Furry ally of Luke Skywalker / MON 10-15-12 / Faith founded in 19th century Persia / Villain who says O beware my lord of jealousy / Arrow shooter of Greek myth / Horrible comic strip character / Andrea ship in 1956 headlines / Jiggly dessert
Monday, October 15, 2012
Constructor: Tom Pepper
Relative difficulty: Medium
THEME: Neckwear — words ending in -TIES clued as if they were types of TIES
- ROYALTIES (20A: Neckwear for princes?)
- NINETIES (24A: Neckwear for a full baseball team?)
- PROPERTIES (32A: Neckwear just right for the occasion?)
- CASUALTIES (43A: Neckwear for informal occasions?)
- BEAUTIES (51A: Neckwear for boyfriends?)
- NOVELTIES (58A: Neckwear in a work of fiction?)
Word of the Day: Andrea DORIA (67A: Andrea ___ (ship in 1956 headlines)) —
SS Andrea Doria //. Pronounced an-dray-a dohr-ee-a was anocean liner for the Italian Line (Società di navigazione Italia) home ported inGenoa, Italy, most famous for its sinking in 1956, when 52 people died (51 from immediate impact). [...] On 25 July 1956, while the Andrea Doria was approaching the coast ofNantucket, Massachusetts, bound for New York City, the eastboundMS Stockholm of the Swedish American Line collided with it in what became one of history's most infamous maritime disasters. Struck in the side, the top-heavy Andrea Doria immediately started to list severely to starboard, which left half of its lifeboats unusable. The consequent shortage of lifeboats might have resulted in significant loss of life, but the efficiency of the ship's technical design allowed it to stay afloat for over 11 hours after the ramming. The good behavior of the crew, improvements in communications and the rapid response of other ships averted a disaster similar in scale to that of the Titanic in 1912. 1,660 passengers and crew were rescued and survived, while 46 people died as a consequence of the collision. The evacuated luxury liner capsized and sank the following morning. This accident remains the worst maritime disasterto occur in United States waters since the sinking of the S.S. Eastland in 1915. (wikipedia)
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NINETIES without even reading the clue and went with NICETIES. Took one glance at the "Peter Piper" clue then looked at the answer and figured it must be PECK (half right). Went with THEM over THEY (3D: He and she). Took much longer than I should've (so ... seconds longer) to get JOHN (14A: Lav) and LOGO (2D: Target's target). I thought the UK honour (O.B.E.) was an O.D.B., which is funny if you know who O.D.B. is. Otherwise, stuff went in, for the most part, as fast as I could type.
Today (Sunday) was a beautiful day here in upstate New York. Also my wife's birthday. Went out to our favorite diner. Went for a walk in the woods with the dog. Got chinese food for dinner. And (coup de grâce) I baked a chocolate cake—my grandma's famous chocolate cake, which tastes like if Awesome and Wow had a baby. A tasty chocolate baby. Here it is.
SLYLY (70A: With cunning). Unlike a surprising number of my friends and acquaintances, I was *not* at New York Comicon this weekend, but I'm told "sexy EWOK" was a not unpopular costume (68A: Furry ally of Luke Skywalker). I don't know anything about BAHA'I except it's Persian and you spell it with an apostrophe and it's in the crossword a lot (51D: Faith founded in 19th-century Persia). I think I get it confused with B'NAI Brith, which is a Jewish community service org. Take out the "AH," put in an "N," move the apostrophe, and they're essentially the same thing.
Must go sleep off this chocolate cake now.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld