NYT Thursday Puzzle – March 13, 2014

NYT Thursday Puzzle - March 13, 2014

Theme: Provided by 13-Down: Kid’s art activity…or something seen four times in this puzzle’s solution. Answer: Color by number. Ergo, each color sits next to a number on the grid.

4D. Bureaucracy = Red tape/5D. Mashie niblick = Six iron (red/six)
9D. 2010 installment in the Call of Duty series = Black ops/10D. Like some primitive graphics = Eight bit (black/eight)
33D. Teal relative = Sea green/34D. Not too hard a golf hole = Par three (green/three)
42D. Sunbathe = Get a tan/43D. “Piece of cake” = Easy one (tan/one)

I got the color part but totally missed the connection to the next-door number. (Thanks, Rex Parker!) I was surprised that I managed to complete this puzzle as I found it rather challenging. And doing so without making any mistakes was definitely a welcome bonus! It came down to one letter, and since I didn’t know the correct answers to either the across or down clues, I guessed “D” – and, obviously, guessed right.

30A. One of the vertices of the Summer Triangle = Deneb/30D. Vietnamese currency = Dong

When I read the comments about this puzzle on Rex’s site, I was glad to see that I wasn’t the only one who found problems with some clues, including out-and-out mistakes.

Re: the theme clue. Much more common would be “PAINT by numbers.”

5-Down. Mashie niblick. An obsolete club, its modern day equivalent would be the 7 iron, not the 6.

22-Down. SFO opponent in the 2012 World Series. “SFO” is the code for San Francisco Airport. The San Francisco Giants are listed on the scoreboard with only two letters: SF.

34-Down. Not too hard a golf hole. Many golfers would argue that a par 3 can be quite difficult.

In the category of learning something new every day:

30A and 30D (See above.)  While I have some vague recollection of Vietnam’s currency still needed to guess), I had never heard of the Summer Triangle, so I Googled. Via Wiki, it’s “an astronomical asterism involving an imaginary triangle drawn on the northern hemisphere’s celestial sphere, with its defining vertices at Altai, Deneb, and Vega, the brightest stars in the three constellations of Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra, respectively.”

12A. Country that calls itself the “Abode of Peace.” Answer: Brunei

15A. Like only one Best Picture in Academy Award history (1969). Answer: Rated X. And that would be Midnight Cowboy. (I had to look it up.)

35A. Rembrandt van _____. Answer: Ryn. I’ve always seen it as RIJN. I gather that this answer is a variable.

62A. 11th-century founder of Scholasticism. Answer: Anselm. (Via Wiki, Saint Anselm of Canterbury)

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