S U N D A Y   August 22, 2010
Sylvia Bursztyn (calendar)

[Note: The L.A. Times mistakenly posted the syndicated puzzle in the calendar section today. Because I don't get the actual paper, I won't have access to Sylvia's puzzle until it's available online. Last time this happened, the puzzle was online the following day. As soon as it's available, I'll post it.]

Theme: Poetry Puns — Poetry puns!

[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 today's syndicated puzzle.]

Theme answers:
  • 21A: Taking a remedial poetry course? (IN COUPLET'S THERAPY).
  • 39A: Promising young poet? (GOOD ODE BOY).
  • 55A: Poetry course? (VERSE CLASS).
  • 83A: Prosperous period for poems? (SONNET BOOM).
  • 98A: Virtually any line from Shakespeare? (IAMB LEGEND).
  • 120A: Baseball poem figure? (CATCHER IN THE RHYME).
  • 1D: Exhibit of poetic feet? (DACTYL GALLERY).
  • 59D: Homegrown poem? (AMERICAN IDYLL).
Everything Else — 1A: Poetic profundities (DEEPS); 6A: Word with wheel or deal (BIG); 9A: Dig bit (SHARD); 14A: MoMA's home (NYC); 17A: Zippy clip (GALLOP); 18A: Oscar role for Ingrid (ANASTASIA); 20A: Battery size (AAA); 23A: CD earnings (INT.); 24A: Witticism (MOT); 25A: Screen's Neeson (LIAM); 26A: Sultry (TORRID); 27A: Pound sounds (BARKS); 29A: --- nitrate (AMYL); 31A: Serpico's org. (NYPD); 33A: Good name for a litigator? (SUE); 34A: Unlikely (REMOTE); 35A: Tennis champ Monica (SELES); 37A: Dele retractor (STET); 42A: Horse's stride (GAIT); 44A: "Time --- My Side" (IS ON); 46A: Muriel Spark or Robert Burns (SCOT); 47A: Turned six? (NINE); 48A: James of "Boston Legal" (SPADER); 50A: Derby town (EPSOM); 52A: "Feed ---, starve ..." (A COLD); 54A: www address (URL); 58A: Inn name (RAMADA); 62A: Ease (RELIEVE); 64A: Grace's prince (RAINIER); 66A: Fiend (DEMON); 67A: Pitcher (EWER); 68A: Ibiza, "por ejemplo" (ISLA); 70A: Went platinum? (DYED); 72A: Guitar part (NECK); 73A: It's a wrap (SARAN); 75A: Add water to (HYDRATE); 79A: Hole in the head (NOSTRIL); 81A: Assignations (TRYSTS); 85A: Tahiti, "par exemple" (ILE); 86A: Kind of dog (CHILI); 88A: Gawk (STARE); 89A: Sister's daughters (NIECES); 91A: Three, in Seehausen (DREI); 94A: Novelist Jaffe (RONA); 96A: This land is Ur land (IRAQ); 97A: Memorable Bombeck (ERMA); 101A: Atlantic fish (SCUP); 103A: "Roots" role (KINTE); 106A: Arthurian paradise (AVALON); 107A: "I like!" ("OOH!"); 109A: Sharp (KEEN); 111A: Evened the score (TIED); 112A: Pay for more People (RENEW); 113A: Old Persian potentate (SATRAP); 116A: Hang in a low place? (SLUM); 118A: U came after him (DAG); 119A: Pier gp. (ILA); 124A: Tippler (SOT); 125A: Cognizance (AWARENESS); 126A: Benefits (AVAILS); 127A: Driver's doodad (TEE); 128A: Cubist Fernand (LEGER); 129A: Pasture call (MAA); 130A: "--- "tov"!" (MAZEL); 2D: "Telephone Line" gp. (ELO); 3D: Month after Av (ELUL); 4D: Drop by (POP IN); 5D: Spreads out (SPLAYS); 6D: Be up (BAT); 7D: "Meet Me --- Louis" (IN ST.); 8D: Felipe's felines (GATOS); 9D: Music setups (STEREOS); 10D: Last name in spydom (HARI); 11D: "Take --- song and make it ..." (A SAD); 12D: Make the rent? (RIP); 13D: Spare room item (DAY BED); 14D: Kenya's capital (NAIROBI); 15D: South Dakota city (YANKTON); 16D: Playing marble (CAT'S EYE); 17D: Folklore fellow (GNOME); 19D: "Beats me," in body language (SHRUG); 21D: "--- corny ..." (IM AS); 22D: Drains (EMPTIES); 28D: Constitutional add-on (AMENDMENT); 30D: Show the way (LEAD); 32D: Eagles classic (DESPERADO); 34D: Helicopter feature (ROTOR); 36D: Colander kin (SIEVE); 38D: Puccini classic (TOSCA); 40D: "Juno and the Paycock" playwright (O'CASEY); 41D: Elmer, to Bugs (DOC); 43D: Coin-filled fountain (TREVI); 45D: --- "me tangere" (NOLI); 48D: Most reliable (SUREST); 49D: Antebellum (PREWAR); 51D: "Whew!" ("MAN!"); 53D: Stripling (LAD); 56D: Hebrew letter (RESH); 57D: Distract (SIDETRACK); 60D: Tractable (DOCILE); 61D: Departs, per Variety (ANKLES); 63D: Cantankerous (IRASCIBLE); 65D: City near Sparks (RENO); 69D: Essential amino acid (LYSINE); 71D: Literature's Lorna (DOONE); 74D: Extreme degree (NTH); 76D: Hosp. personnel (RN'S); 77D: No voter (ANTI); 78D: Drops from ducts (TEARS); 80D: Smug smile (SMIRK); 82D: Rock singer? (SIREN); 84D: Will power? (BEQUEST); 87D: Campfire fuel (LOG); 90D: Give off (EMIT); 91D: Pepys, famously (DIARIST); 92D: Silas Marner's village (RAVELOE); 93D: Send forth (EMANATE); 95D: One more (ANOTHER); 99D: Lite (LOW-CAL); 100D: Quiz scandal's Charles Van --- (DOREN); 102D: "The Taking of --- 1 2 3" (PELHAM); 104D: Cowboys and Spurs (TEAMS); 105D: Advantage (EDGE); 108D: Seraglio (HAREM); 110D: New, in Quintana Roo (NUEVA); 113D: Just for guys (STAG); 114D: Plot part (ACRE); 115D: City on the Arno (PISA); 117D: "I'm Yours" singer Jason (MRAZ); 121D: Dazzle (AWE); 122D: Hush-hush org. (NSA); 123D: Get moving (HIE).


