Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle: WEDNESDAY, Apr. 16, 2008 — Edward…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

difficulty: Medium

THEME: INK (57A: -) — Four clues read, in order, IN, I, —

I was torn between this Medium and Medium-Challenging. I got it in pretty good time, but as I was it, I had many moments where I Wow, that was rough. I that a year ago, puzzle might have me at least twice as long to do. words like AVISO ( Dispatch boat ) and MARL ( Clayey sediment ) (unknown to me I started doing puzzles) me in the game when zingers PHAROS ( 45D: Ptolemy’s locale ) and ANOXIA ( 6D: It may cause a ) threatened to do me in. Overall, it was a perfect challenge for me — not a breeze, not a not a blank stare-inducing mystery, but a thoughtful, entertaining puzzle, if it does have the demonic ( 37A: Marshmallow candies in baskets ) for a heart.

Theme answers:

17A: INK spray) — lost so time with this one I couldn’t figure out how any Wednesday answer could begin CEPH-, which had me rethinking my correct, and easy) NW corner for a CEPHALOPOD SPRAY is so insane an so unusual, so colossal and odd, I almost like it. I have to the constructor credit for getting a answer for INK, even if is the result.

25A: IN (social — see, the thing made the theme answers a tricky was that the clues so short and ambiguous. I had to get all of SOCIAL and a chunk of ADVANTAGE before I out what this (perfectly phrase is.

43A: I (personal — had most of PRONOUN in before I even saw the clue, so no here.

I got hung up in a number of not all of them predictable. Had no idea 23A: River in a 1957 hit (Kwai) was at first because I the clue only to the end of its first (in Across Lite format) [River in a 1957 hit]. So I tried to think of songs rivers. then I got the final I and . Then I got the W and reread the clue, and easy. The film: Bridge on the KWAI. 48A: Hound’s (hare) gave me what in seems like an impossible of trouble — I had -ARE and had to run the alphabet. I just can’t a dog catching a HARE, least of all a which was the dog I was imagining. 7D: Bit of Watergate (tape) was odd to me because all I could of was fingerprint or other types of crime scene evidence. The basic answer of TAPE is too embarrassing to look at now. embarrassing, perhaps, was how long I was stuck on DWELL ( 28D: with on

). My stumble here is ironic on two first because I DWELT so long on the clue, and second we subscribe to DWELL and there are copies strewn about the My brain could not adequately 61A: Finger, in a way (rat on) at for a multitude of reasons, so I needed at the RA- before I got that one. 49D: Footnote word to be IBID, couldn’t believe the answer to 52D: Scavenger at was as easy and cartoony as BEAR I wrote in half-jokingly, having YOGI BEAR on my site two days ago), and still, as of now, don’t get 41D: producer (polyp). Let’s it up! From Wikipedia:

A coral head, commonly to be a single organism, is actually of thousands of individual but genetically polyps. each polyp a few millimeters in diameter. Over of generations, the polyps lay down a that is characteristic of their A head of coral grows by reproduction of the individual polyps. also breed … by with corals of the same releasing gametes simultaneously a period of one to several nights a full moon. Four in a single paragraph, so apparently, coral and POLYP have than a little to do with other. There was only one of POLYP I was imagining, and that is not found in the ocean.

None of the above:

1A: Movement as anti-art (Dada) — the art movement of crossword puzzles A nice, fat gimme at 1A. Always a way to start a Wednesday (or any day). I Love that this intersects another artistic DECO ( 1D: South Beach ).

49A: A G8 nation (Italy) never saw this clue, but like it, mainly because G8 an abbreviation (G8 = The Group of 8). 42: Shot lots of English (masse) another word I learned xwords. The other great billiards term: CAROM. If I had a top 100 words, CAROM would be on it

47A: Panel layer — could Not figure out this clue was getting at for a long time. Layer me think chicken, as it always and it was all downhill from there.

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5D: Of a son or (filial) — I use this in my all the time (used it just in talking about the Christ/God in Paradise Lost. though I use it often in reference to Aeneas and the of FILIAL piety. but I digress). word.

12D: Lionel layout, often (oval) love this clue, are you getting a kickback from Because this could as easily been [Model layout, often]. Just

23D: Sephia and Sportage — I nominate Sephia for Car In Existence. Sportage is a close

26D: Nostalgic number — brain wanted Some of you will understand

27D: Symbol of Lebanon — great clue.

Infomercial knife (Ginsu) hilarious ads of my youth. Apparently a name to remember, since is not the first time I’ve it in the grid.

59D: Org. in the red? (GOP) — wonderful clue, and the answer decided the WHEW / PHEW for me at 65A: I’m glad over! Love that is the last Across answer in the

Signed, Rex Parker, King of

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