Sunday, June 22, 2014

NYT 9:58 (Amy) 
Hex/Hook untimed (pannonica) 
LAT 8:05 (Amy) 
Reagle 7:50+ (Amy) 
WaPo 9:15 (Gareth) 
CS 37:55 (Ade) 

Liz Gorski’s New York Times crossword, “Dime Store”

NY Times crossword solution, 6 22 14 "DIme Store"

NY Times crossword solution, 6 22 14 “DIme Store”

Ten of the 12 longest Across answers include a cent sign (¢), formed by crossing a C in the Across answer with an I in the Down answer. Here are the places where things add up to TEN CENTS:

  • 23a. [2014, for Doublemint gum], CENTENNIAL crossing 1d. [Dangerous part of an alligator], TAIL.
  • 25a. [Mexican president of the early 2000s], VICENTE FOX crossing 12d. [Percocet, for one], PAIN PILL.
  • 40a. [Middle-of-the-road], CENTRIST also crossing PAIN PILL.
  • 44a. [Like mother-of-pearl], IRIDESCENT crossing 45d. [Town on the south shore of Long Island], ISLIP.
  • 66a. [Several days ago, say], RECENT PAST crossing 68d. [Like some patches], IRON-ON.
  • 70a. [Bugs that technically are misnamed], CENTIPEDES crossing 58d. [Articles in a paper], WRITE-UPS.
  • 93a. [Agent’s cut], PERCENTAGE crossing 71d. [Actress who co-starred in “The Lincoln Lawyer”], TOMEI.
  • 96a. [Total value of the symbols created by the special crossings in this puzzle], TEN CENTS crossing 97d. [“Honest!”], I SWEAR.
  • 113a. [Something square to eat?], DECENT MEAL crossing 106d. [Right hand], AIDE.
  • 116a. [Defendant’s cry], I’M INNOCENT crossing 117d. [Actor McKellen], IAN.

I know what you’re wondering: “How did you get those ¢ symbols in there??” It’s easy on a Mac: option-4 (simple to remember, as the 4 key also has the $ on it). At any rate, neat twist on the two-way rebus square concept.

I know what else you’re wondering: “Did Amy meet any blog readers today?” Yes. Yes, I did! Greetings to longtime Fiend readers Karen and her husband Spence. Karen and I visited the Art Institute, where she shared her ample knowledge about Georgia O’Keeffe, and then we all went out for Krombacher Pils. (Chicago people: If you know any beer aficionados, it’s hard to find a richer beer list than at Howells and Hood, in the Tribune Tower.) Karen and Spence solve the puzzles together (skipping the easy ones, grateful for BEQ’s “Themeless Monday” puzzles tiding them over till the Fireball comes out) and then come to the blog to see whether I shared their opinion of the puzzle.

Rough start to the Sunday puzzle, with 1a. [Letter-shaped opening in a machine shop], T-SLOT atop 19a. [Goonlike], APISH. The crossing SPEED TRAP is great but those two answers were kinda ugly. Other salutary entries include HOT PLATE, RAVIOLI, MASTHEAD, and SIDE BET. These were offset by a number of Scowl-o-Meter triggers, such as the second row’s APISH EBRO ADANO ERLE, TRA LA, SSRS, I OWE, IRAE, AME, EDER, ENROBE not clued in relation to chocolate (come on! when do you ever see ENROBE in any non-chocolate context?), EAR TO/EYE ON, POLA, and SO A.

I had trouble piecing together 28a. [Tyler Perry, to Katy Perry, e.g.], NO RELATION. Was thinking it was one terrible word like NONRELATIVE but it turned out to be the very much in-the-language NO RELATION. Her real last name is Hudson, so…. I also spent some time eyeballing this answer to figure out what the theme was, but it’s just a 10-letter non-theme entry.

3.5 stars from me.

Postscript: Daniel Finan had a Sunday NYT under a year ago with both $ (S/I) and ¢ (C/I) squares in it, plus long answers having to do with finan(ce). That one, I gave the rare 5-star rating to. A tad surprising to see a much simpler version of his theme today—perhaps Liz’s puzzle was accepted first but ran later?

And back in 2011, Brendan Emmett Quigley self-published a 15×15 puzzle with a $ (S/I) feature and financial phrases as theme answers. Matt Gaffney gave that one 5 stars.

Henry Hook’s CRooked crossword, “Homophones” — pannonica’s write-up

CRooked • 6/22/14 • "Homophone" • Hook • hex/hook, bg • solution

CRooked • 6/22/14 • “Homophone” • Hook • hex/hook, bg • solution

The theme features—you guessed it—homophones. Specifically, homophones featuring a long-o sound. Not uncoincidentally, “homophone” itself contains the \ō\ sound; anywhere from one to three, depending on your pronunciational  proclivities.

  • 23a. [Fact about a magic Singer?] WISHING MAKES IT SEW (sew/so).
  • 49a. [“My group approves almost everything”?] HOW LITTLE WE NO (no/know).
  • 69a. [Overheat some plums?] DO A SLOE BURN (sloe/slow).
  • 83a. [“I __ to my virtuous upbringing”?] OWE MY GOODNESS (owe/oh).
  • 112a. [What a Broadway composer’s biographer did?] KEPT A LOEWE PROFILE (Loewe/low).
  • 16d. [Ziegfeld, during rush hour?] FLO OF TRAFFIC (Flo/flow).
  • 17d. [Deer too impatient to bake?] RAW COOKIE DOE (doe/dough).
  • 62d. [Caviar for Cain?] MURDERER’S ROE (roe/Row).
  • 63d. [Two concerns for Cupid?] BEAU AND ARROW (beau/bow).

Note that the pivotal \ō\ sounds appear variously at the beginnings, ends, and middles of the phrases. Note also that there are plenty of permutations for the spelling changes. Makes it all very expansive.

les_hobeaux_vintageJust a handful more thematic observations. Broadway proper noun duad with Florenz Ziegfeld and Frederick Loewe—lends an unbalanced quality. Clue for 17-down seems a bit more awkward and far-fetched than the others. Liked the confluence in the southwest: YEW [Longbow material] crossing Cupid’s ARROW (though there’s a transitive duplication with his ‘BEAU’), and also the perfectly parallel …ROE and …ROW. And of course, the fully stacked vertical theme pairs.

No eschewal of long-Os outside of the theme, so there are plenty to be found: FRO, VIVA VOCE, GO FOR, SCOLDS, OBESE, ROLES, COAL TAR, WILL O’-GTO, SAY-SO, and so on. This sort of thing seems to be a constructor’s dilemma: go for the wow factor of having a specific theme element not replicated anywhere else in the grid but introduce enormous constraints (and potentially dubious compromises) to the fill, or be more casual and come away with higher-quality overall fill? Since the majority of solvers won’t notice the virtuosic flourish of the former approach, and the latter approach has a stronger influence on the cumulative solving experience, in general it’s the better way to go. But there are always exceptions.

  • chipkidd_thelearnersFrom Frederick LOEWE to not-exactly Alan Jay LERNER. That is, 81a [Student] LEARNER. See also, 9d [Recipients] TAKERS.
  • 97d [Reddish] RUFOUS, 100d [Sly] CRAFTY. Am now thinking of Reynard the Fox.
  • 40a [Beezer] SNOOTBeezer is not a word I’d heard before, certainly not in this sense.
  • 89a [Cell component] RNA. What a strange, vague, incomplete clue.
  • 41d [Cartoonists’ award] REUBEN. Bestowed by the National Cartoonists Society for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, named in honor of Reuben ‘Rube’ Goldberg.
  • 114d [“More overleaf” (abbr.)] PTO, for “please turn over,” which is also new to me. Am familiar with the terse “over”, as well as “cont”/”cont’d”, and the more demonstrative curved or looped arrow. See also 41a [Right-hand page] RECTO. Both of these entries contain that \ō\
  • Favorite clues: 53a [Alternative to fish] CUT BAIT; 84d [Critter in a pop song?] WEASEL.
  • And we end with a bit of trivia. 124a [What Hitchcock used as blood in “Psycho”] SYRUP. Reputedly, it was Bosco chocolate syrup.

No outright scowlworthy junk, a fine crossword.

Bob Klahn’s Sunday Challenge CrosSynergy crossword —Ade’s write-up  

CrosSynergy Sunday Challenge crossword solution, 06.22.14

CrosSynergy Sunday Challenge crossword solution, 06.22.14

Hello everyone, and here’s hoping you’re having a very good start to your Sunday!

Mr. Bob Klahn, we meet again! Another very challenging puzzle, and this was another uphill battle (but a very fun one). On the subject of fun, the back-to-back cluing of SNAP AT (21A: [Attack like a crocodile]) and SNIPE AT (22A: [Attack like a marsh bird]) was just that, and thank goodness that I watched a documentary on birds a couple months ago that mentioned snipes. Without that, wouldn’t have even figured out the mislead to that clue. Almost knew from the off that ICE SKATE was needed in the slick clue that it had (9D: [Half a pairs pair]), since I’ve definitely watched my share of pairs figure skating.

The Northeast, even with a few answers filled in, was tough, because of the across answers. I just wasn’t making the connections I needed to so I can get the answers. THE JIG IS UP had me at sea, since I was thinking about what people would say when they’re done with some sort of work or a project, not done with evil doing and having a scheme come to an end (5A: [“We’re finished]). I’ve come across I AM A CAMERA a few times in grid, either as a clue or as a grid entry, and still can’t recall it from memory (16A: [1951 play on which “Cabaret” is based]). The long clues in the Southwest were easier to suss out, and was so psyched that ON LOCATION came into my mind right away when seeing its clue (50A: [Shooting away?]). Some of my college days were spent sipping on the bootleg, $2 wine, and one of my roommates always had Mad Dog 20/20 in the house, the SNEAKY PETE of his choice (55A: [Homemade hooch]). Again, a lot of challenges, and a typically slow time for me when doing a Klahn puzzle, but still always a fun time to be challenged by his devilish cluing. Thanks for the brain exercise…now to stare into space for about 15 minutes to recover!

“Sports will make you smarter” moment of the day: PASADENA (19A: [“The Big Bang Theory” setting])– The number of full episodes I’ve seen of The Big Bang Theory? Zero. The number of entire Rose Bowl football games I’ve seen? At least 25. The January 1 college footballing extravaganza in Pasadena, which includes the Tournament of Roses Parade earlier in the day, is a yearly football game in Pasadena, Calif. that matches up the champions of the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference. USC has won the most Rose Bowl appearances (33) and wins (24), while Michigan has the most Rose Bowl Game appearances (20) and wins (8) of any Pac-12 team. The 2014 Rose Bowl game saw Michigan State defeat Stanford 24-20.

Another week in crossword puzzling down, guys!! Thanks for the fun, and will talk with you tomorrow, when another CS/WaPo crossword week begins in earnest!

Take care!


Merl Reagle’s syndicated Sunday crossword, “Who Are We?”

Merl Reagle crossword solution, 6 22 14 "Who Are We?"

Merl Reagle crossword solution, 6 22 14 “Who Are We?”—circles not in puzzle as published

Merl’s latest offering has a meta angle to it—after solving the puzzle, if you haven’t figured out what the theme is, you need to study it more closely until it gives up its secrets. I finished the puzzle without having a clue what the theme was, but a couple minutes of eyeballing the asterisked answers and looking for hidden words gave up the secret. It’s the key words from the classic tale of “The Three Little Pigs” (video with written and spoken text here):

  • 22a. [“Soon It’s Gonna Rain” musical *], THE FANTASTICKS. House of STICKS built by the second Little Pig (it’s blow-downable and the wolf eats him).
  • 29a. [Brat Packer who wrote “Love Life” *], ROB LOWE. “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll BLOW your house down,” the Big Bad Wolf says.
  • 32a. [Ice cream flavor *], STRAWBERRY. The first Little Pig makes a house of STRAW, also blow-downable, and the wolf eats him.
  • 50a. [“Eyes Wide Shut” *], KUBRICK’S LAST FILM. The third pig builds a house of BRICKS, and he builds it to code to withstand lupine tornadic winds.
  • 61a. [The ___ (nickname for each season’s recurring villain on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) *], BIG BAD. The BIG BAD Wolf.
  • 70a. [Former World Bank head *], PAUL WOLFOWITZ. Big Bad WOLF.
  • 82a. [Like Leno *], CHINNY. The pigs all deny entrance to the wolf by saying “Not by the hair on my CHINNY-chin-chin.”
  • 91a. [Batting-practice contraptions (this involves two theme words) *], PITCHING MACHINES. “Chinny-CHIN-CHIN.”
  • 108a. [“Fanatics & Fools” author *], HUFFINGTON. “I’ll HUFF and …”
  • 111a. [North Atlantic birds *], PUFFINS. “… I’ll PUFF and …”
  • 122a. [Query to a grump *], WHAT’S EATING YOU? Not sure, but I think the EAT and YOU are attributed to the Big Bad Wolf. The video retelling of the story that I linked to above doesn’t include any “I’ll EAT YOU up,” but it feels familiar.

Fun and sneaky theme! If you’re like me, CHINNY and the one-two punch of HUFFINGTON and PUFFINS is what pointed the way towards the theme … although Merl’s note to solvers says “The answers to the 11 asterisked clues all have something in common, which should become clear about halfway through.” Halfway through! Um, not for me. I wasn’t paying close attention to the asterisks while solving.

Three more things:

  • 6a. [What a single coin gets you on a pinball machine], ONE PLAY. Hang on, are we talking about the Kennedy half dollar coin here? Or the mystical 75¢ coin? There aren’t a lot of places where you can still play pinball for a quarter. (Also, with PITCHING MACHINES in the grid, I’d have preferred not to see “machine” in a clue.)
  • The inclusion of 11 theme answers makes for a harder-to-fill grid, and the result is a little more blah fill than I like to see. Partials SO NEW, A CODE, NEED BE, IN A, A TYPE, IN YOU (and three of those partials right in the 1-Across section, starting the puzzle off on a blah note). Crosswordese ODA in a variant ODAH spelling, plus OONA and INE and 57d. CGS, [Meas. system that includes dynes and ergs] (that stands for the centimeter-gram-second system of units). Actually, looking over the whole grid, I see less bothersome stuff than I felt while solving. It really is important to have a good opening corner, because it can color the entire solve. Those three partials put me in an “ugh” frame of mind rather than a “ha!” one.
  • You may have asked yourself what Peter SCOLARI (54d. [Hanks’s “Bosom Buddies” co-star Peter]) has been up to lately. Oh, look! He didn’t vanish into suburban dinner theater as I’d suspected. He plays Hannah/Len Dunham’s dad on Girls, and has done single-episode appearances on a slew of TV series.

3.8 stars from me.

Mike Peluso’s syndicated Los Angeles Times crossword, “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da”

LA Times Sunday crossword solution, 6 22 14 "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da"

LA Times Sunday crossword solution, 6 22 14 “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da”

Sound-change theme this week, and it’s that rare creature: a sound-change theme that doesn’t leave me grousing about regional variations in pronunciation. The long E sound that ends “Ob-la-di” turns into the “ah” sound at the end of “Ob-la-da”:

  • 23a. [Clancy explaining the spelling of his name?], THERE’S NO “I” IN TOM. “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team'” is the original.
  • 38a. [Victoria’s Secret seasonal line?], SUMMER BRAS. Summer breeze.
  • 64a. [Trading Clue, Monopoly, Life and Boggle?], FOUR-GAME SWAP. Four-game sweep. The number portion feels slightly arbitrary … although I guess sweeps can apply to best-of-7 playoff series as well as a 3-game series during the regular baseball season.
  • 75a. [Monastery grounds?], LAND OF THE FRA. Free.
  • 98a. [Bathrooms decorated in denim?], LEVI’S JOHNS. Jeans.
  • 116a. [Character in “Satanic Star Trek”?], SPOCK OF THE DEVIL. Speak.
  • 17d. [Gorgeous farm gal feeding the pigs?], SLOPPING BEAUTY. Sleeping.
  • 49d. [Stain left by a pool disinfectant?], CHLORINE BLOTCH. Bleach.

