N.Y. Times Crossword – Saturday, August 5, 2017

By: David Phillips
Theme: None
Difficulty (0-10):  5
Time: 26:20

1967 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600

The northwest corner of the puzzle got me off to a rocky start. 1A – PEACESIGN ✌️ did not come easily to me. For 15A, I was fairly sure that the clue was referring to the Spider automobile. However, I had brain freeze and could not remember the name of the manufacturer. It took a few letters from the down clues to lead me to ALFAROMEO. Alfa Romeo Spiders were last made in 1993 and while they were popular when I  was in high school, it’s been a while since I saw or even thought of one. So, cut me a break.

The northeast corner was only slightly less difficult. The key was solving the 10A/10D intersection. For 10D, I went through a slew of  three letter names in my head before finally settling on JIM as “an appropriate name for a personal trainer“…embarrassing because that’s a prominent name in my family. I knew from the 20A clue that 10A was a country. How many 5-letter countries start with the letter J? So, JAPAN it was.



I had never heard of HAWKMAN, so for 35A I had entered HAWKEYE instead, To be honest, I had never heard of hawkeye either, except for the character on MAS*H or the University of Iowa sports teams. Turns out that Hawkeye is also a superhero, except that he exists in the Marvel universe as opposed to the D.C. one. That error kept me from completing the southwest corner of the puzzle for a while.  32D – LATE and 38D – NERO helped me to eventually correct that error.

34A gave me fits for a while too. “Unembellished type” led me to think that they were looking for a type of person as opposed to a typeface. I could kick myself for taking so long to figure out SANSSERIF.

Relative to the other sectors, the southeast portion of the puzzle was a breeze. EARDOCTOR, SPEEEDREAD, AND PETSOUNDS, came easily. Making it easier to get MIXTAPE and FERRET (which helped be finally solver SANSSERIF).

The Thing I Learned

Finally, this puzzle gave me the opportunity to I learn what a pogonologist is. You’re welcome.

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