01.02 Sun

S U N D A Y (syndicated)
January 2, 2011
John Lampkin

[Note: This is the syndicated L.A. Times puzzle. It does not appear in the actual newspaper, but is available for free at cruciverb.com.]

Theme: "E-Literature" — A long E sound is added to the ends of titles, and the resulting phrases are given punny clues.

Theme Answers:
  • 23A: Specific item in a sleepwear collection? (TWELFTH NIGHTIE).
  • 47A: How a rock band's equipment damage was blamed? (ON THE ROADIE).
  • 68A: Amazonian oddsmaker? (THE JUNGLE BOOKIE).
  • 95A: Dressing room sprite? (VANITY FAIRY).
  • 120A: Fabric softener delivered overseas? (WATERSHIP DOWNY).
  • 17D: Goat's friend? (BILLY BUDDY).
  • 74D: Aboriginal Walkman? (NATIVE SONY).
Hey, folks. This is Doug, back with you for another Sunday. John Lampkin, an L.A. Times regular, brings us a literary lollapalooza today.

I couldn't make sense out of the title at first, because the first three theme entries all had an "IE" tacked on. I didn't see the relation between "E-Literature" and "IE," but I eventually figured out we were dealing with an "E" sound. My favorite theme entry was TWELFTH NIGHTIE. "Nightie" is a funny word on its own, so it works well in the altered phrase. (I've always thought "panties" is a funny & ridiculous-sounding word too. Doesn't sound like something an adult would wear, does it?) The only theme answer I'll quibble with is NATIVE SONY, because "son" is pronounced differently than the "Son-" part of "Sony," so that's not consistent with the others. I liked a lot of the longer non-theme words in this one too: STEAL A KISS, SINK OR SWIM, TO THE MAX, TIPPY TOE, RED SPOT, NOT THAT. Good stuff.

