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Apr 21, 2018

Saturday, April, 21, 2018, Daniel Nierenberg


THEMELESS SATURDAY PUZZLE BY DANIEL NIERENBERG

On this National Kindergarten Day Daniel Nierenberg has provided us a very worthy test. For me, Husker Gary, this is my fourth blogging effort on a Daniel puzzle - three Saturdays and one Friday. As is my M.O. on his puzzles, I employed the hunt and peck method until the NEAT/NUBIA "N" appeared and I was done!


Now, in honor of my lifetime friend Janet who is retiring after 35 years of teaching Kindergarten, let's see what word play Daniel has for us in our literary sandbox today:



Across:


1. Classic dramatic device: FATAL FLAW - The most famous FATAL FLAW in literature?




10. Demonstration of power, perhaps: N-TEST - A-Bombs and H-Bombs are both really N-(Nuclear) Bombs. One splits nuclei and the other fuses them together 


15. Winter carnival attraction: ICE PALACE - A beautiful ICE PALACE constructed in St. Paul, MN a half-hour drive from C.C.




16. Mythical myrtle-and-roses wreath wearer: ERATO - A vowel-rich crossword veteran muse of poetry 




17. Updated "What a shame!": THAT BITES


18. Cane-carrying Mr.: MAGOO and 14. 18-Across and others: TOONS. Did Mr. Peanut enter your thoughts?




19. Country E of Cyprus: SYR - SYRIA - too much in the news


20. Marsh growth: REED.


21. Beauty aisle brand: REVLON - A childhood memory of REVLON. Do you remember the show, this woman who won the big prize and what her category was? (*Answer below the grid)




22. Virus eponym: BARR.




23. Assigns new rankings to: RESEEDS - NCAA Basketball teams are RESEEDED just before the season-ending tournament 


24. Narrow types: BIGOTS - Norman Lear's Archie Bunker made us look BIGOTRY right in the face




27. Caravan components: CAMELS




28. Parting word: ADIOS


29. 1848 classic song about an Alabama-to-Louisiana traveler: OH SUSANNA - "With a banjo on my knee"


32. Court pros: REFS - These pro REFS did not see traveling here in this exhibition game.




33. Lingerie specifications: D-CUPS - It took 33. Waiting room site: DEPOT gave me the correct cup letter


34. Hair products: GELS - Mass use




35. Uris WWII novel: BATTLE CRY 




37. Harass: BESET


38. "Help me out, bro": BE A PAL


39. Nissan compact: SENTRA




40. Actor's dream: STARDOM.


42. Cleverly planned, as a trick: NEAT - Now this is a NEAT trick!




43. Warn, in a way: HISS AT


44. Territory with a palm tree in its seal: GUAM - I did not know Guam's flag or capital




45. Onetime JFK arrival: SST


48. Like some casks: OAKEN - We BIG 10 football fans know Purdue and Indiana play for the Old OAKEN Bucket each year



49. Fate of Peter's father, in kiddie lit: RABBIT PIE - I had no memory of this sad part of the story


51. Sections: AREAS - In 2003, the CIA officially acknowledged that AREA 51 exists


52. Dell gaming brand: ALIEN WARE - At the left is the $4,900 model for serious gamers, uh, not for me




53. Barista's offering: LATTE 


54. Intimidating psychological tactics: HEAD GAMES




Down:


1. Makes sense: FITS - Oh that's where it FITS

2. Hurting: ACHY.


3. Run like the wind: TEAR - What JH kids do going to lunch


4. Liable: APT


5. Research subjects: LAB RATS - Our staff and kids were LAB RATS for "Open Concept" classrooms back in the 70's. Retrofitting was expensive after the experiment failed miserably


6. Message disseminators: FLIERS - Is that why they make windshield wipers?


7. Not as punctual: LATER 


8. Justified serious studying for: ACED - Having ACED a test is usually done by serious studying (ROTE memorizing?)


9. Former NFL receiver Welker: WES - After at least six concussions from hits like this, he has retired




10. Sinestro and Professor Zoom, in their respective universes: NEMESES - Here's one, you can google the other if you like. BTW, I'd wager that dime comic is worth a few bucks these days.





11. Tour coordinator: TRAVEL AGENT - My TRAVEL AGENT arranged my trips to Florida with the kids but she also accompanied us because once we got there, she knew I ran the show


12. Home on a high cliff, perhaps: EAGLE'S NEST -  Martin Borman's gift of The EAGLE'S NEST retreat to Hitler high in the Bavarian Alps is now a cozy restaurant 




13. Rose: STOOD.


21. Important player in the founding-of-Rome story: REMUS - He was killed by his twin Romulus and hence the name of the city is...


22. Child-raising technique?: BOOSTER SEAT - Declining the BOOSTER SEAT was a landmark for our kids


23. Rough-sounding: RASPY - Joe Cocker's RASPY rendition of  the theme of this show




24. Wire sticker: BARB - Those BARBS on wire helped change ranches into farms


25. What a raised index finger may indicate: IDEA - A more prosaic use




26. Present often mailed: GIFT BASKET


27. Lout: CHURL - I've heard of/used the adjective CHURLISH


29. "Law of parsimony" philosopher: OCCAM - Another school of thought by the co-discoverer of the DNA molecule




30. Brewer, e.g., briefly: NLER National LeaguER


31. Cinema pooch: ASTA - Nick and Nora's doggy


36. Matisse work featuring hand-holding: LA DANSE.




37. Wearing a grin: BEAMING


39. Skate home: SEABED - Talk about your masters of disguises




40. Skimboarding hazard: SHOAL - I hit a STONE at first on my figurative beach skimboard


41. Top prom wear?: TIARA - Amy's dream come true




42. Abu Simbel's region: NUBIA- The pharaonic temples then and now located in the village of Abu Simbel in the most southern Egyptian region of NUBIA




44. Severe blow: GALE - We've had them here all spring


45. Filter target: SPAM - Tons of this is made here in Fremont, NE


46. "Game of Thrones" address: SIRE - I've never seen the show but Thrones and S _ _ _ address. C'mon...


47. Screen-printing targets: TEES - With b/w TV, I never knew what the Superman TEE looked like until mom bought me one

49. Sound from a fan: RAH - Football fan


50. Lindbergh Line airline: TWA - Can you find The Lindbergh Line in two places in this picture? 



A lovely credo for National Kindergarten Day:


With all these lessons in mind, SHARE your comments, BE FAIR and PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS:


DA GRID




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a) Show - $64,000 Question hosted by Hal March and sponsored by Revlon
b) Contestant - Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers
c) Her category - Boxing