Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Today we're going on a treasure hunt with one of the Green Genius's favorite crossword constructors Patrick Blindauer. The name of this puzzle "Booty Call" really got me off on the wrong foot, especially after I got 17A: Comic book sobriquet (MAN OF STEEL). After I had the first letter I thought it might be MIGHTY THOR, one of my favorite comic books when I was a kid, but when I saw that wasn't going to work, and realized it was one of Superman's many nicknames, I wasn't any better off. Keeping the title of the puzzle in mind, I thought of the popular exercise program from a few years ago "Buns of Steel," and I thought "Aha, that's the theme -- phrases where one would substitute the word "buns" or some other synonym for the body part known in some quarters as "booty". "
Needless to say, I was barking up the wrong dog. This is pirates' booty -- loot, plunder, swag. Part of the reason I think I was confused was because yesterday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Forget Superman and pay attention to the puzzle instructions at 23- and 45- Across: CONNECT THE X'S WITH TWO LINES, and if you don't see the buried treasure just refer to 34A: After following the instructions to make a big one, hint that tells you where to look around to find hidden booty (X MARKS THE SPOT) . And in the center of that big X you made when you connected the four little X's, reading clockwise from space 49 is the word GOLD. Which is a lot better than finding BUNS, especially if you NEED CASH (8D: Subway ad come-on).
Other entries of interest:
38A: Naval noncoms (CPOS) (Back on September 5th, Patrick Berry did a puzzle called "Reinitializing the Program" wherein he changed one letter in the title of popular TV shows with initials or acronyms in the title. One of the ones he used and that I discussed was CPA SHARKEY, which was a take-off on an old Don Rickles sitcom called "CPO Sharkey." I got a comment from someone who'se never commented here before or since, and all he or she said was Don Rickles didn't play an accountant. It was "CPO Sharkey, proving that they hadn't read the blog entry where I talked about the joke. The only thing I could think was that this person had a blog alert for "CPA Sharkey" and he or she flies in every time they find an example of such and "correct" the ignorant blogger. I just thought I'd try it again and see if this person showed up again.)
So -- Remember that great old Don Rickles accounting sitcom "CPA Sharkey"? That was a great show.
40A: Kind of thermometer (ORAL) The best kind, as far as I'm concerned.
49A: Sheila's greeting (G'DAY) Sheila of course is Australian slang for woman.
26D: Only Stratego piece with a letter on it (SPY) Another great game from my childhood, Careers on Tuesday, now Stratego. In this capture the flag board game, the spy was the weakest piece, anybody could capture him, but if he was stealthy enough to sneak up and attack the Marshall (the most powerful piece on the board) the spy could take him out.
36D: Baby shower (SONOGRAM) That shower (that which shows) shower (involving wetness or presents) and the flower (that which flows) flower (which grows) thing is an oldie but a tricky.
Thanks, y'all are my pride and joy, et cetera.