Saturday, February 6, 2021

Today’s Newsday Saturday

Today’s Newsday  Saturday crossword, by Greg Johnson, is another themeless puzzle that feels more difficult than it turns out to be. Still a bit tough though. I began with 8-A, seven letters, “Publisher sponsoring the National Spelling Bee,” and solved the puzzle quadrant by quadrant. The one clue that gave me fits, minor ones: 17-A, seven letters, “Put in motion.” Not tricky, but I was sure that my first answer was the right one.

Clue-and-answer pairs I especially liked:

13-D, eight letters, “Alternative to regular drip coffee.” But what does “regular” mean in this sentence? We’ve been making the alternative for years. It’s pretty venerable, even with a new-fangled name.

15-A, seven letters, “Dishes cooked to order.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard the answer. Feels nicely dowdy to me, in a heavy-china-plates-in-a-diner way.

26-A, three letters, “Fields of desserts.” Clever.

32-A, eight letters, “Daughter of Oedipus.” A giveaway, maybe. I like seeing her name, though she could be clued as something more than her father’s daughter, even if she was her father’s daughter.

38-A, five letters, “Prefix for note in ’90s Apple media events.” An unusual way to clue the answer, and a reminder of when Apple products could be said to “just work.”

49-A, eleven letters, “Cold cuts selection.” Pairs interestingly with 15-A: I’m not ashamed to say that this selection could be a dish cooked to order. Anyone with me?

52-D, three letters, “What’s the point?” Tricky, I think, as the first letter of the answer of the answer points in a wrong direction.

Never no spoilers; the answers are in the comments.

comments: 3

Michael Leddy said...

SCRIPPS. ACTUATE. (I thought it had to be ANIMATE.)

POUROVER. (The first OED citation that clearly refers to what we now call pour-over coffee is from 2013.)

HOTMENU. MRS. (Mrs. Fields, of the cookies.)

ANTIGONE. (How about “ Tragic Theban”?)

STEVE. BEEFBOLOGNA. (Yes, fried bologna sandwiches.) DOT. (I thought DUH.)

shallnot said...

Fried Bologna (a.k.a. Newfoundland Steak), “American cheese”, and onion sandwiches. One of those lost dishes of childhood.


Michael Leddy said...

Newfoundland steak! I'm going to have bologna (baloney) on my mind the next time we’re shopping.