Baseball's old professor / WED 12-4-13 / Topiary pro / Tony-nominated musical based on 1992 Disney movie / One seeing pink elephants / Dye-yielding shrub / Kosygin of Russia / Area jiggled while twerking
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Constructor: Daniel Raymon
Relative difficulty: Medium-Challenging
- SQUID MARKS (17A: Food critic's assessments of calamari?)
- SQUARE TACTIC (27A: Maneuver on a chessboard?)
- SQUIRT CHASER (43A: Rug rat pursuer?)
- GREAT SQUAT (57A: Outstanding posture for a catcher?)
//; July 30, 1890 – September 29, 1975), nicknamed "The Old Perfessor", was an American Major League Baseball outfielder and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.Stengel was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and originally nicknamed "Dutch", a common nickname at that time for Americans of German ancestry. After his major league career began, he acquired the nickname"Casey", which originally came from the initials of his hometown ("K. C."), which evolved into "Casey", influenced by the wide popularity of the poem Casey at the Bat. In the 1950s, sportswriters dubbed him with yet another nickname, "The Old Professor" (or "Perfessor"), for his sharp wit and his ability to talk at length on anything baseball-related.Although his baseball career spanned a number of teams and cities, he is primarily associated with clubs inNew York City. Between playing and managing, he is the only man to have worn four of New York's major league clubs' uniforms. He was the first of four men (through the 2012 season) to manage both the New York Yankees and New York Mets; Yogi Berra, Dallas Green, and Joe Torre are the others. Like Torre, he also managed the Braves and the Dodgers. He ended his baseball career as the beloved manager for the then expansion New York Mets, which won over the hearts of New York partly due to the unique character of their veteran leader. (wikipedia)
• • •REUNE (seriously, the worst), and then crosswordese aplenty (the east and the south having a particularly high density, but see also ANIL, EER, ETH, etc.).
Puzzle played harder than usual for reasons that I think have to do with vague cluing. I had an oddly hard time seeing LANDSCAPER (gotta love APER crossing APERS, amirite!?). Topiary seems like a specific art, so the general "landscaping" idea never came to me. At one point I had (or thought I had) SQUARE ANTIC, but I must've had SQUARE TANTIC … I clearly wasn't seeing the grid well. I have no idea what 41A: One seeing pink elephants (SOT) even means. I have zero frame of reference for that [I now know it's from "Dumbo" so you can stop writing, thanks!]. Is that something drunks in the olden days saw? I had -OT and thought "TOT?" Ugh. Worst slow-down was in the west, where I had ALTS for HGTS (not surprising) (32D: Elevs.) and, later, PIANO for GRAND (also not surprising) (37A: Steinway offering). This made me consider QUO for 28D: Proof finale letters (QED). Never mind that "quid pro QUO" has nothing to do with proofs.
Perhaps the most joyless Q-laden experience I've ever had as a solver. Someone needs to tell the emperor he has some sartorial issues.
See you tomorrow.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld