SUNDAY, May 3, 2009 (syndicated puzzle) — Gail Grabowski

THEME: "Torn Fabric" — theme answers contain a hidden type of fabric, and the fabric's name is "torn" by being split among two words in a phrase

Crosswordese 101: On day 3 of this blog's infancy, I mentioned the crosswordese nature of the word APER. The way crosswords abuse the verb ape is nearly criminal, I tell you. Behold 81D: Mimics (APERS). Who uses that? Who says that Rich Little or the late Vegas impressionist Danny Gans was good at APING? Who described their performances as APISH? Nobody. My dictionary tells me that APISH means "resembling or likened to an ape in being foolish or silly," or "resembling an ape in appearance." But if you're inside the realm of crosswords, APER, APERS, APERY, APING, and APISH are all about mimicry and imitation.

Theme answers:

  • 23A: As it was formerly known, channel with the slogan "play every day" (GAME SHOW NETWORK). I feel as though different fabrics can be made into MESH, but that mesh per se is not a fabric. Can any textile-savvy folks confirm or deny?
  • 32A: "Enough!" (THAT WILL DO). Hidden TWILL. I want to elide the phrase into Farmer Hoggett's "That'll do, pig" from Babe.
  • 43A: Waldo of kids' books, e.g. (HIDDEN IMAGE). Hidden DENIM, wily hidden Waldo. If he were stepping out on Mrs. Waldo, it would take an eagle-eyed P.I. to track his movements. Here's a cartoon envisioning the birth of Waldo's baby.
  • 60A: Couldn't rush at rush hour (SAT IN TRAFFIC). Smooth SATIN.
  • 82A: "That used to be the case" (NOT ANY LONGER). Hidden NYLON. Phrase feels mildly iffy as crossword fill goes.
  • 96A: It can be seen from the Seine (EIFFEL TOWER). FELT is used pretty much just for hats and kids' crafts projects, isn't it?
  • 103A: Safe bronzing product (SPRAY-ON TAN). Hidden RAYON.
  • 123A: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, e.g. (ONLINE NEWSPAPER). Hidden LINEN. Ooh! An au courant clue, as the Post-Intelligencer ceased its dead-tree version and went online-only just a few weeks ago. This isn't an answer that could have existed a few years ago.
And now, more clues and answers:
  • 42A: Cutter's cousin (SLOOP). I suspect the sailing-related content in crosswords is way out of proportion to sailing's relevance in most solvers' lives.
  • 117A: Seasonal dancing center? (MAYPOLE). Timely, as we all just danced around maypoles on Friday. Didn't we? No? The closest I got was a Facebook friend mentioning that "The Safety Dance" video includes some maypole dancing:

