Patrick Berry’s New York Times crossword—Amy’s write-up
This 64-worder is, as you’d expect from Patrick, smooth. Lower-word-count puzzles don’t tend to have much in the way of showy marquee answers, but SILVER LININGS straight down the middle is nice, and I rather like TURTURRO, TEN-GALLON HATS, GOOD TO GO, and a film critics’ SCREENER DVD. Can you drive a stick-shift? I cannot, but I have a vague idea of what CLUTCHES do.
On the down side, there are two UPs: DUG UP and FOLD UP.
- 6d. [Martial arts film hit], CHOP. Not “hit film,” but “film hit,” meaning a hit that’s in a martial arts movie.
- 50a. [Playwright who wrote “Hell is full of musical amateurs”], SHAW. Wait. Does this mean I’m going to hell? Or does not even trying save me from Shavian damnation?
- 51a. [Grammys competitor], ARTIST. I was trying to think of a 6-letter music award. The VMAs, the CMAs, the Billboard Music Awards … none of those are 6s.
Not entirely convinced that people who listen to vinyl records call that audio appliance a PHONO. Turntable seems most common, along with record player and phonograph. I don’t remember people calling ’em PHONOs back in the ’70s, for that matter.
4 stars from me.
Ed Sessa’s LA Times crossword – Gareth’s write-up
What a bizarre and flimsy theme! While I find the “wild animals shouldn’t be in captivity” mantra simplistic – since all domestic animals were, at some point, wild until they were domesticated, the use of CIRCUSELEPHANTS is certainly controversial. The association between elephants and PEANUTS (WORKSFORPEANUTS) is mostly a pop cult trope, with little grounding in reality: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/three-myths-about-elephants-you-probably-believed-and-three-amazing-facts-you-ll-be-glad-to-know-8990796.html . Then AUTOMOBILETRUNK, where a TRUNK is a part of an elephant… So one animal, one thing it is believed to be fond of, and one body part.
Friday bits: Tough geography – LAC clued as [Senegeal’s pink water ___ Rose]; though it was certainly inferrable. Some tough tech jargon in BACKLINK. On looking him up, I recognize DONADAMS, though I had no idea he had a name. Nice to see DINESEN and not ISAK for a change – “Out of Africa” author.
Not sure what to make of this…