And…it’s ACPT Day 2. Amy and the gang are still in Brooklyn, one more SethG day. See the current standings here .
Eric Berlin’s New York Times crossword, “Words from the White House”
Today’s theme: A bunch of short words which, when sounded out, sorta sound like a UNITED STATES PRESIDENT.
- 23A. [Anatomical pouch / Run on TV / Consume / Feel sick / Oral history]. SAC / AIR / EAT / AIL / LORE, Zachary Taylor.
- 44A. [Christmas season / Greet a villain / Speak aloud / Query / Monthly payment]. YULE / HISS / SAY / ASK / RENT, Ulysses S. Grant.
- 67A. [Least smart / Kitchen worker / Towel word / ___ Fein]. DUMBEST / CHEF / HERS / SINN, Thomas Jefferson. His face appears on the NICKEL.
- 86A. [Trash / Victories / “Get it?” / Do some math / Runs smoothly]. JUNK / WINS / SEE / ADD / HUMS. John Quincy Adams.
- 113A. [Most shaggy / Hotel offering / Actress Goldie]. HAIRIEST / ROOM / HAWN. Harry S. Truman. What do he and Grant have in common? Middle names. In other middle name news, James A. Garfield’s is ABRAM.
Other tie-ins include FDR’s mom, SARA, JUL clued as the [Birth mo. for Coolidge, Ford, and G. W. Bush], USN clued as [Org. for Jimmy Carter, once], Washington and LEE University, and Eisenhower’s “PEACE and Prosperity” slogan. Not tied in: TITO Jackson. And Eric gives himself a name check with NIE, [Never, in Berlin].
Anything else to note? Nothing really stuck out as a tricky area. The applet mangled the clue for PARABOLA, showing it as [What’s represented by x2 = 4py]. I coach the math team at Edina High School, and I had no idea what it was talking about without several crosses. (Yes, that Edina. We’re going to states!)
I’d have clued BOL with Manute instead of Braz. APU and DOH are near each other without a Simpsons mention, OBI crosses KENOBI without a WAN, and I’m about to go [Open] a bottle for a friend’s birthday. More puzzles tomorrow!
Merl Reagle’s syndicated/Philadelphia Inquirer crossword, “A Crossword Grows in Brooklyn (2)”
- 16A. DISHONOR: “Look, she’s freezing! Put this on her“
- 20A. DISTORTER: “I can’t believe this daughter of mine is all grown up”
- 25A. DISTRESSING: “Oh boy, ranch! I love this dressing“
- 32A. DISCONSOLATE: “A defector? Not in this consolate“
- 52A. DISAFFIRM: “As mattresses go, is this a firm?”
- 54A. DISARRAYED: “Are you here for a beer, officer, or is this a raid?”
- 60A. DISCIPLINARIAN: “‘Q: [Is] this a planarian?’ A: ‘No, a paramecium'”
- 72A. DISPERSION: “I’m allergic to cats, and this Persian is no exception”
- 74A. DISINFECT: “This in fact is my mother, not my sister”
- 86A. DISINTEGRATE: “This isn’t a great album, but it’s very good”
- 98A. DISCOTHEQUE: “Relax, this could take a while”
- 108A. DISAVOWAL: “I can’t read your writing. [Is] this a vowel?”
- 112A. DISPOSAL: “Once I got the theme, this puzzle wasn’t so tough”
In fact, once I got the theme, this puzzle wasn’t so tough. My biggest problem, I think, was finding the extra letter in discotheque. And I couldn’t think of who [Civil Rights crusader Wilkins] was until I remembered that I was in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium just recently. Roller Girls!
Mike Peluso’s syndicated Los Angeles Times crossword, “White House Insiders”
- 23A. [Obligation payable within a year (37)] is SHORT TERM NOTE, and the 37th president was Richard Milhous Nixon.
- 38A. [Ceremonial, as Anglican ritual] is HIGH CHURCH, Herbert Clark Hoover.
- 54A. Grant was 18, and a CHORUS GIRL is a [Line dancer?]. Dance: Ten; Looks: Three.
- 75A. FDR repealed prohibition, and he perhaps celebrated with a [Double martini, e.g.] In any case, some kind of STIFF DRINK.
- 92A. One [AOL service] is WEB HOSTING, and Obama is 44.
- 110A. The PAINTED DESERT is an [Arizona attraction], and Ike was the 34th president.
- 16D. If you’re [Hurting for money] you’re perhaps CASH STRAPPED. If you’re the 33rd president of the United States, you’re perhaps Harry S. Truman.
- 60D. WILBUR WRIGHT was a brother and an [Aviation pioneer]. I have a Reagan dartboard from his days as governor.
Are ALLENS really [Some L-shaped wrenches]? I’m about to redo my bathroom, so I guess I’ll need both pipes and pipes.
Henry Hook’s Boston Globe crossword, “Contrarians”
- 23A. [Mormon leader?] isn’t Brigham Young, it’s BRIGHAM OLD.
- 29A. In our alternative world, STEPHEN QUEEN is best selling author. You’ll find his works near Ellery King’s. This threw me a bit as king and queen aren’t really opposites, while the other theme reversals are more so.
- 32A. BUDDY POOR made a lot of money drumming. I was also a bit confused when I got to the 72A impressionist RICH “not little but” BIG–I wondered if there was some kinda chain going on, but I think it’s just a coincidence.
- 65A. Maybe the real SIR THOMAS LESS wrote a Dystopia.
- 68A. The [“20/20” man] wasn’t HUGH UPS.
- 76A. I’ve never heard of “Miss Lonelyhearts” or its author, who was not NATHANAEL LEAST. I have heard of Cabaret, but not the 112A. pianist who was not BOBBY TALL.
- 116A. COURTNEY HATE, maybe the aptest opposite, I know well. She went to school, in Olympia.
- 123A. Finally, Bette White should host SNL, but VANNA BLACK is not a [Game-show VIP?].
Speaking of Brooklyn, A TREE grows there. And if I’m reading the results right and the rules haven’t changed, Anne gets the tiebreaker over Tyler for third place in the finals, joining Dan and Howard. Excitement!
Randolph Ross’ Washington Post/CrosSynergy “Sunday Challenge”
- 18A. SVENGALI is a [Malevolent manipulator]. My friend Dave B referred to his kid (before birth) as Svengali B. His second kid–the first had been called Boutros-Boutros B. Was Howard B ever called BARKS?
- 23A. I THINK was the [Cartesian premise]. Cogito. Followed by ergo sum, therefore I am. Also, put Decartes before de HORSE. When sum hungry, I COULD EAT A one of those.
- 48A: Fred GWYNNE was the [Actor Fred who played the judge in “My Cousin Vinny”]. I love that movie, yet my first thought here was Fred Savage. Vinny was from Brooklyn.
- 61A. Is REESE’S a [Piece maker] or is it just Reese? Reese was a guy, REESE’S is neither a guy nor a company. It’s just a brand name.
- 33D. LAY ON is an [Order to Macduff]. I just don’t know what you’re telling Macduff to do or who Macduff is.
- 14D. KEITH Richards and KEITH Moon were rockers. Last time I was at the big IMAX it was to see the Rolling Stones, and a 50-foot tall close-up of Keith Richards’ face is…really something. Next time I will go to the IMAX will be in twenty minutes, when we leave for Avatar.
It’s been a pleasure hanging out with y’all. Safe travels back from Brooklyn, and I’ll e-see you soon!