  • 129A: Corpse sniffer of film (ASTA). A horrific clue for crossworddom's favorite cinematic pooch, Nick and Nora Charles's dog ASTA.
  • 33D: Pub proposal (TOAST). As in "I'd like to propose a toast."
  • 34D: "I can hardly wait!" (OH BOY). Back in the day, this sort of answer rarely appeared in crosswords but now it's commonplace. Oh, boy!
  • 36D: Circ. info holder (CD-ROM). I was thinking circ. = circulation but on further thought, it may be short for circular. CDs are indeed circular.
  • 59D: Biblical lion wrestler (SAMSON). First thing that came to my mind was Hercules and the Nemean lion—wrong story!
  • 69D: Track long shots (NAGS). No NAGS running in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. I'm not remotely into horseracing, so I found it hilarious that the the horse favored to win was scratched and didn't compete. Hey, if you're gambling on sports, I'm going to think it's funny when things don't go your way.
  • 80D: Subject of Randy Wyatt's play "Synonymy" (ROGET). Have any of you seen or read this play? Or even heard of it? It's new to me.
  • 84D: '60s protest (LIE-IN). Whoops. I started with SIT-IN. Then I wanted DIE-IN. BE-IN and LOVE-IN wouldn't fit. Nope, LIE-IN was not high up on my list.
  • 107D: Abbr. between a first and last name, maybe (NMI). Stands for "no middle initial."
  • 114D: Foot part (INCH). I went with ARCH first. Whoops, wrong kind of foot. High fives to everyone who tried ARCH, SOLE, HEEL, or TOES.
  • 119D: Bee's charge? (OPIE). That's Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show, charged with watching over her nephew's son OPIE, played by Ron Howard as a boy.
Everything Else — 1A: Dance floor flasher (STROBE); 7A: Derby feature (BRIM); 11A: Authority (SAY); 14A: Big name in hotels (RITZ); 18A: Biblical landfall (ARARAT); 19A: "Look what I did!" (TADA); 20A: Farm eatery? (LEA); 21A: 2000s scandal subject (ENRON); 26A: "The Cider House Rules" Oscar winner (CAINE); 27A: Name to a position (APPOINT); 28A: Gauguin's retreat (TAHITI); 29A: Bank employee (TELLER); 30A: Defeat (LOSS); 34A: Marine predator (ORCA); 38A: Memorable times (ERAS); 47A: Took the role of (ACTEDAS); 52A: Legal hurdle (BAREXAM); 53A: Mil. bigwigs (GENS); 55A: Olympics cheer (USA); 56A: Flimsy (LAME); 57A: Platte River settler (OTO); 58A: Some e-mail receivers (PDAS); 63A: Candied veggie (YAM); 64A: Succotash staples (LIMAS); 66A: Yukon, e.g.: Abbr. (TERR); 67A: Tiny arachnids (MITES); 68A: Crew members (OARSMEN); 70A: Broadway "Music Man" portrayer Robert (PRESTON); 73A: Story to verify (ALIBI); 76A: Clothes line (SEAM); 78A: Site of many styles (SALON); 79A: Madrid Mrs. (SRA); 86A: Timer alert (DING); 87A: Short flight (HOP); 88A: "Bonanza" brother (ADAM); 89A: Strauss's "__ Heldenleben" (EIN); 90A: Lambaste (SLAM); 92A: Rub the right way (MASSAGE); 94A: Hard to dispute, as a theory (TENABLE); 98A: Select group (ALIST); 101A: Ben-Gurion Airport is its hub (ELAL); 102A: Lunch orders (BLTS); 108A: Watch for cops, e.g. (ABET); 112A: Future litigator's study (PRELAW); 113A: Intending (AIMING); 122A: Playful prank (CAPER); 125A: Hold precious (ADORE); 126A: Bartender's supply (ICE); 127A: Blacken (CHAR); 128A: More chilling (EERIER); 130A: Was ahead (LED); 131A: Web page stats (HITS); 132A: Celtic rivals (LAKERS); 1D: Major account (SAGA); 2D: Spider web, say (TRAP); 3D: Cloverleaf part (RAMP); 4D: Cakesters brand (OREO); 5D: Herb garden herb (BASIL); 6D: Prefix with centric (ETHNO); 7D: Chat room afterthought letters (BTW); 8D: Blogger's indulgence (RANT); 9D: It might be harebrained (IDEA); 10D: "Do the __" (MATH); 11D: Slow-moving critters (SLOTHS); 12D: Lofty (AERIAL); 13D: Jabber (YAK); 14D: Expense report need (RECEIPT); 15D: Counting everything (INALL); 16D: Warble (TRILL); 17D: Subdivided (ZONED); 22D: Fictional sleuth Wolfe (NERO); 24D: NFL fifth quarters (OTS); 25D: "The noblest frailty of the mind": Shadwell (WIT); 29D: Like many families (TWOCAR); 31D: Religious sch. (SEM); 35D: Gaucho's lasso (RIATA); 37D: Stock add-on (ADE); 39D: Old tee, maybe (RAG); 40D: An eternity (AGES); 41D: Group meeting in the Palais du Luxembourg (SENAT); 44D: Clarify (EXPLAIN); 45D: Bottom point (NADIR); 46D: Mosque leaders (IMAMS); 48D: Small and sprightly (ELFIN); 49D: Bonkers (DAFT); 50D: Nice friend (AMIE); 51D: "Gimme a few __" (SECS); 54D: Resign, with "down" (STEP); 55D: Like suspicious e-mail, usually (UNREAD); 61D: Not-so-good gds. (IRRS); 62D: In the middle of (AMONGST); 65D: Examined by the doctor (SEEN); 68D: "Dreams From My Father" memoirist (OBAMA); 71D: Icky stuff (SLIME); 72D: Harmonic and melodic (TONAL); 73D: Gray area?: Abbr. (ANAT); 74D: Valuable vein (LODE); 75D: Make __ adventure (ITAN); 77D: Ruckus (MELEE); 79D: It's a wrap (SHAWL); 83D: Cowardly (YELLOW); 85D: Epitome of thinness (RAIL); 91D: Juilliard deg. (MFA); 93D: Cry out loud (SOB); 95D: It includes Napa and Sonoma counties (BAYAREA); 97D: Southernmost of the 48 sts. (FLA); 99D: Golf lesson subject (STANCE); 100D: Watched from behind (TAILED); 103D: Gp. advocating adoption (SPCA); 104D: "The Devil Wears __" (PRADA); 105D: Bank takebacks (REPOS); 106D: On one's toes (ALERT); 109D: Upscale auto (BMW); 110D: Stand in a studio (EASEL); 111D: Very competitive (TYPEA); 115D: Radar's soda (NEHI); 116D: Itty-bitty biter (GNAT); 118D: Find a space (PARK); 120D: Unwelcome eyeful (LEER); 121D: Messes up (ERRS); 123D: Cruet contents (OIL); 124D: Uncertain sounds (ERS).


