswordese that I should've just known.
The response to JOBS's death surprised me. I'd never really thought about his place in American culture much. He was just the APPLE guy with the turtlenecks. But he clearly had a massive impact on the way many of us live our lives (he said, as he typed on his MacBook Pro). It was kind of entertaining to read a lot of my friends' Apple/Mac memories on Facebook yesterday. Here's what I wrote:
My sister, in response.
Yeah, Dad has always been on the forefront of gadgetry. I am cracking up about John & Yoko...do you remember what John said in his caption bubble? "Yoko, you're numero ono." I also remember thinking MacPaint was the best thing ever, because it had all of those crazy patterns. I think we gave John plaid pants w/ a checked shirt. That Mac went w/ me to college BTW, and caused me no end of grief. MacWord sucked pretty bad by the time 1990 rolled around.And my best friend.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld