Chemistry Nobelist Hoffmann / FRI 12-13-13 / Sendler heroine of WW II's Polish Underground / Tennis star Petrova / Israel Philharmonic maestro / All-Star 18 consecutive times from 1967 to 1984 / Kid in shorts with cowlick / Novel followed up by Boyhood of Christ / Like Madrilenian millionairess
Friday, December 13, 2013
Constructor: Gary Cee
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium (though the times I'm seeing at the NYT site suggest something closer to Challenging, so I don't Even know what's going on)
Word of the Day: IRENA Sendler (43D: ___ Sendler, heroine of W.W. II's Polish Underground) —
Irena Sendler (née Krzyżanowska, also referred to as Irena Sendlerowa in Poland, Nom de guerre Jolanta; 15 February 1910 – 12 May 2008) was a Polish Roman Catholic nurse/social worker who served in the Polish Underground during World War II, and as head of children's section of Żegota, an underground resistance organization in German-occupied Warsaw. Assisted by some two dozen other Żegota members, Sendler smuggled some 2,500 Jewish children out of theWarsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and with housing outside the Ghetto, saving those children during the Holocaust.The Nazis eventually discovered her activities, tortured her, and sentenced her to death, but she managed to evade execution and survive the war. In 1965, Sendler was recognized by the State of Israel as Righteous among the Nations. Late in life she was awarded Poland's highest honor for her wartime humanitarian efforts. She appears on a silver 2008 Polish commemorative coin honoring some of the Polish Righteous among the Nations. (wikipedia)
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Maybe I'll stick a PayPal button in here for the mobile users. Let's see...
For people who send me actual honest-to-god (i.e. "snail") mail, I have this great new set of thank-you postcards that I'm hoping to burn through: "the iconic Pantone color chip design in 100 brilliant colors." Who will be the lucky person who gets … let's see … Pantone 19-2025: Red Plum? Ooooh, elegant. It could be you. Or give via PayPal and get a thank-you email. That's cool too. Anyway, whatever you choose to do, I remain most grateful for your readership. Now on to the puzzle …
Update: I got my first snail-mail donation —look at the cuteness:
I didn't know some of the names (like IRENA and NADIA), but those were very guessable. I got MEHTA with no crosses. Wait, what does ATP mean? (39A: Need for muscle contraction, briefly) I'm only just seeing it now. From wikipedia: "Adenosine triphosphate is a nucleoside triphosphate used in cells as a coenzyme. It is often called the "molecular unit of currency" of intracellular energy transfer. ATP transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism." I will confess I have never heard of this. Or I forgot it. ATP has something to do with tennis, doesn't it? Yes, Association of Tennis Professionals. That's the ATP I know. This ATP … not in my vocabulary. Wow, I lucked out with the crosses, that's for sure. Oh well, that's what they're there for—to keep your ignorance from destroying you.
JOSHUA TREE dropped. Then I went back and worked on that TOCATTA / TOCCATA disaster until it cleared up (22A: Organ showpiece). Then it appeared I'd have some trouble working down the west coast, but BEEB threw me a lifeline (25D: English channel's nickname, with "the"), giving me the front ends of all those Acrosses. Once I dropped MAGNA CARTA, the rest was a blur. I knew as I was solving, especially when I hit the BLUE TOOTH area, that I was flying at some kind of insanely high speed. I felt very briefly what it must be like to be one of those Top 5 solvers; everything just leapt into view. In retrospect, I think the grid is really nicely filled. There's a good hunk of stuff that is unpalatable—the lackluster duo of ATAD and ASAD, the foreign bloc of FENG ANGE RICA ENSE CIEN, the not-terribly-lovable ENTRAIN / REHEM crossing. But mostly this one pops with fresh entries and interesting words and phrases. HERE'S HOW TO ORDER is a great grid-spanner (52A: Line near the end of an infomercial). I initially wrote in HERE'S THAT NUMBER! Thank god that was wrong.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld