Happy Thanksgiving! May you all get your fill of your favorite side dishes and holiday desserts, and ponder things that you’re grateful for.
Brian J. MacDonald’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
The theme is STATE / POSTAL CODES, and there are three theme answers that play on those 2-letter state abbreviations:
- 17a. [*Place where kids aren’t found now], MONTANA NEST. Montana’s code is MT, which you can sound out like “em-tee,” which sounds like “empty.”
- 27a. [*Whenever], NEBRASKA TIME. NE time, any time.
- 44a. [*Air passenger’s request, maybe], ILLINOIS SEAT. IL seat, aisle seat. This one feels a bit different to me, as eye-ell is not at all how I pronounce “aisle.”
There are 50 of these state codes out there. How many others can be sounded out like words? There’s OK, “okay,” but that’s often just spelled as “OK” so that would be inelegant.
Three more things, all literary:
- 16a. [“My Orcha’d in Linden ___” (classic poem)], LEA. So classic, it doesn’t ring a bell at all! The poet is one William Barnes (never heard of him), who apparently wrote a lot in the Dorset dialect, which I am unfamiliar with. Here’s the poem, in which oak is “woak,” over is “auver,” and sunshine is “zunsheen.” “I be free to goo abrode, / Or teake agean my hwomeward road.” Well! Look at all these words that could be in crosswords if only the editors would accept Dorset dialect.
- 48a. [Spanish dramatist ___ de Vega], LOPE. Nice alternative to the walking-related verb. Cervantes called him “the Phoenix of Wits” and “Prodigy of Nature” because he wrote a huge amount.
- 8d. [Film for which Gregory Peck had the highest-paid performance of his career, with “The”], OMEN. I read the paperback novelization with stills from the movie when I was about 11.
Not loving the fill overall, but it’s not much different from your standard Monday through Thursday NYT puzzles, ALL SMILES, GO TO TOWN, and the SMELL TEST are particularly nice, though.
Brendan Emmett Quigley’s website crossword – “Black Friday” — Ben’s Review
Happy Thanksgiving! I wrote this the night before, so I’m probably elbow-deep stuffing a turkey by the time this goes live (my folks eat Thanksgiving at 2pm so that there’s plenty of time to eat, nap, and pick at the leftovers), but BEQ is looking even far ahead into the future with this Thurday’s “Black Friday”
As is so often the case with these things, the name of the game is in the title:
- 18A:With 19A, holier-than-thou —
- 29A: With 31A, easy existence — LIFEO/
- 36A: With 38A, Southern delicacy — CHICKEN/
- 45A: With 47A, green — ECO/
- 58A: With 60A, people on the edge? — LUNATIC/
As the title suggested, treat the black squares between the connected entries like the letters FRI and all of the phrases make sense. Other nice fill: BALSAMS, RIT as in ritardando rather than Rochester Inst. of Tech. (puzzlewriters: stick an RHIT in the puzzle!), IKE Barinholtz of the Mindy project, EGO SURFED, PRILOSEC, BIKEPATH, KATYDIDS
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy good food and don’t fight with that one uncle too much.
Nora Pearlstone’s LA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
The theme is a bunch of verb phrases beginning with “Giving”, the “giving” part being given. I preempted THANKS at 1A, but that’s actually at 71A.
So, [Giving ___]: ADVICE, PERMISSION, CONSENT, DIRECTIONS, THANKS, ASSISTANCE, LESSONS, BLOOD, ABSOLUTION, BIRTH.
With theme everywhere, there’s isn’t much room for grace notes. CENACLE was unusual, and unknown, extra-Biblical Christian terminology! WINGSPAN along with its clue evoked Super Trumps, whether deliberately, or not.
Donna S. Levin’s CrosSynergy/Washington Post Crossword, “Table Talk” —Ade’s write-up
Hey there, everyone Hope all are having a good Turkey Day. Today’s crossword is very appropriate give today, with the grid presented to us by Ms. Donna S. Levin. Each of the last words in the theme entries is a word closely associated with Turkey Day servings! Eat up!
- STERILE DRESSING (17A: [Wound care application])
- ANKARA, TURKEY (26A: [Capital that is home to the Museums of Anatolian Civilizations])
- I YAM WHAT I YAM (42A: [Catchphrase of Popeye the Sailor Man])
- MISS AMERICAN PIE (55A: [Symbolic figure in a 1971 Don McLean rock anthem])
If anything, the inclusion of PRESS KITS, something that I get almost every single time I cover any sort of sports event, made solving this grid a fun experience (3D: [Publicist’s handouts]). And not too far from that entry was EDITORS, and it made this editor a very proud crossword solver (5D: [Marty Baron in “Spotlight” and Perry White in “Superman”]). Can’t really stay any longer, as I’m at my mother’s place and the turkey is done. Dinner time!
“Sports will make you smarter” moment of the day: STONES (25A: [The Rolling ______]) – Current England international soccer player John STONES plays as a defender for English Premier League club Manchester City FC.
TGIF tomorrow! See you then!