David Kwong’s New York Times crossword
Grr. The applet wasn’t registering my “Done” click and I angered it by clicking a second time. Poof! Puzzle vanished. Ergo, a solution grid courtesy of XWord Info.
Just read an Entertainment Weekly interview with Garrett Morris, ’70s SNL star. Did you know he’s on that Two Broke Girls sitcom now? The article mentioned his “beisbol been bery, bery good to me” skit. You know what” Beisbol not been bery good to me. It mostly bores me. At least today’s theme is inspired by baseball literature rather than baseball trivia. Yay! CASEY, mighty Casey, who struck out in “Casey at the Bat,” caused there to be NO JOY IN (fictional, right?) MUDVILLE. And his three [Strike]s here are defined as a MILITARY ASSAULT, LABOR PROTEST, and BOWLING SCORE. Nicely conceived and executed idea. There’s also a little CHICK LIT in the fill, and most of the fill’s smooth. Nobody’s too excited by ENTO-, -ATIC, ENE, OLEO, OLAF, ARNO, UNUM, APSE, SITU, or PLEB, but I whooshed past most of those without noticing. They’re no sore-thumb BLOATER, is what I’m saying.
When I typed PLEB up there, I mistakenly typed the scientific word BLEB. That sent me off Googling it … and then doing a Google image search … and then reading a story of a horrendous rattlesnake bite that caused a giant bleb on the guy’s hand and damn near killed him. Click through if you like such stories and aren’t squeamish.
Jack McInturff’s Los Angeles Times crossword – Jeffrey’s review
Best theme ever! I’m sure Sam will agree. Theme answers:
- 32A. [Org. concerned with the word spelled by the starts of 18-, 24-, 36-, 54- and 59-Across] – IRS
- 18A. [Porterhouse relatives] – T-BONE STEAKS
- 24A. [Hannibal Smith underling] – A-TEAM MEMBER
- 36A. [Any of five Wolverine films] – X-MEN MOVIE
- 54A. [Some online shoppers] – E-BAY BIDDERS
- 59A. [Pot holder, perhaps] – S-SHAPED HOOK
All legit theme answers, if not quite things you say every day.
I wish this wasn’t in the puzzle today: 65A. [Immunity agent] – T-CELL. Too theme-y.
I wish these crossed at the !: 69A. [Board game with an exclamation point in its name] – SORRY! and 55D. [Internet giant with an exclamation point in its name] – YAHOO!
What’s with all the M’s in the middle? We’ve got 25D. [Injure severely] – MAIM, 26D. [Marceau, notably] – MIME, and 34D. [Sra.'s French counterpart] – MME.
What’s with all the ID’s in the middle? 38D. [Caesar's "I saw"] – VIDI and 39D. ["__ it my way"] – I DID. Wait … M-ID … MIDdle! Awesome.
Two guys with a connection to Montreal: 50D. [Actor Quaid and pitcher Johnson] – RANDYS.
Yes, that is how it is spelled: 41D. [Former Romanian president] – ILIESCU.
A great Canadian: 62D. [Hockey great] – ORR.
You had me at TAXES. ****1/2 stars.
Randolph Ross’s CrosSynergy/Washington Post crossword, “Berry Truly Yours” – Sam Donaldson’s review
Here’s the 4-1-1 on today’s 4/11 crossword–it features five expressions beginning with a word that can also precede “berry:”
- 20-Across: An ELDER STATESMAN (“elderberry”) is a [Prominent and experienced government official].
- 25-Across: [Fergie, for one] is a BLACK-EYED PEA (“blackberry”). I got a feeling there’s a good joke here and I’mma be embarrassed that I can’t find it.
- 38-Across: RED TAPE (“red berry”) refers to [Piles of paperwork, perhaps]. Do yourself a favor and stay away from the red berries.
- 45-Across: The [Beantown hub] is the LOGAN AIRPORT (“loganberry”)
- 52-Across: A STRAW IN THE WIND, while new to me, is apparently a [Slight hint of something to come]. Never heard of it, but I sure know my way around a “strawberry,” having consumed many of those beauties over the years.
Five berries is a lot, but it’s interesting that the most famous Berry of crosswords, Patrick, is nowhere to be found here. And where’s the raspberry? What, RASP LIKE DARTH VADER wouldn’t work? Sheesh.
The fill was a mixed bag. I really liked LITE FM, PADMA Lakshmi (hubba hubba!), MEET UP, ON DECK and even ROOF WORK, but UCLANS? Seriously? Someone who went to UCLA is a UCLA-n? Does that make me an Oregon Statesman? Other ugly bits were the suffix -IVE, ONE MO, and SAAR.In the end, the puzzle was very like a berry–some sweetness, some tartness, and the occasional annoying seed that sticks in our teeth.
Updated Wednesday night:
Matt Jones’s Onion A.V. CLub crossword
Encyclopedia BRITANNICA is getting out of the business of printing actual multi-volume encyclopedia books. (“Really?” you are asking. “They hadn’t stopped that years ago?” I know.) So Matt takes a nostalgic look back at the things a kid could only use the print edition for, not the online version. EXTRA STEPS / FOR A SLINKY, STABILIZING / WOBBLY TABLE LEGS, and REACHING FOR / A COOKIE JAR.
My favorite things in this puzzle are WOBBLY TABLE LEGS, EMILE ZOLA, TILDA Swinton, and Ken JEONG. I want to love PBJ CRUSTS, but it feels somewhat stilted to me.
Adam Cohen’s Celebrity crossword, “Wayback Wednesday”
MIKE WALLACE, the longtime 60 Minutes reporter, died at the ripe old age of 93 this past weekend. In his honor, here’s a crossword looking at the early years of his career:
- 13a. MIKE WALLACE, [1960s-2000s "60 Minutes" reporter who left us last Saturday: 2 wds.]
- 25a. BIOGRAPHY, [Celebrity profile series hosted by 13-Across from 1961 to 1964]
- 35a. NIGHT BEAT, [1950s interview program hosted by 13-Across: 2 wds.]
- 49a. WHO’S THE BOSS, [1950s game show hosted by 13-Across that shares its name with a Tony Danza sitcom that began in 1984: 3 wds.]
Plus two of his colleagues:
- 6a. SAFER, [Morley who was a longtime "60 Minutes" colleague of 13-Across]
- 55a. STAHL, [Lesley who was a longtime "60 Minutes" colleague of 13-Across]
I’d never heard of any of those early Wallace shows. In my defense, I had not been born yet and never watched TV at that time.