Friday, 3/30/12

NYT 7:23 
LAT 4:18 
CS 4:31 (Sam) 
CHE 4:32 (pannonica) 
Tausig untimed 
WSJ (Friday) 10:34 (pannonica) 
Celebrity untimed 

Joe Krozel’s New York Times crossword

NY Times crossword solution, 3 30 12 0330 Krozel

We have an extra row in this puzzle thanks to the central quad-stack having an even number of rows. Listen up, I am about to fall asleep so let me just review the 15s:

Two at the top, NO NEED TO THANK ME and I MEAN IT THIS TIME: These are wonderful, colloquial, chatty. Don’t put them together into a single statement, though.

The middle quad has the coveted TRIPLE WORD SCORE from Scrabble and its imitators, along with a snoozy RESIDENTIAL AREA (familiar phrase, yes, but flat and full of super-common letters), some gross IMITATION BUTTER (is that a thing? is it something other than margarine? I might like it better clued as the bottled flavoring, but that might make it a 15-letter partial), and BEATS ONE’S BREAST.

At the bottom, we have a 1991 Jackie Chan movie called OPERATION CONDOR, which I have no recollection of (it surely is no Drunken Master). Googling … Sequel to Armour of God. May or may not have seen it; husband and I had a Jackie Chan phase at some point. The other 15 down yonder is LONG-TERM PARKING, which was developing into PONG-TERM-something for a good long while because I had POPE for 52d: [John Paul II, e.g.]. Great mislead for POLE!

I don’t recall anything truly grievous in the Downs crossing the paired and quad-stacked 15s, though pluralizing ZELDA is pushing it. Four stars.

Pancho Harrison’s Los Angeles Times crossword

LA Times crossword solution, 3 30 12 Harrison

If you haven’t been following pop culture continuously since the ’70s, you might find this theme mystifying. For me, it landed mostly in familiar territory. The trick is puns built with two celeb last names, clued as surname/surname mailbox labels as if they were apartment roommates:

  • 17a. PITT/CRUISE, [Actor roomies/ mailbox label that sounds like racing groups?]. Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, pit crews on a car-racing track.
  • 24a. CAAN/MANN, [Actor/flutist roomies' mailbox label that sounds like a crook?]. James Caan or his son Scott Caan, plus an unidentified flutist named Mann (I bet one of you knows his or her first name), con man.
  • 32a. HART/RAITT, [TV host/singer roomies' mailbox label that sounds like a vital sign?]. Mary Hart (I forget what she is/was on), Bonnie Raitt, heart rate.
  • 45a. ROLLE/BARR, [Actress/comic roomies' mailbox label that sounds like an auto safety feature?]. Esther Rolle of Good Times (’70s sitcom), Roseanne Barr, roll bar.
  • 51a. SKYE/CAPP, [Actress/cartoonist roomies' mailbox label that sounds like an airport employee]. Ione Skye, Al Capp, skycap.
  • 63a. TOWNE/CRYER, [Screenwriter/actor roomies' mailbox label that sounds like an old announcer?]. Robert Towne, Jon Cryer, town crier.

It’s good that there’s that consistency of every name being spelled differently from its sound-alike pun word. I knew 11 of the 12 names. How many were familiar to you?

I like seeing ICARUS and DREAM UP in the grid, though I could do without ENIAC, HESSE, and OLA. We hardly ever see GYN in the grid, do we? Here it is at 12d, [MD for women], no fuss. Cruciverb.com’s database shows that it’s been in the mainline crosswords a whopping four times before in the past five years. Is it just that the letters aren’t so useful to constructors, or has it been deemed quasi-inappropriate for the Sunday breakfast table? I wonder.

Three stars.

Updated Friday morning:

Martin Ashwood-Smith’s CrosSynergy/Washington Post crossword, “Hidden Treasures” – Sam Donaldson’s review

CrosSynergy/Washington Post crossword solution, March 30

68-Across says there’s ORES in them thar theme entries, i.e., that they’re the [Hidden treasures (found in the middles of 17-, 26-, 45-, and 60-Across)]. Once again, Ashwood-Smith has found four 15-letter entries that contain the same letter sequence in the center. This is fast becoming another trademark gimmick for him.

