Yeah...we lost again. But it was a much better game than last night's and held my attention throughout. It'll be interesting to see how the Red Sox do on Rockies turf...they just might have trouble breathing at that altitude.
This was my favorite DQ puzzle, and I'm not just saying that because I finished it. The clues were fresh and the fill some of the best I've seen.
1A: News Corporation-owned Web site that's one of the 10 most visited sites in the world (MySpace). I don't have a MySpace...it's all I can do to keep up with this blog and the others I read.
15A: "Cab," e.g. (red wine)...as in Cabernet. Had the answer but didn't get it straight away.
17A: What the key of D minor has (one flat). I have trouble remembering the number of flats or sharps in particular keys, but this one was easy to figure out. Sharp wouldn't fit with a number, so I knew it was flat...and it had to be one.
19A: Driving distance is a concern in it (PGA tour). It just doesn't get any better than that.
22A: Miss Gulch biter (Toto). I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.
32A: Buries (trounces)...rhyming with yesterday's jounces.
46A: Taper (VCR). Boy, that one threw me. I was thinking about candles and was sure that VC was wrong. Even when I got 47D: "Way to go, dude!" (rock on), I couldn't figure out how that was a taper...then it hit me.
54A: Flips (has a cow). I don't know how in the world I got that one right off, but I did.
The final six across answers were all superb: 57A: Not-so-good feeling (malaise), 59A: Former field food (K-ration), 61A: Terminal timesaver (E-ticket), 62A: Its value is in creasing (origami), 63A: Sprint acquisition of 2005 (Nextel), and 64A: Crossword source since 1942: Abbr. (NY Times). Forty lashes for anyone who didn't get that last one.
And that's just the acrosses. Favorite downs include:
2D: Poem reader at the 2006 Olympics opening ceremony (Yoko Ono). Love the double O...making it look like yo-KOO-no, with the accent on the second syllable.
3D: Gaga (smitten). That's been a favorite word since it was used in the first love note I received.
4D: With 20-Down, waffle alternative (Pop / Tart). Not that I'd consider that an alternative to a waffle.
11D: Center of Connecticut (silent C). I immediately guessed that it referred to the letter C, so I was surprised that there were so many letters. Got it PDQ. I was born in Hartford...so enjoyed seeing this one.
12D: All thrown together (in a pile). Another good guess.
13D: Little women (petites). I'm not crazy about the clue. I'm definitely short and wear petite clothing , but I don't think of myself as a little woman. That sounds like a sexist comment about one's wife. Stepping off my soapbox...
27D: He wrote "It's certain that fine women eat / A crazy salad with their meat" (Yeats). I guessed that because I had the Y in place, but that doesn't sound to me like something Yeats would have written.
38D: Cartoon boss working at a quarry (Mr. Slate). That's one of those answers that you know but you just can't bring it to the forefront of your mind...especially when you're watching the World Series.
43D: Beau ideal (epitome). Love the word.
I still don't get 56A: Hiver's opposite (ete). Would someone please explain that one?
And while you're at it...how about 55D: Not yet 58-Down (wait / act). Huh?
Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.