Archive for May, 2012

NYT Sunday Puzzle – May 20, 2012

May 22, 2012

NYT Sunday Puzzle - May 20, 2012

Title: Wisecracks

I got this fairly quickly. Dropping the letter “Y” from the end of a word in the theme answers.

23A. Chocolat, say? = Treat(y) of Versaille
39A. Macho drag queen? = A Stud(y) in Scarlett
50A. Like literary classics? = Good and read(y)
54A. Call to the bar? = Beer bell(y)
68A. Like a centaur? = Part(y) animal
70A. “Don’t let that youngster get off without paying!”? = Bill(y) the Kid
86A. Unbiased account? = Fair(y) tale
89A. Announcement made by a transplant surgeon, perhaps? = Liver(y) stable
97A. Stigmatize a “great” king? = Brand(y) Alexander
119A. Two reasons to avoid a dog kennel = The Sound and the Fur(y).

Clever and fun. That last one really had me chuckling.

The upper right section gave me the most trouble and nearly did make me “go postal” – the answer to 18D. Lose it. First, I filled in “Told a lie” for 16D. Was duplicitous. But even after getting 18 Down, I was stumped by 17D. Former co-host of “The View.” I’ve never watched that program, so I had no idea who it was. But after filling in enough other letters, I finally figured out the answer: (Rosie) O’Donnell.

35A. Word repeated four times in the last line of Shakespeare’s “All’s the world’s a stage” speech. An interesting clue. This is one of Shakespeare’s most famous monologues. I have, of course, read it more than once, but not recently. So, it took me forever to figure out the answer: sans. The last line: “Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

95A. Omelette ingredient. Note the French spelling. Answer: oeuf (the French word for “egg”)

Two baseball clues:

60A. Hall-of-Fame pitcher Joss. Answer Addie. Not a player I’d heard of. According to Wiki, Adrien “Addie” Joss was a pitcher for the Cleveland Bluebird/Naps 1902-10.

84A. Baseball’s strikeout king. Answer: (Nolan) Ryan.

33A. When repeated, an old New Orleans tune. Answer: Iko. Never heard of it, so I headed over to YouTube.

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NY Times Puzzle – Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 19, 2012

NY Times Puzzle - Thursday, May 17,2012

Theme: Songs whose titles are spelled out in the lyrics

The clues for the three 7-letter song titles are provided with the clues to other answers. The titles are spelled out in the next line of un-numbered squares.

20A. Response to a polite refusal/(next line) It’s spelled out in a Tammy Wynette hit.
Answer to 20A. I insist Song title: Divorce

31A. What a walk in the ballpark will get you/(next line) It’s spelled out in an Aretha Franklin hit.
Answer to 31A. One base Song title: Respect

42A. Young partner/(next line) It’s spelled out in a Travis Tritt hit.
Answer to 42A. Ernst Song title: Trouble

I’m familiar with the Aretha Franklin song.

However, I don’t follow Country & Western music, so I’d never heard of either of the other two songs. Now, via YouTube, I have.

NYT Sunday Puzzle – May 13, 2012

May 16, 2012

NYT Sunday Puzzle - May 13, 2012

Title: Indies

As they might say on Sesame Street, “Brought to you by the sound of the letter D.” That sound is added to one of the words in the theme answers which produces a silly phrase.

23A. Slogan for medical marijuana activists? = Weed shall oversome
36A. Persians who protect their feet? = The shod of Iran
50A. Entitlement to cross the stream first? = Right of wade
69A. “If you can’t bhave on this tour, I swear you’ll be sorry!”? = No more mister nice guide
88A. Big part of the dairy business? = Cheese trade
104A. Lost subject of a hit Beatles tune? = Wandering Jude
115A. Clothing-free version of the national pastime? = Whole nude ballgame

While I got the theme straight off, it was a struggle to finish this puzzle.