Mild levels of amusement with the changes, which is better than utterly absent levels of amusement.

Never heard of: 103d. [Strategic WWII island in the Northern Marianas], TINIAN. It is tiny but has been inhabited for 4,000 years. Did know, from crosswords: 16d. [Faulkner vixen Varner], EULA.

The grid includes lots of 6s and 7s, with lively bits such as MACHETE, ALI BABA, THE BETSY, BRONKO Nagurski (one of the all-time best football names), ATLANTIS, “SILLY ME,” TINY TIM, and SASHAY.

I wondered if [Tiny stinger] was off base as a clue for 121a. FIRE ANT, if the ant is more of a biter. Apparently it just clamps down with its mouth while it jabs its abdominal stinger full of burning venom.

3.75 stars from me.

Patrick Berry’s Washington Post crossword, “The Post Puzzler No. 220” – Gareth’s review

The Post Puzzler No. 220

The Post Puzzler No. 220

Today’s puzzle is a 25/64 with two 3-letter words, fresh fill and minimal junk. Guess the constructor. Surprise, it’s Patrick Berry!

I think I’ll approach this one stack by stack. The slight trade-off to this puzzle is the four corners are fairly walled-off, which could’ve been frustrating if the puzzle was more challenging.

The puzzle starts with [First mate?] which is a double-fake! Pavlov’s Guide to Crosswords will probably tell you to think Genesis, but it is fact the modern colloquialism BESTIE, short for “best friend”. Perfect 1-across! BIGBUCKS , TITLEIST and SNOWCONE are also top answers. Crosswords teach us to spell the latter SNO but the W version seems at least as common. The trade-off? Well, KENS is a plural first name; that’s about it. Other remarks? [Result of H. pylori infection] for ULCER – my understanding is that Helicobacter pylori (not a fan of the H. in the clue, which should only be used when the genus has already been established) is a commensal that, in response to an initial insult, can overgrow and prevent healing. I know we have a medical doctor or two in the house? Care to give us a better (correct?) explanation? [Deposits beneath the soil] was a masterful clue for INTER.

SCRABBLE/THELORAX/EASTWEST/WITHEASE is another fabulous stack. I especially loved the clue [Book featuring a Whisper-ma-Phone, a Super-Axe-Hacker, Gluppity-Glupp and Schloppity-Schlopp]. The approach [Obstinate] for CUSSED was a surprise!

The bottom-left had two tough-for-me proper names TRUJILLO, Peru & The Chevrolet CHEVETTE [Subcompact introduced in model year 1976], which sounds a lot grander than it turned out to be! [Metal bass guitarist Robert] would’ve made TRUJILLO a lot easier for me, but I think the city is a far better option on balance! More geography in that corner comes from downs HEBRIDES and MOJAVE!

The bottom-right was by far the hardest corner for me: [Back] is a tough angle for tricky-to-parse-in-any-case INVESTIN. BOAVISTA was another unknown piece of geography. I eventually clawed my way up from the bottom. [Catch phrase?] for IGOTIT was the best clue, and very tricky to suss it was!

Low word counts in and of themselves add nothing to the joy of solving a puzzle. Having a bunch of fun, fresh answers and playful clues is what makes a puzzle sing for me: and this one had those qualities in spades: 4.5 Stars.

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31 Responses to Sunday, June 22, 2014

  1. pannonica says:

    My wind cooling my broth
    Would blow me to an ague, when I thought
    What harm a wind too great at sea might do.
    I should not see the sandy hour-glass run,
    But I should think of shallows and of flats,
    And see my wealthy Andrew dock’d in sand,
    Vailing her high-top lower than her ribs
    To kiss her burial. Should I go to church
    And see the holy edifice of stone,
    And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks,
    Which touching but my gentle vessel’s side,
    Would scatter all her spices on the stream,
    Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks,
    And, in a word, but even now worth this,
    And now worth nothing? Shall I have the thought
    To think on this, and shall I lack the thought
    That such a thing bechanced would make me sad?
    But tell not me; I know, Antonio
    Is sad to think upon his merchandise.