Jeffrey said...

Very easy Sunday puzzle. Likely my fastest ever. But a very smooth puzzle.

Hidden Denim in HIDDEN IMAGE is awesome.

(The Safety Dance, Orange? Remember Election Day? Nothing I can say...)

Carol said...

Had never heard of the play either, but Roget's thesaurus is full of synonyms.

Rex Parker said...

My fastest Sunday puzzle ever, by a full minute, at least, and way way Way faster than my avg Sunday time. I broke 8 minutes! Seems impossible, but timers don't lie. I think. Can't say what I thought about the theme, because I never saw it ... oh, TORN FABRIC. Yes, I see it. Cool.

Slowed down by having ELITE for ALIST and THE LAW for PRE-LAW. Also needed a few passes to get ACTED AS (no idea why). Otherwise, non-stop writing (well, typing).


jeff in chicago said...

Fun puzzle, but that picture from "Planet of the Apes" is freaking me out so much I can't think. And not because it's an inter-species kiss, but because it's Chuck Heston, whom I despised on-screen and off.

PuzzleGirl said...

I don't know who Chuck Heston is, but the inter-species kiss is freaking me out anyway.

Al said...

But the punch line just before that was too funny! She didn't want him to. When he asked to kiss her goodbye, she said: "But you're so damn ugly!"

embien said...

FELT is seen a lot on the GAME SHOW NETWORK, which just happens to televise the best poker shows (High Stakes Poker and World Poker Tour). The table's playing surface is made of FELT, and when a player loses all his/her chips, he/she is said to be "felted".

Poker is pretty popular around the Embien household as my wife loves to watch it on TV (she doesn't play).

Badir said...

@PuzzleGirl, I don't think he usually went by "Chuck", but it's short for "Charleton". And, yes, that picture is freaking me out, too. A few minutes off my best time, but still #3, so I'm happy with it.

Orange said...

I don't know why y'all are complaining about the Charlton Heston/Zira kiss. It's not as if they're using tongue.

Chorister said...

Surely, it's Aunt BEA? As in Beatrice?

Orange said...

@Chorister: Nope,the show spelled it Bee. Short for Beatrice, yes, but not Bea. For that, we need Bea Arthur.

mac said...

It was an ok puzzle, but it was odd that two of the LAT puzzles had sloop(s) and eerie(r). Maybe I'm just doing too many puzzles....
I never found the theme because there wasn't a title to it. No problem, but happy to find it in the lbog.

Oddly enough, when I went to print the puzzles, I found another one for May 3: Testing Your Forty by Merl Reagle! I'm saving that for tomorrow.

LostNCove said...

Hi there. I'm the playwright of SYNONYMY, up here in Michigan. I'm just as surprised as you that I wound up in the LA Crossword--but does this mean I've hit the big time? And if so, shouldn't I be having mimosas for breakfast every day? ;)