The theme entries this time:

  • 17-Across: [Babe Ruth, in 1914], was a BALTIMORE ORIOLE. I wouldn’t have been able to tell you that without the BALT- in place from the very easy northwest corner.
  • 26-Across: BLACK FOREST CAKE is the [Dessert with cherries] that I had trouble figuring out. I’m not a big fan of cherries atop my desserts, so black forest cake has never been on my dessert radar. Given that I’m trying to lose weight to fit into my wedding suit, though, that’s probably for the better anyway.
  • 45-Across: A SONG TO REMEMBER is a movie I don’t remember. All I can tell you is that it’s a [Merle Oberon/Paul Muni movie of 1945].
  • 60-Across: A SOPRANO RECORDER is a [High-pitched woodwind]. In the fourth grade we all had to purchase recorders for use in music class. Were we playing soprano recorders or something else? Beats me–we just called them “recorders.” I graduated to the clarinet in fifth grade and never looked back, but I enjoyed playing the recorder. I remember learning the recorder sequence in the middle of this song. (It’s at the 1:56 mark if you want to keep your ears from bleeding.)

I like how the Ts and Ls in the middle give the grid a Tetris vibe.  The 10-letter non-theme entries, ON OCCASION and especially The DATING GAME, are a nice touch. But there’s also ARRET, RETAR, and (shudder) EASER in there, and I confess they were noticeable distractions.

Jim Holland’s Chronicle of Higher Education crossword, “In Bloom” — pannonica’s review

CHE crossword • 3/30/12 • "In Bloom" • Holland • solution

Spring must be in the air, as March comes in like a lamb, leaves like a shivery lion, and gives way to April flowers. Technically speaking, we have puns based on some anatomical structures of the reproductive organs of angiosperms.

  • 17a. [Flower parts that can be used to drive mule trains?] PISTIL WHIPS (pistol-whips). The pistil is “a single carpel or group of fused carpels usually differentiated into an ovary, style, and stigma.” To pistol-whip is to beat with a pistol. Lovely. Incidentally, there is an interesting variety of images to be seen in a Google search for gun flower. Not sure where the mule train element comes in.
  • 27a. [Avid pursuer of flower parts?] SEPAL CHASER (steeplechaser?). The sepal is “one of the modified leaves comprising a calyx.” A steeplechaser is one who participates in the sport of steeplechase. Either variety.
  • 47a. [Flower part that produces a musical effect?] WAH-WAH PETAL (wah-wah pedal). Yes, I’m continuing with the definitions. The petal is “one of the modified often brightly colored leaves of the corolla of a flower.” Wah-wah. Sorry, just wanted to type that again.
  • 64a. [Flower part that doesn't match its flower?] WRONG ANTHER (wrong answer). Well, that’s an interesting way to finish up a theme, nominally incorrectly! The anther is “the part of a stamen that produces and contains pollen and is usually borne on a stalk.”

"This is a featured picture on Wikimedia Commons (Featured pictures) and is considered one of the finest images. This file was a candidate in Picture of the Year 2007." Presumably one of the reasons it wasn't the winner is that it neglects to indicate that the ovary, style and stigma comprise the pistil.

(All definitions graciously provided by m-w.com in exchange for… nothing really. Okay, for this unpaid and tepid endorsement.)

The puns may not be the freshest, but they’re good enough to bring a smile. What I really appreciate is that each themer includes a structure from the one of the four major concentric whorls of a flower: the calyx [SEPAL], the corolla [PETAL], the androecium [ANTHER], and the gynoecium [PISTIL]. Those last two, the innermost, constitute the male and female components, so the puzzle also provides equality of gender representation. I appreciate that kind of balance. Most of these terms derive from LATIN, which is also the [Language used for legal terminology] (38a).

Of the four, I was more pleased with the latter two than the first pair, because they are more basic, less adorned entities. The verb PISTIL-WHIPS takes a suffix -s, while SEPAL CHASER has the -er suffix; both of these have the effect of diminishing autarky(while of course providing the needed word lengths).

After I’d finished the puzzle, I was kind of wishing it had been constructed with radial symmetry to resemble a flower, the kind of thing that Elizabeth Gorski excels at. Despite that admittedly unreasonable desire, I found the puzzle to be a satisfying solve, with a minimum of dross and a generous amount of interesting fill and clues.