    – The Merchant of Venice (I, 1: Salarino)

    From time to time I have acquainted you
    With the dear love I bear to fair Anne Page;
    Who mutually hath answer’d my affection,
    So far forth as herself might be her chooser,
    Even to my wish: I have a letter from her
    Of such contents as you will wonder at;
    The mirth whereof so larded with my matter,
    That neither singly can be manifested,
    Without the show of both; fat Falstaff
    Hath a great scene: the image of the jest
    I’ll show you here at large. Hark, good mine host.
    To-night at Herne’s oak, just ‘twixt twelve and one,
    Must my sweet Nan present the Fairy Queen;
    The purpose why, is here: in which disguise,
    While other jests are something rank on foot,
    Her father hath commanded her to slip
    Away with Slender and with him at Eton
    Immediately to marry: she hath consented: Now, sir,
    Her mother, ever strong against that match
    And firm for Doctor Caius, hath appointed
    That he shall likewise shuffle her away,
    While other sports are tasking of their minds,
    And at the deanery, where a priest attends,
    Straight marry her: to this her mother’s plot
    She seemingly obedient likewise hath
    Made promise to the doctor. Now, thus it rests:
    Her father means she shall be all in white,
    And in that habit, when Slender sees his time
    To take her by the hand and bid her go,
    She shall go with him: her mother hath intended,
    The better to denote her to the doctor,
    For they must all be mask’d and vizarded,
    That quaint in green she shall be loose enrobed,
    With ribands pendent, flaring ’bout her head;
    And when the doctor spies his vantage ripe,
    To pinch her by the hand, and, on that token,
    The maid hath given consent to go with him.

    – The Merry Wives of Windsor (IV, 6: Fenton)

    Yes, I just did that thing.

  2. pannonica says:


    Yet few of these far majesties, ah, few!
    Have bared their operations to this globe—
    Few, who with gorgeous pageantry enrobe
    Our piece of heaven—whose benevolence
    Shakes hand with our own Ceres; every sense
    Filling with spiritual sweets to plenitude,
    As bees gorge full their cells.

    – from Endymion (Keats, 1818)

  3. Amy Reynaldo says:

    I have never once been enrobed with ribands pendent.

  4. Jim Horne says:

    By strange coincidence, I was at the Art Institute of Chicago today as well. Too bad I didn’t run into Amy – that would have been fun. I was there for the preview of the new René Magritte exhibition called The Mystery of the Ordinary. (It opens to the public on Tuesday and is well worth seeing.)

    It occurred to me while I was there that Magritte might be the crossword lover’s surrealist painter of choice. Especially during the years he worked in Paris, Magritte was concerned with the deep meanings of words as things, as symbols, and as vehicles for intentional misdirection and even dissonance. “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” and all that. Sounds like a crossword to me. And speaking of dissonance, I caught the local symphony yesterday. There are few more glorious experiences in life than Muti conducting the CSO playing Mahler. I do love Chicago.

    As for the puzzle, typical delight from the constructor whose own artistic grids might someday hang in a museum. Poor Peter O’Toole (120 Across.) He never did win an Oscar for a specific role but he did get an Honorary Oscar Statuette in 2003 engraved “Whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.” Here, here!

    • pannonica says:

      Philosophically, perhaps. Pragmatically, it’s DALI. Unfortunately.

      • Bencoe says:

        ERNST gets around.

      • Papa John says:

        I don’t get it. Why is the inclusion of Dali in a puzzle “unfortunate”? Is it simply because you prefer one artist over another, for whatever personal reasons you may have? Magritte, Ernst, Mondrian, Klee are not better or worse fills than Dali, although I would argue that Dali is the least obscure of this particular list and, therefore, more suitable for the average solver.

