Saturday, May 29, 2021

Today’s Newsday Saturday

Today’s Newsday  Saturday crossword is credited to “Stock and Vasquez.” I think this must be their first Newsday Saturday. Matthew Stock has a site where he publishes crosswords: Happy Little Puzzles. Quiara Vasquez has a site too: QVXWordz. I’ve seen their names together on an Atlantic Sunday crossword.

Today’s puzzle is tough but fair, as students sometimes say of teachers. And verging, I’d say, on Saturday Stumper difficulty, as students probably never say when describing teachers.

Some clue-and-answer pairs I especially liked (with a minor hint for 44-D):

10-D, six letters, “Matthau’s Odd Couple costar on Broadway.” No, not him. Another guy, and I’m ashamed to say it was news to me.

13-D, five letters, “Piece of one’s mind.” Clever, and a good reminder of what it, the piece, is meant to be.

15-A, nine letters, “They’re tinny and tasty.” My mind went first to ALTOIDS. Too short, or small.

20-A, four letters, “Squat.” Clever.

24-A, twelve letters, “Field full of seeds in the spring.” Even I got this one easily, which might be one reason I liked it.

37-A, three letters, “Open-and-shut case grp.” The clue redeems the answer.

39-D, seven letters, “The ____ did it (solution to ‘Murder at the Winery’).” Groan.

44-D, five letters, “Legislate or recreate.” Heteronym alert!

48-A, four letters, “Sticks together to keep youngsters safe.” Youngsters — that’s sweet.

56-A, nine letters, “Renegade and Renaissance, for the Obamas.” I swear that my first thought was GOLDFISH. Did Malia and Sasha have pet fish way back when? I came back to reality soon enough.

One answer that still baffles me a bit: 55-D, three letters, “Fusion-reaction energy source.” When I typed in the final letter, I thought it had to be wrong. It seems odd to pair this answer with a clue involving science. But I may be missing something.

No spoilers; the answers are in the comments.

comments: 3

Michael Leddy said...

CARNEY. (As in Art.) This clue makes a funny connection to 26-D, three letters, “Honeymooner in 1969 news” (ONO.)

ESSAY. PANLOAVES. NADA. BRACKETOLOGY.

TSA. BOTTLER. ENACT. NEST. CODENAMES.

SOL. Not SUN? Rome is calling — it wants its god back.

shallnot said...

I wonder which is used more often: SQUAT or DIDDLY-SQUAT?

Oh, yeah, people do use SOL colloquially to mean “the sun” but such a technical clue deserves more than common usage. But, I also remember that S. O. L. means something else.

Michael Leddy said...

Hmm — you’d have to devise a way to filter out all references to hunkering down behind home plate. etc.

Louis Armstrong introduced me to S.O.L. many years ago.