NYTimes Crossword

Monday May 30, 2016 — NYTimes Crossword No. 0425

Monday May 30, 2016 — NYTimes Crossword No. 0425

Today is Memorial Day. The day we as Americans honor our fallen soldiers. Thank you to all who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. In this, I include those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and also those who have dedicated their lives to defending our great nation. Thank you. We honor you. Your service is appreciated. 

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters 

You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with Mr. In Between. 

Today’s puzzle was a delightful distraction. I especially liked the inner puzzle reveal in the center row, at 37A: MRINBETWEEN (“Don’t mess with” him, per an old song lyric … or a hint to 18-, 20-, 55- and 58-Across). Thank you to my parents, Ronald and Merrilee Swickard for raising my sisters and me in a household steeped in music, including the great singers, such as Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. 

The other clues involved in the special puzzle include: 18A: BOTTO[MR]OW (64-, 65- and 66-Across, in this puzzle); 20A: STEA[MR]OLLER (Heavy vehicle that smooths a road surface); 55A: PAL[MR]READING (Means of fortunetelling); and 58A: AMF[MR]ADIO (Audio feature that comes standard in cars). Notice the MR in-betweens? 

I didn’t know 17A: LANTZ (Walter who created Woody Woodpecker), and wasn’t sure about the “Z” in 5D: GIZMO (Thingamabob — should it have been “Gismo”?)…

Also was unsure of 39A: FOUNDER (College or company starter), for some reason I was misreading the clue, and thought it should be “Founded,” but I’ve overcome my blindness on this issue by now. 

Always like seeing 52D: SARAH (Politico Palin) in the crossword. She is one of my favorite candidates ever, just love that one never knows what might next come out of her mouth. I’m sure that’s a large part of the appeal of Donald Trump as well. 

Enjoyed 6D: KABOOM (Explosion sound). 

Also love it when musical icons are mentioned, like today at: 34A: ESTREET (Thoroughfare in the name of Springsteen’s band); and 16A: BONO (U2 lead singer).

To me, Betty Keller, today’s puzzlemaker, saved her greatest cleverness for the Southern verticals. My favorite word of the day was 39D: FLUMMOX (Discombobulate). And my two favorite clues were: 38D: BEHOLDER (Witness), made me think; and 47D: EGGDYE (Easter dip), this one felt particularly crafty. 

13 minutes today. Looking forward to a fulfilling week of crossword solving. Now say a prayer for the fallen, pray twice for those now in harms way, then eat some tasty barbeque, and enjoy the freedom their sacrifices have secured. 


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