NYT Sunday Puzzle – February 9, 2014

Title: It Was 50 Years Ago Today

The moment I saw the title, I knew exactly what it referred to – The Beatles first t.v. performance in the U.S. on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Their arrival at New York’s JFK was huge news. The Press was there in full force (the Beatles’ hair style was of major interest) as was the shrieking crowd of female fans.

I was 21 years old, had graduated from Queens College the previous June, was working for a small ad agency, and living with my parents in Laurelton, Queens. Watching the weekly Sullivan Show was a regular thing in our house. I had heard The Beatles’ songs on the radio, liked the songs a lot, and was very excited about the Fab Four’s first t.v. appearance. What stands out in my memory is that the screaming from the audience was so LOUD that the singing could barely be heard!

Now on to the particulars regarding this puzzle which commemorates the 50th anniversary of that event.

NYT Sunday Puzzle - February 9, 2014

The circles contain the names of the four Beatles with “Paul McCartney” and “John Lennon” starting at 9-Down and “Ringo Starr” and “George Harrison” starting at 11-Down.

105D. Instrument depicted by the circled squares in this grid = Guitar
3D. Craze caused by this puzzle’s subjects = Beatlemania
8D. Host for this puzzle’s subjects on 2/9/64 = Ed Sullivan
14D. Nickname for this puzzle’s subjects = Fab Four
17D. Song sung by this puzzle’s subjects on 6-Down’s show on 2/9/64 = “She Loves You”
70A. Much of the audience for 6-Down’s show on 2/9/64 = Teenagers
81D. Where this puzzle’s subjects got their start = Liverpool
86D. Song sung by this puzzle’s subjects on 6-Down show on 9/12/65 = “Yesterday”
110D. 1965 and 1966 concert site for this puzzle’s subjects = Shea (Stadium)

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