Just a few notes:

  • 34d [ __ Beach (Operation Overlord location)] UTAH has a WWII clue, while its neighbor 35d [Place to go on a ride] MIDWAY opts not to have one, the noted island from the Pacific theater.
  • On the other hand, 33d and 45d share the same clue—[Molten rock]—for LAVA and MAGMA. The intersecting 26d DHOW and 37a OMANI have an explicit “Arabian” connection.
  • With a few letters in place at 20a, I figured [Former pitcher Valenzuela's nickname] was EL NIÑO, like the influential weather system, but it turned out to be EL TORO; for superficial resemblance, or something about his disposition?
  • With all the biological structures, I felt a soupςon of remorse that MANTLE was clued in the realm of baseball rather than mollusk (and bird) anatomy.
  • The twinned PRIMAL and SEPTIC are a potent combination (8d&9d).
  • Some of the Higher Education Vibe™—here with Greek mythology—for the humdrum ASHES and BOAR. The Phoenix and the Calydonian Hunt, respectively. Some relatively highbrow popular fiction in Jane Smiley’s A Thousand ACRES and NEAL Stephenson’s Snow Crash.
  • Favorite clue: the minimal [Least fair] for UGLIEST (52a).

Next week: the birds and the bees?

Pancho Harrison’s Wall Street Journal crossword, “TV News Pun-dits” — pannonica’s review

WSJ (Fri) • 3/30/12 • "TV News Pun-dits" • Harrison • solution

It’s exactly what the title implies: puns involving the names of television news personalities.

  • 22a. [Fox News's Brit in a snit] HUME ANNOYED (humanoid).
  • 33a. ["Rock Center" contributor Ted in good spirits?] HAPPY KOPPEL (happy couple).
  • 38a. [Lavish "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley with gifts, say?] SHOWER STAHL (shower stall).
  • 55a. [Carefree romp for MSNBC's Rachel?] MADDOW LARK (meadowlark).
  • 64a. [Apt moniker for Greg and Bryant's unstoppable careers?] GUMBEL MACHINE (gumball machine).
  • 79a. ["60 Minutes" reporter Morley as an apartment manager?] SUPER SAFER (super saver).
  • 92a. [Gets pushy with former CNN host Paula?] PRESSES ZAHN (presses on).
  • 99a. [CBS anchor Scott's reaction to a joke?] PELLEY LAUGH (belly laugh).
  • 115a. [Take Fox News's Alan ashore and dump him on the sand?] BEACH COLMES (beach-combs).

I was familiar with all but one of the puzzle’s pundits, Scott PELLEY being the exception. Most of the base words and phrases are unexciting, but the wordplay is enjoyable enough to make it worthwhile. It ends on a mildly sour note, as the original beach-combs is a bit awkward, with that suffixal -s.

Lots of fun and interesting stuff in the ballast fill. In the northwest is EL CID [Hero who fought the Moops] and the ever-so-slightly redundant tie-in at 26a [Where 1-Across is un heroe venerado] ESPAÑA. (Don’t know what the WSJ typographical guidelines are, but héroe should have an accent there on the e.)  SUBPOENA, ENTHUSED, VANDYKE, SAND PEOPLE, LEILANI ["Sweet" girl in a Bing Crosby song], CYMBALS, all interesting. The long DOOLITTLE, RESOURCES, and NEW ORLEANS are okay, but are comprised of predominantly common crossword letters.

A few odd short entries are tucked in here and there:

  • 24a [Org. for once-a-month swabbies] USNR, United States Naval Reserve.
  • 27a [Honorary deg. from Yale] LLD, Legum Doctor (Doctor of Laws).
  • 54a [ __ tamid (synagogue lamp)] NER.
  • 59a ["__ be married, my grave is like to be my wedding bed": Juliet] IF HE, an unusual partial.
  • 110a [One of five in NYC] BOR., not boro (short for borough).
  • 122a [Three times, in prescriptions] TER, Often seen abbreviated in the formation t.i.d., ter in die (three times a day).

Just a few more very brief notes:

  • TYBALT, NEMEA, IONA (via MacBeth). Lit-ra-cha.
  • 80a RAMIE [Flaxlike fiber] completely new to me.
  • JET LAG, GUTSY, good letter combos.
  • Partials A GIRL and A MEAN? A Meh.
  • [Part of UTEP] PASO. Without the EL, it looks naked. At least UTEP wasn’t in the grid itself. A nother meh.
  • [Moonfish] OPAH, which is also called a sunfish. Go figure. Not to be confused with the MOLA, also known as the ocean sunfish. Opah, mola… Oprah, Uma…

And that’s the way it was, March 30th, Twenty-twelve.