  5. john farmer says:

    One other element to the theme. Maybe it’s implicit in your write-up, but perhaps not. Each “¢” symbol begins a four-letter CENT string in the Across answer. That makes it a bit more than just a simpler version of the Finan puzzle from a year ago.

    That said, you could argue there’s some common root words in the theme, but I don’t think that’s a problem here.

  6. Tuning Spork says:

    So that’s why I was feeling the deja vu while solving.

    Constructor synchronicity is a strange thing. Times aplenty I’ve been working on a grid when someone/paper publishes an identical theme/gimmick.

    The cake-taker was a couple of years ago when I’d half-filled a grid with the revealing entry CHECKMARK. Surnames of four or five Marks where contained in checkmark-shaped circled square patterns (WAHLBERG, KNOPFLER, etc). BEQ posted the exact same thing before I could finish. Freakin’ freaky.

  7. Pauer says:

    I’m rather partial to Mondrian, myself.

    • pannonica says:

      Not surrealism. But I do feel PIET should be better represented in crosswords.

      • pauer says:

        I’ll see what I can do.

      • Brucenm says:

        Didn’t we just see Klee somewhere? And we do encounter Munch, but not enough to scream about it. Of course they’re not surrealists.

      • Gareth says:

        My favourite Piet is rocker Botha, but I doubt more than around 5 Americans know who he is, even if his band Jack Hammer briefly featured Billy Bob Thornton on lead vocals.

  8. Over at, Jeff Chen points out that there are no C’s in Liz Gorski’s puzzle, other than in the locations of the “cent” rebuses. So that’s elegant, for sure! Re some theme overlap with Daniel Finan’s magnificent puzzle, this is a discussion we’ve had before, in other contexts. “Great minds think alike,” and all that … a year and a half ago, the New York Times published a magic square theme, by Liz, leaving another brilliant constructor, David Kahn, with no obvious outlet for essentially the same idea. Fortunately, David’s opus was salvaged as the Sunday morning offering in the 2014 ACPT.

    • ahimsa says:

      Thanks for pointing that out! I did notice that all the ¢ symbols were found at the beginning of CENT patterns. But I had not noticed that there were no other Cs in the puzzle.

  9. David Halbstein says:

    I went out to dinner last night and for dessert I had “Triple Chocolate Cake ENROBED in chocolate sprinkles”. For the one-cent squares I put in IC; the Across Lite rejected all ten of them, correcting them to CI.

  10. Sunday morning seems the perfect time to sit late enrobe. Also while speaking poetically,
    ee cummings has more ways to say “yes” than anyone I know. Those would make a terrific crossword.

    • sbmanion says:

      I am somewhat partial to Molly Bloom :)


      • Brucenm says:

        How many pages did it take her to say “Yes?” I think I might have dated her in my youth, but I probably fell asleep. I loved Liz’s puzzle, even if there is some overlap with other puzzles. That sort of thing doesn’t bother me as much as it seems to bother others. How many great pieces of music feature a “How Dry I Am” (sol, do, re, mi) theme? Answer — a great many.

  11. sbmanion says:

    I thought this was an elegant puzzle and pretty tough for me. I must be terribly sheltered as I usually do not think of ENROBE in the context of chocolate.

    See if you can think of the highest rated soccer game ever in the United States. Eighteen million people watched it. I am hoping that more than 20,000,000 watch today as I have finally begun to appreciate how great these athletes are.

    Answer: Think Brandy Chastain.


  12. sbmanion says:

    It was the one we won against China when Brandy dis-enrobed after her gold medal winning goal in the shootout. Later in a classic ESPN commercial, Brandy is seen playing a game of foosball with three NBA players. She scores the winning goal and starts jumping for joy. The NBA players stare at her expectantly.


  13. Brucenm says:

    I can’t believe the negativity for the LAT (Sunday, I mean). A most interesting and well-executed sound pun puzzle, (even somewhat challenging in spots), which I enjoyed greatly.

    • Amy Reynaldo says:

      I agree, Bruce. I heard a negative reaction to it before I solved it and was expecting something grievous, but I liked it.

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