Anonymous said...

This happens more often lately. We are huge fans of the crossword and get a little disappointed when we find the wrong puzzle online.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous says it all.

Anonymous said...

It's just the LAT's way of getting you to buy another paper - they're hurting financially. Soon, online puzzles may be all that's left. What does that mean to puzzle constructors who depend on the newspapers to pay them for their effort??? Personally, I wouldn't miss Sylvia, but would for most others.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again! Why the H___ can't the editors of this leftist get it right. This happens Sunday after Sunday and then after we all complain they somehow find the answers to the puzzle they published instead of something else. Bravo - at least you're consistent in stupidity

*David* said...

A pretty tough puzzle, left with a bunch of open spaces and needed a little Google to help me complete the puzzle. Poetry really isn't my thing.

Nice to see Anon complaining like usual on a Sunday, keep it up even if it is multiple personalities.

Mary said...

Maybe we could help each other... I'm stuck on the top left corner and the bottom left corner. 1D and 91D would help a lot.

Anonymous said...

91D is diarist

Mary said...

Thanks! Bottom left corner finished. :)

Anonymous said...

have it all but one letter in 1down. really frustrating when you can't find right puzzle on sunday.It's a bummer Geri

Eric said...


Bad bad bad theme puns. I like good puns -- some of my friends wish I didn't, quite so much :-/ -- and AMERICAN IDYLL is very good, and CATCHER IN THE RHYME is pretty good ... but most of the others are just bad.
What's the DACTYL GALLERY pun? (I know that "dactyl" is a metrical foot; it's the other meaning that escapes me.)
"Virtually any line from Shakespeare?" -> IAMB LEGEND: I get the pun -- it's a reference to the Will Smith movie (and the book it's based on) -- but the clue doesn't make sense. One could have clued it simply "Shakespeare?"; that would have been witty.

Misclues: "Witticism" -> MOT. That would be "bon mot"; unadorned "mot" is just "word".
"Kind of dog" -> CHILI should have had a "?".

"What the &#*!() is she talking about" clues: "U came after him" -> DAG
"Departs, per Variety" -> ANKLES

I did very much like "This land is Ur land" -> IRAQ. Now there's a pun that works!

Since @PG didn't provide any YouTube clips, here's one more.

fermatprime said...

U and Dag refer to Secretary Generals of the U.N.

Anonymous said...

For Eric:
IAMBic pentameter is the style of verse Shakespeare used. FYI