Saturday, May 1, 2021

Today’s Newsday  Saturday

Today’s Newsday  Saturday crossword, by Greg Johnson, is a killer-diller, the toughest Saturday in many weeks. The southeast corner was, for me, the scene of exceptional difficulty. I’d say that this puzzle qualifies as a Stumper.

Some clue-and-answer pairs I especially liked:

5-D, four letters, “Dash for cash.” No ATM needed.

6-A, nine letters, “Outdoor accommodations.” I was thinking of “accommodations” as a euphemism — i.e., RESTSTOPS. Though the “accommodations” at a rest stop aren’t outside, unless it’s a rest stop without “facilities.”

Let’s get back on the road, shall we?

19-A, eleven letters, “Supermarket money saver.” Perhaps, but often it’s just the opposite.

33-D, nine letters, “Brit’s sedan.” I have never seen this answer in a puzzle.

45-D, six letters, “With 51 Across, rotini.” Know your 51-A!

55-A, eleven letters, “Time travelers of a sort.” The analog world is pleased.

The last answer I filled in was for 53-A, four letters, “Folk art tinware.” What? It had to be right, and it was.

One quibble: the clue for 1-D, nine letters, should read “Marlon Brando rival.”

No spoilers; the answers are in the comments.

comments: 3

Michael Leddy said...

TYPO. CAMPSITES. ECONOMYSIZE.

SALOONCAR. SPIRAL. MINUTEHANDS.

TOLE. (See Merriam-Webster.)

JAMESDEAN. First name, last name, so the clue should match. Then again, Brando is known as “Brando,” and James Dean as “James Dean,” so the clue might be fine as is. Or I might be overthinking it.

shallnot said...

I don’t know what 51A was but I think it’s time to channel the spirit of the guy I heard on the bus the other day. “Um actually, I think you’ll find” that it’s a HELIX and not a SPIRAL as spirals are ever increasing in size and are two-dimensional in nature.

I do recognize that SPIRAL has become “common usage” for a helical form.

Michael Leddy said...

Ha! But I would hate for my rotini to be two-dimensional.