Some answers were easy:

79A. Hunt’s co-star on “Mad About You.” Answer: Reiser (Paul)
66A. It was published four years before “Moby-Dick.” Answer: “Omoo”
114A. Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer. Answer: Lin (Maya)
62D. “Tristm Shandy” novelist. Answer: Sterne (Laurence)
105D. Cary of “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” Answer: Elwes. Even though I haven’t seen the movie, I have heard of him. My problem was getting the spelling right.

Some answers totally stumped me:

19A. Mark who won the 1998 Masters. Answer: O’Meara. I used to follow the game but stopped well before ’98.
57A. Start of a “White Album” title. Answer: Obladi. Of course, I know this Beatles song, but I didn’t know that it was in that album.
33D. “Kubla Khan” river. Answer: Alph. I last read the poem too long ago to remember.
58D. Car in “Gone in 60 Seconds.” Answer: Porsche. Of course, I know the car, but I’d never heard of that movie.
103D. Dead Sea Scrolls writer. Answer: Essene

Once I got them, answers that made say, “Duh!”:

1A. One waiting in France? Answer: Garcon. I do speak French yet for some reason, this answer eluded me until the very end.
82A. Largest campus of Long Island Univ. Answer: C.W. Post

Answers that really annoyed me:

99A. Play double Dutch, say. Answer: Skip rope. When I grew up on the Lower East Side, we jumped rope.

123A. Feminine suffix. Answer: Euse. I wasn’t thinking along the lines of words like “chanteuse” and “masseuse.” Obviously, the puzzle constructor was.

Two clues in this puzzle refer to the Beatles. The Puzzle Genius is a huge Beatles fan. P.G., these are for you!

Happy Anniversary, J. and P.G.!

May 10, 2012

For Chef Daniel Humm, Another Well-Deserved Accolade. So, Party Time!

May 9, 2012

At the James Beard Awards on Monday, May 7th, Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park won the Outstanding Chef Award. As has been the case each time EMP has garnered a James Beard award – and a formidable list it is! – there’s been a celebratory party. Happily, we’ve been to most of them and were excited to be attending this one.

After a superb dinner at EMP’s new sibling, NoMad, Michael and I hoofed it over to EMP, arriving a little after 11 p.m. Although there were already lots of revelers, and the DJ – who had been on stand-by – was setting up, there were still several tables of EMP diners in the midst of their meal. At one of the tables, I noticed the famous duck being carved.

I was chatting with NoMad’s Chef de Cuisine Abram Bissel and his lovely wife when Daniel Green, EMP’s Assistant General Manager, who was standing close by, uncorked a bottle of Champagne and began spraying it around. I managed to make my way through the crowd to the side of the room away from the line of fire. Michael, however, got a bit soaked.

The D.J. spun the first record of the evening, “We Are the Champions,” and the party officially began. As people kept pouring through the revolving doors, the cavernous room became packed and LOUD. We eventually escaped upstairs to the private rooms where I snapped a couple of photos.

Eleven Madison Park JBA Party 2012

Congratulations, Daniel! It’s been quite the ride the past five years, and we’re thrilled to have been there to share it with you every step of the way.

NYT Sunday Puzzle – May 6, 2012

May 7, 2012

NYT Sunday Puzzle - May 6, 2012

Title: A-V Club

I got the meaning of the title immediately: Two-word answers, the first word beginning with “A,” the second with “V.” But filling in the puzzle was a whole other kettle of proverbial fish. When I started, it didn’t look promising. But this was one of those puzzles where I could hardly get anything at the beginning but slogging away at it, and not giving into the urge to give up, brought the ultimate successful result.

23A. Have, say = Auxiliary Verb
38A. They’re likely to blow = Active Volcanoes
46D. Some succulents = Aloe Veras
50D. Brandy, for one = Aqua Vitae
65A. Not seeing eye to eye = At Variance
68A. End of the main part of the Constitution = Article VII
89A. Electrical pioneer = Alessandro Volta
114A. Common houseplant with colorful blooms = African Violet