May 29, 2011
[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: "For the Record" — Two word phrases that start with the letters LP.
- 27A: George Bush in late 1992, say (LAME-DUCK PRESIDENT).
- 43A: Delivery lead-in (LABOR PAINS).
- 72A: Make-believe intro (LET'S PRETEND).
- 97A: Heads-up discovery (LUCKY PENNY).
- 118A: Danube School artists (LANDSCAPE PAINTERS).
- 16D: Edward Lear output (LIMERICK POETRY).
- 52D: Kaufman play based on the Matthew Shepard incident, with "The" (LARAMIE PROJECT).
I'm old enough to have bought LPs as a kid, and I still have a few of them in a box somewhere. I haven't owned a record player in over twenty years, so it's probably safe to get rid of those albums now.
- 37A: "It Ain't All About the Cookin'" memoirist Deen (PAULA). I never watch cooking shows, but I've heard of Paula Deen. I had no idea she wrote a memoir. Check out this recipe for English Peas. Is that for real? (I can't remember for sure where I first saw this amazing recipe, but I believe it was a link from Deb Amlen, crossword constructor and humor writer extraordinaire.)
- 53A: Wine bottle word (CRU). Apparently it's French for vineyard. Something like that. The wine people will know. And they can also tell us which wine goes best with English Peas. Maybe a nice bottle of Thunderbird.
- 54A: Requiem Mass hymn word (IRAE). The hymn "Dies Irae" which translates as Day of Wrath.
- 56A: 60 minuti (ORA). 60 minutes = 1 hour, Italian-style.
- 114A: Hi's spouse, in comics (LOIS). Did you know Lois is Beetle Bailey's sister? True story. She's lucky their parents didn't name her Ladybug or Cricket.
- 1D: Places to study anglais, perhaps (ECOLES). French schools.
- 2D: Endearing words from Étienne (MON AMI). More French!
- 3D: Friend of Athos (ARAMIS). French Musketeers! Sacre bleu, this corner is busting at the seams with Frenchitude.
- 9D: Roman road of yore (ITER). OK, at least it's not French. But it's a tough one, so please read this Crosswordese 101 entry: ITER. It's from a old LACC post written by Rex Parker, and he somehow found a way to work in a picture of Teri Garr in her underwear.
- 35D: Back for a buck? (AROO). Buckaroo. Not my favorite entry.
- 59D: It produces lieuts. (OCS). Short for Officer Candidate School.
- 7D: Launches may originate from one (TASKBAR). I've covered a lot of the tougher, more obscure entries in the grid, and I wanted to highlight some of the fun stuff too. In technical terms, the taskbar is the thingie at the bottom of your computer screen. I like the entry and the tricky clue.
- 77A: Twenty somethings? (ATMS). My winner for Clue of the Day. Excellent!
- 8D: Concludes (WRAPS UP). Good one to go out on. See you next week.