SUNDAY, August 30, 2009 — Sylvia Bursztyn

Theme: "Quote of Many Colors"

[Note: This is the puzzle that appears in the Sunday L.A. Times newspaper. If you don't get the paper, you can find the puzzle here. Scroll down to see the write-up of today's syndicated puzzle.]

Theme answers:
  • 24A: First part of quote (WORK WILL WAIT WHILE).
  • 38A: Second part of quote (YOU SHOW THE CHILD).
  • 56A: Third part of quote (THE RAINBOW BUT THE).
  • 94A: Fourth part of quote (RAINBOW WON'T WAIT).
  • 113A: Last part of quote (WHILE YOU DO THE WORK).
  • 78A: Author of quote (PATRICIA CLAFFORD).
Everything Else — 1A: Brand of screenwriting (MAX); 4A: Movie whale (NAMU); 8A: Mystic ending (-ISM); 11A: "Aren't --- pair?" (WE A); 14A: Beame and Burrows (ABES); 18A: Rhoda's mom (IDA); 19A: Yemen neighbor (OMAN); 20A: Cats, often (MOUSERS); 22A: "You --- Hurry Love" (CAN'T); 23A: Intro to Pedro (SAN); 27A: "Zounds!" ("EGAD!"); 29A: Anne or Calvin (KLEIN); 30A: TV collie (LASSIE); 31A: Long. crosser (LAT.); 32A: Fair features (RIDES); 34A: Choose (OPT); 35A: Camus' soul (AME); 36A: Write-up (REPORT); 43A: Colossal (HUGE); 44A: Staffer (AIDE); 45A: Insurance concern (LOSS); 46A: Took turns (ROTATED); 49A: Table (SHELVE); 52A: Pickle variety (DILL); 54A: Isabel or Eva (PERÓN); 55A: Turkey quarters (NEST); 63A: Heidi height (ALP); 64A: Lifted (STOLE); 65A: DEA agent (NARC); 66A: Marta of "Casbah" (TOREN); 67A: Spreading through (PERMEATING); 70A: Asimov, per his doctorate (BIOCHEMIST); 73A: North side (UNION); 74A: Security interest (LIEN); 76A: Called off (ENDED); 77A: Sault-Marie center (STE.); 82A: Son of Odin (THOR); 83A: Spondulicks (DOUGH); 84A: Barry White, vocally (BASS); 85A: Mountain ashes (ROWANS); 87A: Mertz's tenant (RICARDO); 90A: New Mexico art center (TAOS); 92A: Florida's --- Beach (VERO); 93A: Bath waterway (AVON); 101A: Gemini twin (CASTOR); 104A: Rapping Dr. (DRE); 105A: Calder Cup-awarding org. (AHL); 106A: Kafka character Gregor (SAMSA); 107A: Med. specialty (ENT); 108A: Massive impasse (LOGJAM); 110A: Espouse (ADOPT); 112A: Fish story (YARN); 117A: Badger (NAG); 118A: Top-notch (A-ONE); 119A: Hall of comedy (ARSENIO); 120A: Novelist Seton (ANYA); 121A: "Runaway" rocker Shannon (DEL); 122A: Safecracker (YEGG); 123A: Cut back? (LET); 124A: Medium skill (ESP); 125A: County hub (SEAT); 126A: Pub stock (ALE); 1D: Kathy Bates' Oscar film (MISERY); 2D: Slow number (ADAGIO); 3D: "Citizen Kane" estate (XANADU); 4D: As we speak (NOW); 5D: In a frenzy (AMOK); 6D: "The Big Sleep" sleuth (MARLOWE); 7D: Neglected, as a lawn (UNKEPT); 8D: "... lovin' the spin ---" (I'M IN); 9D: Sun, to Domingo (SOL); 10D: Mosque leaders (MULLAHS); 11D: Pop goer (WEASEL); 12D: Ares' sister (ERIS); 13D: Up and about (ASTIR); 14D: Alas, in Passau (ACH); 15D: Rescue in 2009 news (BAILOUT); 16D: Blow up (ENLARGE); 17D: Undid a dele (STETTED); 21D: Wise ones (SWAMIS); 25D: A "GWTW" W (WITH); 26D: Minuscule (WEE); 28D: Make potable (DESALT); 33D: Pen knife (SHIV); 37D: Musical's masked man (PHANTOM); 39D: One-named folk music great (ODETTA); 40D: Jazz great Fitzgerald (ELLA); 41D: Actor Firth or Farrell (COLIN); 42D: Doodled (DREW); 47D: Ball (ORB); 48D: Recommended (TOUTED); 49D: Quickly buy good buys (SNAP UP); 50D: Treasure State capital (HELENA); 51D: Zing (ESPRIT); 52D: Tom Jones title (DELILAH); 53D: Peaceful (IRENIC); 54D: Pennsylvania heights (POCONOS); 57D: In (HOT); 58D: Pinch (NAB); 59D: Clues in (BRIEFS); 60D: Country's Yearwood (TRISHA); 61D: Movie Moses (HESTON); 62D: Logs (ENTERS); 64D: AARP member (SENIOR); 68D: Caustic, as wit (MORDANT); 69D: Come together (GEL); 71D: USN rank (CDR.); 72D: Hitchcock blonde Tippi (HEDREN); 75D: Big wheel (NABOB); 79D: Ruminant's chew (CUD); 80D: Stravinsky or Sikorsky (IGOR); 81D: Burkina --- (FASO); 82D: Bipartite (TWO-WAY); 86D: Scraps (ORTS); 87D: Trotters' venue (RACEWAY); 88D: Rowena's love (IVANHOE); 89D: Going for (COSTING); 90D: Rant (TIRADE); 91D: Windflower (ANEMONE); 92D: Ben Jonson comedy (VOLPONE); 95D: Fine-tune (ADJUST); 96D: Walk in water (WADE); 97D: "--- that masked man?" (WHO WAS); 98D: Screen's Peet or Plummer (AMANDA); 99D: Netanyahu's nation (ISRAEL); 100D: Snarl (TANGLE); 102D: José's huzzah (OLÉ); 103D: Majestic (ROYAL); 109D: Slasher film feature (GORE); 110D: Just ---, skip and ... (A HOP); 111D: "--- Little Tenderness" (TRY A); 114D: Pants part (LEG); 115D: Frank McCourt title ('TIS); 116D: Comics' Krazy one (KAT).


