Tuesday June 21, 2016 — NYTimes Crossword No. 0517
Full disclosure — when I completed my crossword puzzle this morning, I had two wrong letters, and three wrong words. I had guessed — but guessed wrong — and after I was done, looked up the correct answers to confirm my errors. I then re-placed with the corrected letters, because I know some people don’t actually read the text of my Blog, but just look at the crossword solution, and in that context the mistakes were misleading.
Let’s start there, with my errant trio. I didn’t know: 6D: PATHE (Company that invented newsreels); 18D: ESTRUS (Stage when an animal is in heat); and 23A: ETRES (Beings, in Bretagne). Now, let me ask: Did anybody know these three?? I thought I was making a reasonable guess when I answered “Euros” for “Beings,” but still was pretty sure I had it wrong, as neither crosser looked even vaguely familiar. So, there you go, I don’t know everything.
More discomforting news, in that I didn’t get the theme today. The reveal is at 62A: GOONAHEAD (“Don’t wait for me to proceed” … or what either part of the answer to each starred clue can do?) [“Go on ahead”]. Maybe someone can explain the context to me?
The *starred clues include: 17A: REDLETTER (*Especially memorable, as a day); 21A: HOTSHOWER (*Campground amenity); 33A: AIRBUBBLE (*Feature of a carpenter’s level); 44A: HORSEMEAT (*Beef alternative in many countries); 53A: BONEWHITE (*Basic china color), I had early said “Whale” instead of “White,” thinking I understood the theme, but pretty clearly did not.
[UPDATE: I finally figured out the theme. I needed to re-read 62A: GOONAHEAD as “Go on a head.” That explains everything. LOL]
Long verticals were: 4D: DELWEBB (Big name in retirement community development); 10D: OTTOMAN (___ Empire (land of Suleiman the Magnificent)); 43D: STPETER (Heavenly gatekeeper); and 45D: MADEHAY (Seized the opportunity).