Thursday, June 19, 2008

Friday, June 20 - Mike Nothnagel

If you're a regular reader, you know that Mike Nothnagel is my favorite constructor. So...I really hate it when I'm not on his wavelength.

And I wasn't tonight.

I've been working at this puzzle for an hour (albeit with many interruptions from a daughter in distress)...and I've finished the right side of the puzzle. The left side...mostly empty.

I don't know how long it took Harris to solve this, but you can check his completed grid here. I just checked a couple of answers, so maybe I'll finish this off after work tomorrow.

Feel free to discuss the puzzle...what you liked, what made you crazy.

I still love your puzzles, Mike!


It's Friday afternoon, and I just wrapped up this puzzle. When all was said and done, I loved it...I just couldn't pull it together last night. Thanks again to Harris for 36D: Teens' escapades (joy rides) and 1A: Flurries (bursts)...just enough to get me going.

Favorite clues include 7A: How you might meet someone (halfway), 14A: Head of an alley? (one pin), 15A: 1.0 (D average)...see Dave Rage's comment and Harris's reply, 25A: Short cut? (loin), 54A: One might be in a cast (limb), 56A: Course for the dead? (Styx) and 65A: Craft often utilizing rubber bands (tie dye).

Favorite answers...17A: Without warning (unawares), 19A: Old-time comic Ed (Wynn)...because I loved him when I was a little girl, 27A: City of the Trans-Canada Highway (Medicine Hat)...never heard of it, 32A: Carter's second secretary of state (Muskie)...but I can't remember the first one, 34A: Like dirty rice (Cajun), 42A: Two-time gold medal skier of the 1998 Olympics (Maier), 45A: 1990 Grammy winner for her album "Days of Open Hand" (Suzanne Vega), 52A: State bordering Lower Saxony (Hesse), 60A: Like (akin to), 62A: Comic's creation (one liner)...thinking comic strip threw me on that one, 7D: Title role in a 1986 Woody Allen film (Hannah) of only a few gimmes, 11D: A 15-Down might have control over them (warlocks) and the associated Dungeon Master, 33D: Be in the can (serve time) and 49D: Put side by side (appose).

4D: "I haven't got all day!" (speed it up) made me laugh. I'm not prone to road rage, but I do get impatient, especially when it's hot. Today I sat through four changes of a light...for a total of twelve minutes...and it was at least 95 degrees. Fortunately, I had an iced coffee with me and was able to chill...figuratively and literally.

It's my night to cook, so I'd better get something going for dinner...the Saturday puzzle will be up in just over an hour.

Here's the grid...

...and I'll see you tomorrow.

Linda G


Anonymous said...

Tough but fair! This took me an hour and a half; twice as long as usual. What a satisfying puzzle! especially:
56A Course for the dead? (STYX)
63A Their tails do not wag (COMETS)
33D Be in the can (SERVE TIME) {should have had this one sooner}
49D Put side by side (APPOSE) {just because its a cool word that should be used more often)

Admin said...

Harris has absolutely no idea who Ms. Vega is. He solved the puzzle SW, NW, SE, NE. Toughest part was getting a foothold. And the famous Dave Rage! Someday, maybe MY name will be in a puzzle.


Anonymous said...

I was able to get SE first then up to NE. I got 55 Down as the last answer. As usual with Mike N's puzzles I felt like I wasn't going to finish it right up to the point where I did.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you Linda G! Not on Mr. Nothnagel's wavelength! I couldn't finish without a lot of help but I proudly DID get 27A (without the internet)! 60A 62A and 63A! I stared at 'D Average trying to figure out what or who a 'daverage' was - ? Someone said 'tough but fair'. I say 'not so fair'. Who knows 52A for example without looking it up?

Anonymous said...

You sound like a busy person. How did you find the time to wait through four stoplights? LOL. Thanks for the help! I know just where to come when I'm stuck.

Anonymous said...

what in the world does the answer "styx" have to do with the clue "course for the dead?" .... i am clueless!!


Anonymous said...

Styx is the river encircling Hades over which Charon ferries the souls of the dead...most of us hope to go in another direction ; )

Linda G (who for some reason isn't logged on)