  • 8A: Orderly type? (SISTER). Nuns (sisters) are members of orders. And they're also probably neat and orderly. I can't imagine a nun with a messy room.
  • 27A: Robert who played Roderigo in Welles's "Othello" (COOTE). The longer the clue for an actor's name, the less chance you're going to have any idea who he or she is. For example, everyone would get PITT for "Actor Brad." But you could add another 4 or 5 facts to this COOTE clue, and I'd still be baffled.
  • 33A: City west of Mesa (TEMPE). Mesa is an anagram of Ames, the lamest city in Iowa according to PuzzleGirl. Go Hawkeyes!
  • 53A: Mil. base stores (PXES). PX is short for Post Exchange. I've seen it pluralized as PXS in other puzzles. Both versions are ugly.
  • 72A: Niblick, nowadays (NINE IRON). Golf clubs used to have awesome names like niblick, mashie, brassie, cleek, and baffing spoon.
  • 76A: Writes John a letter? (ENDS IT). A "Dear John" letter. I'm pretty sure I learned about "Dear John" letters from an episode of M*A*S*H.
  • 87A: Kathy of country (MATTEA). I don't know much about country music, so I asked PuzzleGirl to suggest a Kathy Mattea song. This one's about rockets or something.
  • 94A: Certain hip-hop dancer (B-GIRL). The B is from the "break" in breakdancing. Watch the movie Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo for more information on breaking and popping.
  • 101A: The "0" in a "4 5 0," on a scoreboard (ERRORS). The last three numbers of a baseball line score are Runs (R), Hits (H), and Errors (E).
  • 107A: Intro for John? (DEAR). More "Dear John" action.
  • 115A: Advanced teaching deg. (M.S. ED). Master of Science in Education. I thought it was Ms. Ed, Mr. Ed's wife.
  • 7D: Narcissus snubbed her (ECHO). Echo was a nymph and a big-time chatterbox, so Hera cursed her by only allowing her to say words that were spoken to her. After Narcissus kicked her to curb, she spent the rest of her life pining away for him, until only her voice remained.
  • 84D: It's heard a lot in Los Angeles (SPANISH). Sí, es verdad. My first thought was HONKING.
  • 97D: "Great" feature of Jupiter (RED SPOT). From Wikipedia, "The Great Red Spot is a persistent anticyclonic storm, 22° south of Jupiter's equator, which has lasted for at least 180 years and possibly as long as 345 years or more. The storm is large enough to be visible through Earth-based telescopes."
  • 111D: Christmas classic opening (TWAS). Only 357 shopping days left.
Crosswordese 101 Round-up:
  • 99A: ___ Trophy: biennal European golf event (SEVE).
  • 103A: Ruhr valley city (ESSEN).
  • 113A: Hops-drying kilns (OASTS).
  • 1D: Hammett canine (ASTA).
  • 12D: "Grace Before Meat" essayist (ELIA).
  • 29D: Barrie baddie (SMEE).
  • 38D: Richard's counterpart in the 1956 election (ESTES).
  • 39D: Girl leader? (ATTA).
  • 41D: German border river (ODER).
Everything Else — 1A: Risked (AT STAKE); 14A: Take a __: attempt (STAB AT); 20A: Like the movie "Airplane!" (SATIRIC); 21A: Hardly religious (UNHOLY); 22A: Vacation choice (CRUISE); 25A: Bridal trails (AISLES); 26A: Rat tail? (-A-TAT); 28A: Royal pain (HASSLE); 30A: Back muscle, for short (LAT); 31A: Jacob's first wife (LEAH); 35A: Complicated (MESSY); 37A: Indy car's lack (REAR SEAT); 40A: Plated, in a way (ARMORED); 43A: Kyoto ties (OBIS); 46A: Question (ASK); 49A: Logging channel (FLUME); 50A: Retriever's retrieval (STICK); 52A: Store charge, often (TAX); 54A: More than just nodded (SAID HI); 55A: Pianist John (TESH); 56A: Jazz trumpeter's nickname (SATCH); 58A: Fixed up (REDID); 60A: Jazz trumpeter's nickname (DIZ); 61A: Per se (AS SUCH); 63A: Bite response (OUCH); 66A: Fax forerunner (TELETYPE); 75A: Stuttgart title (HERR); 80A: Thurman of film (UMA); 81A: Ejects, as lava (SPEWS); 83A: Hairy herd (BISON); 86A: Feast (DINE); 89A: Pro __ (RATA); 92A: N.T. book attributed to Paul (EPH.); 93A: Second lady after Tipper (LYNNE); 98A: Author Kesey (KEN); 100A: From head to foot (CAP-A-PIE); 105A: See 69-Down (PESCI); 108A: Malaprop or Miniver (MRS.); 110A: Turnover, e.g. (PASTRY); 118A: Part of ASAP (SOON AS); 123A: Adopt the naturist philosophy (GO NUDE); 124A: Consecrate, in a way (ANOINT); 125A: Architectural molding (CORNICE); 126A: Fashioned (STYLED); 127A: Dictators' underlings (STENOS); 128A: Paddle-wheel craft (STEAMER); 2D: Believed, to Tweety (TAWT); 3D: Smooch in the shadows (STEAL A KISS); 4D: Aggressive pinballer (TILTER); 5D: It might mean "I'm hungry!" (ARF); 6D: Hero's birthplace? (KITCHEN); 8D: "The Nutcracker __" (SUITE); 9D: 1959-'60 heavyweight champ Johansson (INGEMAR); 10D: Recital rebuke (SHH); 11D: Totally (TO THE MAX); 13D: Some bar shots (RYES); 14D: Climbed (SCALED); 15D: Shots (TRIES); 16D: Mozart's birthplace, now: Abbr. (AUS.); 18D: Boating on the briny (ASEA); 19D: Set of questions (TEST); 24D: "It couldn't be worse!" ("NOT THAT!"); 32D: "Dilbert" intern (ASOK); 34D: Phone on stage, e.g. (PROP); 36D: Recital highlights (SOLI); 37D: Dreads sporter (RASTA); 39D: Girl leader? (ATTA); 42D: Meet, as a challenge (RISE TO); 44D: Beatnik's "Got it" ("I'M HIP"); 45D: Wrest (SEIZE); 48D: Record holder? (EXCON); 49D: Slide show effect (FADE IN); 51D: Coal channel (CHUTE); 54D: Smooth and soft (SILKEN); 56D: Hillary helper (SHERPA); 57D: Actor Grant (HUGH); 59D: __ volente: God willing (DEO); 62D: Sculptor's tool (CHISEL); 64D: Indians, on scoreboards (CLE); 65D: Ginseng, for one (HERB); 67D: Sexy sleepwear (TEDDY); 69D: With 105-Across, "GoodFellas" Oscar winner (JOE); 70D: Open for Christmas (UNWRAP); 71D: Short (BRIEF); 72D: Ices, maybe (NUMBS); 73D: A scandal often ruins one (IMAGE); 77D: Success/failure metaphor (SINK OR SWIM); 78D: Central (INNER); 79D: Jeremy and friends, in "Zits" comics (TEENS); 82D: Yemen's capital (SANA); 85D: Buckeye State (OHIO); 88D: Three, in 84-Down (TRES); 90D: How a youngster might watch a parade, with "on" (TIPPY-TOE); 91D: End in __ (A TIE); 93D: Apollo's instrument (LYRE); 95D: Movers with motors (VANS); 96D: Uncomplicated type of question (YES-OR-NO); 100D: Quit (CEASED); 102D: Quimby in Beverly Cleary books (RAMONA); 104D: Hammett hero (SPADE); 106D: Play groups (CASTS); 108D: Texter's output: Abbr. (MSGS.); 109D: Ginseng, for one (ROOT); 112D: Wild harangue (RANT); 114D: Muscle twitches (TICS); 116D: Suffix with confer (-ENCE); 117D: Colorful worker? (DYER); 119D: Of no value, in Normandy (NUL); 121D: Hamburg article (EIN); 122D: Dr. of hip-hop (DRE).


