Aug 1, 2015

Saturday, Aug 1st, 2015, Barry C. Silk

Theme: Saturday Silkie~!

Words: 70 (missing F,J,Q,W,X)

Blocks: 27

  Ta-DA~!!!  This one was a real pleasure to solve - and yes, I am biased because I was able to solve it without cheating, Google, and red-letters - but it did not look promising to start.  A lot of white on the first pass both across and down, but then a few common words/phrases made sense, and they worked, too.   A tad too many vague clues, and a few proper names - two very nearly creating a Natick - but my one-letter guess was correct and thus....Ta-DA~!!  Triple 11- and almost triple 9-letter corners with two pairs of 9's crossing in the middle section;

7d. Golden Grain Company creation : RICE-A-RONI - been popular lately on Saturday; a little company history

31a. DO holder : OSTEOPATH - well, I figured it was a "Doctor of" something, and then the perps helped me out

36. Common literary technique : SYMBOLISM - like the bad guy in the black hat

Raiders of the Lost Ark

32. Watch : TIMEPIECE - simple, and clever - verb~? noun~?


O - N - W - A - R - D ~ !

ACROSS:

1. Verne vision : SPACE TRAVEL - Pondered SUBMARINE and TIME TRAVEL; both too short

12. Refrain bit : TRA

15. Jurassic time : MESOZOIC ERA - Pondered DINOSAUR AGE

16. What "8" may mean: Abbr. : AUGust - very nearly got me again - and timely, considering it's the first of the month today; the "rabbits" are 5 clues below

17. Programmer's line : INSTRUCTION

18. The Wildcats of the Big 12 Conf. : KSU

19. Spectra 70 computers : RCAs

20. Projection room inventory : REELS - early WAG

21. Org. with a rabbit in its logo : PETA - Playboy did not fit, and technically, it's a magazine, not an organization - would PETA protect these 'animals'~?

22. Critical : KEY

23. Main parts : LEADS - such as those filled by 56a.

24. Phillies pitcher Hamels : COLE - total unknown; my one-letter guess was "C"; I'm sure C.C. nailed it

25. Earth : TERRA

26. Dietary restriction : NO MEAT

28. Patron saint of dancers : VITUS - ah - so "St Vitus Dance" from Black Sabbath is a little play on words....


33. 1996-'97 NBA Rookie of the Year : IVERSON - so not into basketball, this was mostly perps

35. Breakup words : "IT'S OVER"

38. It's good in Puerto Rico : BUENO

39. Like some European scenery : ALPINE - followed by a clecho....

40. Monument Valley scenery : MESAs

42. Dark times, to poets : E'ENs - evenings

43. Speechless miner of fiction : DOPEY - ah. a Dwarf, that is


44. TV debut of 2000 : CSI

47. Unadorned : BARE

48. Confute : BELIE

49. Second Amendment subject : ARMS - oops, not GUNS

50. Links letters : PGA - couldn't be PAR or TEE

51. Teacher of skills : TRADE SCHOOL - I have an Associate's Degree from Island Drafting in Amityville, NY, essentially a trade school for AutoCAD and electronics

53. Unavailable, say : OUT

54. Shortest way : DIRECT ROUTE

55. Width measure : EEE - seems odd to see this in a Barry Silk puzzle

56. Film heroes, often : STEREOTYPES

DOWN:       

1. Unsportsmanlike look : SMIRK - not SNEER

2. Overseas coppers : PENCE - coinage, as in Britain; sort of clecho with; 48d. One in a lift, maybe : BRIT - other words, like bonnet, boot and lorry

3. Evaluate : ASSAY

4. Sacks on bases : COTS - ah, not a baseball clue; I was thinking getting tagged out for attempting to steal

5. Book before Neh. : EZRa - I have a contractor friend named Ezra

6. One seeing the sights : TOURER - because tourIST didn't fit

8. Substituted for : ACTED AS

9. Conceals : VEILS

10. Psyche's beloved : EROS

11. Data-sharing syst. : LAN

12. Go : TAKE LEAVE - had it, took it out, put it back in

13. Seriously weathered, as old cars : RUST-EATEN

14. Contents of el mar : AGUA

21. Stuffy : POMPOUS

23. Course units : LESSONS - I looked into Delaware Tech in Dover; I even have my schedule worked out for the Fall, but I'm going to have to delay until the Spring; a new car is first order.  Considering the Dodge Dart if the Toyota A-BAT is not out soon


24. Oregon Coast Music Festival setting : COOS BAY - the "C" seemed most sensible

25. Wind farm sight : TURBINE - I've been there, remember~?


26. Take in : NET - not NAB

27. "Comin' __ the Rye" : THRO - I WAGed INTO, ONTO, and that sort of helped.  Never heard of this poem/song

28. Dow 30 company : VISA - I had the "A", but it was not much help; Actually, I did not know what made up the DOW 30 -interesting - the list

29. Quakers play in it : IVY LEAGUE - I tried AAA first, not knowing that U Penn was the school being referred to

30. Not extreme : TEMPERATE

34. Ring cheer : OLÉ

37. Do a slow burn : SMOLDER

41. Minds : SEES TO - made me change my "SEE" at 26d. 'take in'

43. Mary __: ship in a Hammond Innes novel : DEARE - perps

44. Laryngeal concern : CROUP - ah, not CROAK; that's 100% 60% correct  ;7)

45. Clobbered : SMOTE - as in "smited"

46. Key chain : ISLES - took a moment to dawn on me

47. Letters seen under antlers : B.P.O.E. - The Wiki


49. Main call : AHOY - the bounding main, that is

51. Raiders' successes, briefly : TDs - The Oakland Raiders of the NFL

52. Old PC component : CRT - cathode ray tube - the screen that usually had a burn-in from the program most often used

look familiar~?
Splynter