Ben Tausig’s Ink Well crossword, “It All Revolves Around You”

Ink Well crossword solution, 3 30 12 "It All Revolves Around You"

The puzzle’s not really about an egotist, but rather about phrases in which the two letters surrounding a U are rotated:

  • 17a. GET ON THE SUB, [Movie about an undersea protest event?].Get on the Bus is a Spike Lee joint with Ossie Davis and others getting on a bus to go to, I think, a protest march in D.C.
  • 41a. BEER GUM, [Orbit product for adults only?]. Eww. Eew. Euww.
  • 65a. SENATE LURES, [Briefcases full of lobbying money, e.g.]. Senate rules are subject to change.
  • 11d. COCK RUSE, [Crowing before sunrise as a prank, say?]. Playing on cocksure, aka arrogant. Is this the same clue as what appeared in the print Onion? I solved the version Ben emailed out in his “Weekly xword” Google group mailing.
  • 40d. SAND NUDE, [Figure in a Saharan studio drawing course?]. Wouldn’t really want to be naked on a sand dune, personally. Too much reflection of UV rays burning all the bits. I don’t tan well.

The theme’s all right, no great shakes. I don’t have much else to say about the puzzle. I love seeing PINHEAD clued as 48a: ["Hellraiser" villain]. Rather silly-looking horror villain, if you ask me. I don’t know what Pumpkinhead‘s villain looks like, but that is a silly-sounding name for a horror villain. Didn’t know 31d: SABLE = [Flaky whitefish]. I don’t know that 24a: [Bathroom door word] is quite on target for MEN’S. Don’t most “men’s room” doors just say MEN? And then the “women’s room” doors say LADIE’S.

3.25 stars.

David Kahn’s Celebrity crossword, “Sports Fan Friday”

This theme was a big “Who??” for me.

  • 16a. CHRIS PAUL, [NBA star who was traded last December: 2 wds.]. Who? I know nothing about him. Not in my wheelhouse.
  • 22a. CLIPPERS, [Los Angeles team that 16-Across now plays for].
  • 38a. ALL-STARS, [A league's best players: Hyph.]. I gather Chris Paul’s an All-Star in the NBA … but I still don’t know who he is.
  • 44a. POINT [___ guard (position played by 16-Across)].
  • 46a. FAST BREAK, [Play often run by 16-Across: 2 wds.]. Fast Break! That’s the name of a candy bar, right?
  • 3d. ASSISTS, [Important statistic for 16-Across].
  • 32d. HORNETS, [New Orleans team that 16-Across used to play for].

Probably a fun puzzle for Chris Paul fans, or NBA fans in general, but a lot of work-the-crossings business for me today.

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31 Responses to Friday, 3/30/12

  1. Jeffrey says:

    NYT: Possibly the cleanest quad stack ever. Great clues and solid crossings. I don’t see a realize to give it less than 5 stars.

    LAT: Mary Hart was on Entertainment Tonight.

  2. pannonica says:

    Herbie MANN, of course. One of his best turns was on Sarah Vaughn’s 1955 Verve record with Clifford Brown. One of his worst turns was deciding to pose for this album cover. 1971, as if you needed to know.

  3. Jared says:

    Can someone please explain CS 54A to me? Thanks!

  4. David says:

    Jared, in the context of 54A, ‘shaver’ refers to a youth, usually a young man. Dundee is a city in Scotland, thus, the clue is asking for the Scottish term for a young man. Interestingly, the etymology of ‘shaver’ doesn’t appear to be at all related to the etymology of ‘shave’.

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/shaver

  5. Jared says:

    Thanks – all I could interpret it as is “one who shaves Crocodile Dundee”.

  6. ArtLvr says:

    David, if a Shaver or youngster isn’t related to the chip off the old block, what etymology did you find? If I didn’t ask, Loren would… Kudos to Joe Krozel, quite a clever construction!

  7. Gareth says:

    Now this a quad stack puzzle I actually appreciate! It Starts with a great 1A clue! It has traps, I fell for them: TEeS (golf cart), POpE (I too stared at PONGTERM for too long!), atEAm (not ONEAS). My other great d’oh moment was, on confronted with MANT?MAN: “What the hell is Manta Man defense???”) I disagree that one is unlikely to take ones business to a RESIDENTIALAREA, even though I got that answer easily. Around here at least there’s tons of businesses in residential areas…

  8. pannonica says:

    ArtLvr: The etymology is the one David linked to, at Wiktionary, though the chain back to a Sanskrit root is described as a postulation.