Anonymous said...

I have been following this blog for some time and really enjoy it. I wanted to thank you Doug for your Sunday write-ups. I noticed that there aren't typically many comments by bloggers on a Sunday. Maybe a lack of awareness? Perhaps resting on the 7th day? Anyway, I wanted to let you know that your efforts are greatly appreciated! Thank you!!!


Yay!!! I finally got my long awaited puzzle with a literary theme. I should have known... it came from the puzzlemaster, John Lampkin. What? No musical jargon today?
Seems (based on less comments) that most people don't do the Sunday puzzles. You guys are really missing out a lot. Not only do you get a real challenging puzzle, but you get the humorous writeups of Doug Peterson. You actually can finish these 21 x 21 puzzles in less than an hour and still get to church on time. And... you're feeling great cuz you accomplished something pleasant on the Day of Rest.

Seeing SISTER right above UNHOLY made me laugh. Then I noticed a second fun theme: "sleepwear".
Loved the VANITY FAIRY clue.
And reading Doug's fun writeup got more LOLs. Especially liked his zap at Puzzlegirl's AMES thing with the Mesa anagram.

And yessss! MARRY ME JEWEL!

I haven't golfed in years... I think the last time I golfed they called the clubs "niblick, mashie, brassie, cleek, and baffing spoon". Oh yeah, and then there was the jigger. Any I missed?

Have a super Sunday y'all.

Van55 said...

I enjoyed the solve.

Never heard of CAPAPIE (from head to toe)>

Thought the clue for WATERSHIPDOWNY was lame, at best, but I can't think of a better one off hand.

