Sunday, July 22, 2007

Monday, July 23 - Randall J. Hartman

There are two things I love to see in puzzles. One is circles...

...and the other is anagrams! Put 'em in my puzzle, and I'm a happy solver.

Today's theme is TOPS, with the five theme answers ending in some variation on those four letters.

17A: Traps off the coast of Maine (lobster pots).

28A: Ball catcher behind a catcher (back stop). Is that a person...or are they talking about the fence? I do like that its B crosses at 28D: Points on a diamond? (bases). Good tie, and clever cluing to boot.

34A: Source of disruption to satellites (sun spot).

42A: Sleeveless shirts (tank tops). I've been wearing them whenever I can get away with it. These hot, humid (for Colorado) days are getting old.

56A: Gotham tabloid (New York Post).

For a Monday puzzle, that's a pretty clever theme, and the rest of the fill ain't too shabby.

1A: Toast to one's health (salud). Nice crosses at 3D: Jerry Lewis telethon time (Labor Day) and 4D: Andrew Carnegie corp. (US Steel).

26A: Part of a TV catchphrase from Howie Mandel (no deal). Other multiple word answers include 32A: Identical to (same as), 47A: Goad (egg on), 42D: Thus far (to date) and 44D: Music genre for Enya (New Age).

My favorite multiple word clue was 13D: "Little" shepherdess of children's verse (Bo Peep). Funny, I never thought of her as a shepherdess before.

I liked 39D: Designer letters (DKNY). According to their website, DKNY is not just about clothes. It's about a lifestyle. For years, I didn't know that it stood for Donna Karan New York. I thought it was a new take on a brand that I knew years ago...Donkenny.

I'm so glad to see Opie back in his rightful place (52A: Mayberry lad). I take personal issues with the idiot clued last week as Opie. See the comment posted by Lee at Diary of a Crossword Fiend. I think his link was on the word rude.

I didn't know 12D: Georges who composed "Romanian Rhapsodies" (Enesco) but was able to get it from crosses. I know Enesco as the maker of Precious Moments, the figurines with the big teardrop-shaped eyes. I also thought it was the name of the stadium in Denver...no, that's Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium. I haven't been there since they rebuilt and renamed it. Apparently, Mile High Stadium wasn't a good enough name.

It made me laugh to see blooper (41D: Knee-slapping goof) in the grid, just because it's such a funny-looking word. Bean pole (36D: Tall, skinny guy) also made me laugh, for personal reasons. I'm 4' 11" now, so you can imagine how short I was in 6th grade...but one girl was calling me names and that was what she came up with. Don't know why I remember this now.





As you can see, I had already started highlighting before I remembered to scan the puzzle. I usually highlight before I blog...so that my random thoughts don't appear to be quite so scattered.

It's Monday...back to the grind for some. Although it's not so bad when you love what you do. And I do...I'm so blessed.

Linda G

5 comments:

jlsnyc said...

donkenny! haven't thought about donkenny in years. shades of the once eagerly-anticipated august edition of seventeen magazine...

;-)

janie

rock rabbit said...

Having immediately filled in VIM for 19A, I convinced myself that REVLON (of all companies!) had invented teflon and nylon. Maybe that's why those materials have names ending in "LON", I reasoned (as a nod to the parent company); and maybe they were first developped as experimental fingernail strengtheners? Duh. Maybe just call me bimbo.

Wendy said...

Omigod Janie, mentioning that August edition of Seventeen - man that brings back memories. I can still smell the paper stock of that damn thing; it was intoxicating and the coming of fall always seemed a hopeful time in an otherwise very troubled adolescence. A young woman who worked for me as an intern a few years ago works there now and I just love hearing her stories. She mainly writes about sex.

jlsnyc said...

sex in seventeen?!?!?! oh, wendy, it's a new world indeed! (of course, in many ways: thank goodness!!)

;-)

janie

cornbread hell said...

am humbled to say i did not notice the circling o-p-t-s.

thank you.