  9. cyberdiva says:

    When did the Chronicle of Higher Ed finally update its page to include today’s puzzle? For ages, the last puzzle listed was “Center of Gravity.” I assumed there was some long spring break. Finally, early this week “Iggy Noramus” was added. I thought it was strange that the date was 3/16, but at least they had moved on from Center of Gravity. It never occurred to me that they would then go on to list two more puzzles in the few days since I had last checked. Oh well…. I’ll resist the urge to draw conclusions about the state of higher education. :-)

    I enjoyed the NYTimes’ puzzle, though I fell into some of the same traps others have described. Also EPIC, which kept fighting in my brain with ESTHER. For the longest time, I thought the winner was EPIC. Thankfully, I do the puzzles on paper, so I don’t have to fess up to my completion times.

  10. Howard B says:

    PONG-TERM PARKING here at first too.
    The last time I used that parking area at Newark International, that @#$*& pixelated square ball caromed off a wall and dented my side door. Next time, I just hop through highway traffic to the terminal, Frogger-style.

  11. ArtLvr says:

    Thanks, David and panonnica – I didn’t see the link in the wee hours…

  12. Bruce N. Morton says:

    Superb NYT, with effortless, elegant stacked 15. SE toughest area.

    Also very nice Monday-level by MAS. But I thought the Baltimore Orioles didn’t come into existence until 1954, after Babe Ruth’s death. Weren’t they the St. Louis Browns before that?

    A Song to Remember was one of my favorite movies as a kid. It was a romanticized, purported biography of Chopin with Jose Iturbi as the pianist. I saw it at age 9 or 10 when I was first starting to learn Chopin Nocturnes and Waltzes (probably prematurely, but that’s another issue.) So I was charmed and blown away by the film, though it was ludicrously miscast. I saw it again many years later, as an adult, mostly to hear Iturbi’s playing through my cynical adult ears–and to my surprise, it held up pretty well. Ludicrous miscasting was a fact of Hollywood life in those days. It was just ignored. The funniest instance was casting Katherine Hepburn as Clara Schumann–(I forget the name of the movie). Clara was about 4″11″–what’s the current polite way of saying quite chubby, with expansive horizontal dimensions? (stacked 15′s???) :-) It would be fascinating to know how well she could actually play, but there is evidence that she really had the chops.

    Yes, a soprano recorder is usually just called a recorder. There is an alto recorder, and maybe a tenor recorder–not sure.

    Bruce

  13. Alan H. says:

    Bruce, I also had that reaction to the Babe Ruth clue. Turns out the Baltimore Orioles were a minor league team at the time and first signed Ruth. They then traded him to Boston not long after.

  14. janie says:

    this may be tmi, but here’s the wiki link to the Baltimore Orioles — which spells it all out. looks to me, though, like the article is not up-to-date where the uniform is concerned. am fairly certain the team’s cap is once again embroidered with the “team logo” bird and not the cartoon insignia. (whoops — a visit to the o’s own site sheds new light on the subject!)

    ;-)

    (baw’mer girl)

  15. Matthew G. says:

    There have actually been two different major-league Baltimore Orioles franchises. The current one, which moved to Baltimore from St. Louis in 1954, and the team currently known as the New York Yankees, which played its first two seasons in the American League as the Baltimore Orioles before moving to New York in 1903. In between, there was that minor league team.

  16. Lois says:

    Operation Condor was an enjoyable movie. You may indeed have seen it, Amy, during your Jackie Chan phase and liked it better than you remember. I couldn’t remember the name of the film until almost the last square, and then I remembered the film itself. I really thought I’d get a big break there, but it wasn’t one. Luckily, the rest of the puzzle was fairly gentle.

  17. Torbach says:

    Pannonica – the mention of the Sarah Vaughn/Clifford Brown album has taken my mind completely off puzzles: curses, and thanks! Mann has a nice solo in “Lullaby of Birdland” but “I’m Glad There is You” is my favorite for Sarah and Clifford – though it’s hard for me to limit it to one favorite with that record.

