Saturday, May 22, 2021

Today’s Newsday Saturday

Today’s Newsday  Saturday crossword is by Greg Johnson. Not especially amusing, not especially tricky. A solidly challenging puzzle. Reader, I solved it.

Some clue-and-answer pairs I especially liked:

1-D, five letters, “Puff filler.” Seems obvious, but which way to spell it?

6-D, six letters, “Do over a walkway, say.” Represent!

8-D, four letters, “53-Across category.” This one messed me up for an inordinate amount of time. I was thinking of a kind of 53-A, not a category that subsumes 53-A.

10-A, five letters, “’50s command for Bogart.” GETAWAYFROMTHATPHONE doesn’t fit. Also, Casablanca is from the wrong decade.

22-A, seven letters, “Certain face-covering feature.” Very clever.

23-D, five letters, “Reminiscent of Saharan transportation.” The first letter tricked me up here.

27-D, five letters, “They’re handled at the beach.” And the park. O childhood.

32-D, nine letters, “Rhode Island Reds’ prides.” I first saw these in Boston.

41-D, six letters, “Occupations that go nowhere.” Nice misdirection.

46-D, five letters, “Return from the right.” I was thinking typewriters.

50-A, seven letters, “What a valet is asked to do.” Really? For a grown-up? Then again, I haven’t employed a valet in many years.

53-A, fifteen letters, “Produce from the Northwest.” A main staple!

57-A, nine letters, “What are needed to say ‘Aye!’” A weird plural.

No spoilers; the answers are in the comments.

comments: 3

Michael Leddy said...

CREME. RETILE. POME. (Not ROME, as in “Rome apple.”)

CAINE. EYEHOLE. (It’s what doesn’t cover anything.)

HUMPY. (Not BUMPY.) PAILS. (I was a digger.)

BROWNEGGS. SITINS. LAPSE. TIEATIE.

WASHINGTONAPPLE. GLOTTISES.

shallnot said...

"A weird plural”.

Add to the weird: BASIS > BASES ; AXIS > AXES ; HYPOTHESIS > HYPOTHESES.

Michael Leddy said...

And there — bases — is another heteronym.

I was thinking that it’s weird to even think of more than one glottis. “‘Aye,’ they shouted, their glottises vibrating.”