As promised, it's still Colum blogging today, making up for last Sunday's blunder. Horace, take the day off!
On this lovely long weekend, our day of rest is not marred by the expectation of returning to work tomorrow. Instead we get to laze around, solving the NYT Sunday puzzle.
Today, there's an explanation in the information button, stating that the clues for seven answers are confusing, and then supplying the clues for the actual entries in alphabetical order. I mean, I guess it was needed. But aren't theme clues always a little confusing until you figure out what's going on?
The way the theme works is by taking a two word phrase where the first word can be reinterpreted as a letter. The word is then replaced with a different word which starts with that letter, which makes a widely acceptable phrase. However, the clue in the puzzle is for the original phrase. Thus, 41A: Color of the Owl and Pussy-cat's boat, refers to "pea green," which is then expanded to PUTTINGGREEN (or "Where golfers practice short strokes").
The other original answers are:
- Bee line (BOTTOMLINE)
- Oh brother (OLDERBROTHER)
- Eye contact (INCONTACT)
- Sea horse (CHARLEYHORSE)
- Gee thanks (GIVINGTHANKS)
- Tea party (THIRDPARTY)
|Nick NOLTE and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours|
Mr. McCoy has put in some very nice long fill, including LETSGETONWITHIT and WHATSYOURSECRET. And everybody loves GALLIVANTS, because it's a fun word.