    Oh, right: crosswords! Hats off to Pancho for his Bifecta? … Exactwo? …Threepeat, minus one? Where’s the puzzle in Chicago, so you could cruciverbally rule the entire country? Joe’s stacks flowed nicely today, too – and, though merely a bit o’ fill, I liked seeing SYNTAX.

    Howard: would you mind just eating the cars, pacman-style, so we can all breeze through the airport next time? Jersey strong!

  18. Bruce N. Morton says:

    Thanks, Matthew and Alan. I figured there was some explanation.

    Bruce

  19. joon says:

    baseball digression: the baltimore orioles of the international league were not just any minor league team. back in those days, the independent minor leagues were their own thing, not beholden as farm teams to the majors. after babe ruth, the orioles enjoyed the services of lefty grove, one of the game’s all-time great pitchers, for many seasons, before the philadelphia A’s finally ponied up enough cash to make it worthwhile for them to sell him. (he promptly led the league in strikeouts and ERA for his first seven AL seasons!) so yeah, that was an odd clue for BALTIMORE ORIOLE (as opposed to cluing it with, say, cal ripken or something like {Charm City ballplayer} or even the bird), but an enjoyable one for me.

    pannonica, i agree with you about the inflected forms of the CHE base phrases being somewhat awkward. i think SEPAL CHASE and BRAKE PETAL would have been nicer. and i was wondering why MANTLE wasn’t clued as geology, but i guess there’s already the LAVA/MAGMA combo.

    the WSJ puzzle rubbed me the wrong way all through the solve. tons of irksome little fill bits. i counted four A + noun partials: A GIRL, A NAME, A MEAN, A PAR, and some odd unfamiliar crosswordese-looking words that i’d never encountered before, NER and RAMIE. with letters like that, you figure if they were at all useable as fill, you’d see them all the time. the biggest reason i didn’t like it, though, was more me than the puzzle: i just don’t care about these pundits, so there was no joy in seeing their names punned.

  20. Amy Reynaldo says:

    I guess Joon and Pannonica (capitalized!) weren’t buying themselves any ramie sweaters around 1985-1990 when the fiber first broke out on the scene and into my wardrobe.

    Special thanks to Pannonica for the Herbie Man 1971 link. I flashed that image at my husband this morning and rather startled him. Who the hell wields a flute that way? What’s with the odd pelvic-thrust posture?

  21. Brad Wilber says:

    Hi, all,

    Feel free to mosey on into the Forum’s Island of Lost Puzzles to catch my self-edited themeless puzzle for the month of March. My web site is in flux at the moment and I’m not sure when or in what form I will reinstate it.

    Brad

  22. Tuning Spork says:

    But it’s the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane.

  23. Jeff Chen says:

    Whoo, the POPE/EPIC vs. POLE/EPOS corner killed me. Five minutes of being baffled before convincing myself EPOS might actually be a real thing! Good workout.

  24. Bruce N. Morton says:

    Just out of curiosity, I don’t know why “pluralizing Zelda” is “pushing it.” Don’t we see clues and entries like that all the time, e.g. {Tan and others} or {Reynaldo and others} for —- ?

    Bruce

  25. jane lewis says:

    scott pelley is on 60 minutes and now also does the cbs evening news. katie couric left cbs evening news last year and scott pelley succeeded her.

  26. Jared says:

    Panonica, I really enjoyed your CHE review – just thought you might like to know.

  27. Alex says:

    Brad — if you’re reading — you’re welcome to host your puzzles on CrosswordButler.com. Drop me a line. boisvert42, gmail.

  28. Meem says:

    How wonderful to be “forced” to dig out and play Herbie Mann music!

  29. Martin says:

    We haven’t had to snipe at the Newsday in a while. The editing has been much improved of late. But today we had a regression. [Urban surroundings] cluing BURBS, the — you know — slangy abbreviation of “suburbs.”

    It wasn’t the worst clue of all times but it reminded me to post a 1922 Boston Globe crossword that Barry Haldiman found. It’s over at the Island of Lost Puzzles:
    http://www.crosswordfiend.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1033

  30. Evad says:

    Martin, I “unspammed” your original comment. Maybe the criminality of that puzzle is what set off our filter.

  31. pannonica says:

    “Inflected”! Why could I think of it when I needed it (in both reviews)? Thanks, joon!

    Thanks for the kind words, Jared.

    And I’m glad everyone enjoyed the Herbie Mann info, high and low.

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