Ended with an error -- COOTA/INGAMAR cross. Tsk. Never heard of Rober COOTE, but I should have known how to spell Ingemar. Hated him for beating Floyd Patterson and taking the heavyweight title away from the USA.

Vega said...

TRIES crosses STABAT, ha. I agree that COOTE crossing INGEMAR borders on unfair. I can't explain it, but I thought NOERRORS was awesome. Overall, more fun than not for me.

backbiter said...

I noticed the same thing about Native Sony. The only altered pronunciation. However, that didn't change my fun in solving. As an avid gambler I lol'd at The Jungle Boookie. Still giggling at it. The only real gripe I have is 84 D. Why was Los Angeles singled out for this clue? Spanish is only spoken everywhere you go. Dumb!

Happy New Year!!!!


stevee said...

Tried to put "thelatenightie" in and it seemed like a month of Sunday's before "Twelfth Night" dawned on me. I should be ashamed since I have read the Sparknotes. I need to brush up on my Tweetie talk as well.

Happy New Year and thanks Doug!!!

Anonymous said...

"Watership" is a place name. Why is 'delivered' in the clue? Are we to think that "water ship" is a phrase, like "air mail"?

Even at that, is the tense not incorrect, as in deliverED = shipPED?

I think this one is bad. At least say "Send fabric softener overseas", and the made-up phrase "water ship" might slide by.

CrazyCatLady said...

Fun puzzle today. I'm quickly becoming a John Lampkin fan. I got a chuckle from the UNHOLY SISTER in a NIGHTIE visual. Liked the two "dear John" clues, the two Hammett clues and JOE and PESCI. Watched part of "My Cousin Vinny" while I was on the treadmill at the gym the other day. WOTD=CAPAPIE.

I agree about the NATIVE SONY answer, but liked the others. ON THE ROADIE was cute.

@Doug - those are some hilarious "NIGHTIES." Liked seeing the Cootie game too.

badrog said...

Definitely agree re CAPAPIE as WOTD, especially since that other Fr. word for 'head' has been so CWese-y for so many decades now.

John Wolfenden said...

I can safely say I've never had this many rewrites:

Pro BONO for Pro RATA
And finally, I racked my brain to remember the name of Sir Edmund Hillary's assistant, Tensing NORGAY, only to realize the answer was the much simpler SHERPA.

Much to like, including the SATCH/DIZ minitheme, Dilbert's ASOK, "Record holder" for EXCON and "Dictators' underlings" for STENOS drove me crazy until I finally figured it out.

A good rainy Sunday puzzle.

Doug P said...

Thanks for the nice comments today, folks. I realize the king-size puzzles aren't for everyone. If you don't normally have the time to tackle a Sunday puzzle, you might want to start it on Sunday and then finish it up little by little over the course of the week.

Rube said...

Finished most of this last night, but couldn't get back to it until late in the afternoon. Forgot what a Niblick was... kept thinking a Kibbutz. Wanted ShotAT before STABAT AND ost, (Osterreich), until I realized that "Shot" was already used for 15d.

Never heard of CAPAPIED, (WOTD). Had no idea how to spell TAWT, (thot,tout, taut?) Never heard of COOTE or Beverly Cleary. And,forgot that SANA was the capital of Yemen. (At my age INGEMAR was a gimme.) Still, had the most trouble in the NW.

However, all were getable without Googles. Great theme and great puzzle.

Speaking of the NW, have to go root the Seahawks into the playofs.

Anonymous said...

Great fun—thanks John and Doug.

Allison Williams said...

I got it from crosses, but I'm lost on "Hero's birthplace"=KITCHEN. Can someone explain the reference for me?


Doug P said...

@Allison - Yeah, that was a tricky one. I should have mentioned it in the write-up. The clue's referring to a HERO sandwich.

Anonymous said...

Could you kindly run the solution to LA Times Magazine from Sunday? The 'answers' in the magazine do not fit the puzzle.

Thank you!