Anonymous said...

Wow I'm first and appears the only. Fairly good puzzle. But who the hell is Ms P. Clafford. Golfballman

JN said...

I do not like puzzles with quotes!!! I kept trying to use names of colors. But, I did see the first rainbow fairly early on.
I did not know ronans for mountain ash and it took me ages to remember the Stephen King movie, "Misery".

Anonymous said...

So Glad Sylvia is back. Don't let her go away again. We miss her.Forget Merle, or however you spell his name.

Anonymous said...

Can't even find a Wikipedia entry for Clafford, whoever she is.

Anonymous said...

Patricia Clafford must be Sylvia Bursztyn's mother, sister, aunt, or best friend. She's the only one who seems to have heard of her.

Orange said...

I Googled Patricia Clafford. She appears to be one of those people who's got a few quotes included in websites full of inspirational quotes, quotes about holidays, quotes for teachers, etc. And somebody asked WikiAnswers.com "Who is Patricia Clafford?" The sole answer is "A poet and my great grandma."

The former Tribune crossword used to include a lot of quotes by Evan Esar. "Who?" Some guy who wrote a book of 20,000 Quips and Quotes in 1968. Here, a constructor explains where he finds quotes for quote themes. (Short answer: the Internet—where Patricia Clafford's quotes live.)

Quotes are my least favorite crossword theme.

Orange said...

...You know, if you're gonna have a quote from someone who's not remotely famous, I don't think that person's name belongs in the grid. Here, it was plunked into the middle of the quote to provide a chunk of the right length to make the symmetry work. If you have to drop a long obscure name into the grid to make the quote fit, what's the use?

Anonymous said...

I thought this was an awful puzzle. It was a hard slog, with no rewards along the way.

Jimmie said...

PG: it's so nice to see the REAL LAT Sunday puzzle here.

What is a Burkina-Faso anyway? And I never heard of Marta Toren, but otherwise, a fun puzzle to do while watching a Dodgers game.

Wayne said...

I agree with JN and Orange, I'm no fan of quotes. So, as soon as I saw that it was a quote, I Googled it to save a lot of hassle. It's a nice quote but I've never heard it before. Even with the quote intact, the puzzle was still a slog for me.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was the kind of quote you'd find on a discount greeting card. If you're going to quote someone no one has heard of, at least it should be something memorable.


Anonymous said...

I'm very glad to see Sylvia back. She was missed.