04.17.08 -- Tribute

Charlton Heston as Michelangelo in "The Agony and the Ecstasy", 1965
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

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Puzzle by Byron Walden, edited by Will Shortz

CHARLTON (17A. With 18-Across, “In the Arena” autobiographer); HESTON (18A. See 17-Across); along with TENCOMMANDMENTS (27A. 1956 movie starring 17- and 18-Across, with “The”); ELCID (39A. 1961 movie starring 17- And 18-Across); PLANETOF THEAPES (44A. 1968 movie starring 17- and 18-Across); BENHUR (58A. 1959 movie starring 17- and 18-Across); and OMEGAMAN (60A. 1971 movie starring 17- and 18-Across, with “The”) form a tribute to the late Charlton Heston, who passed away not two weeks ago on April 5th at the age of 84.

The New York Times, Monday, April 7, 2008 -- Charlton Heston, Epic Film Star and Voice of N.R.A., Dies at 84.

Click here for parting of the Red Sea.

In addition to the star turn, this crossword puzzle exhibits a wide variety of entries and clues:

Across: Run-of-the-mill computer, in tech slang; 9. Part of a dirndl; 15. Not have an accomplice; 16 Town near Metuchen, N.J.; 19. Dec. 25, e.g.; 20. Copy over?; 22. John McCain’s alma mater, briefly; 23. Kerfuffle; 25. Some scullers’ trophies; 35. Lift high; 36. Barnaby Jones portrayer; 37. “Taking Heat” memoirist Fleischer; 38. Silk shade; 40. Applaud; 41. Road reversal, in slang; 42. Home fronts?; 43. Alternative nickname for the Gloved One; 47. Isn’t in the clear?; 48. Klingons, e.g.; 49. Transnational cooperation; 52. Country with a five-sided flag; 55. First person in ancient Rome; 63. Tabitha’s grandmother on “Bewitched”; 64. Throw the flag on, so to speak; 65. Jarringly unfamiliar; 66. Textbook offerings.

Click here for Heston's BBC Video Obituary -- and now the clues for the downs...

Down: 1. “English Suites” composer; 2. Second; 3. Tilting type: Abbr.; 4. Long-snouted fish; 5. Certain extension; 6. Bench warmer?; 7. ONOR about; 8. TV princess; 9. Like Sydney Carton at the end of “A Tale of Two Cities”; 10. Kingsley’s “ODE to the North-East Wind”; 11. Neglect; 12. They believe; 13. Masked critter; 14. Elevated Sicilian city; 21. Are made up; 23. Rights grp.; 24. Ellipses component; 26. Veep before L.B.J.; 27. Prepare to drive; 28. Stand out; 29. NARYA soul (no one); 30. Hollywood district; 31 Grading gamut; 32. Rights grp.; 33. Little shaver’s conveyance; 34. Parts of a rural skyline; 39. Like sushi fish typically; 40. German tennis star Tommy; 42. Material for Voldemort’s wand, in Harry Potter books; 43. Deep black; 45. Make a snack of; 46. State capital originally called Crabtown; 49. Support in skullduggery; 50. Prefix with phobia; 51. European leader?; 53. Ring of the Fisherman wearer; 54. AMEX card; 55. Czech runner Z├ítopek; 56. No mere glance; 57. Georges; 59. Suffix with press; 61. Bit of cheesecake; 62. Jungfrau, for one.

The Man Who Touched Evil and Saved the World

Manohla Dargis, An Appraisal -- The New York Times, April 7, 2008

"What does it matter what you say about people?" Marlene Dietrich asks at the end of that 1958 American masterpiece "Touch of Evil." She’s talking about the dead cop Hank Quinlan, a mound of stilled flesh and lasting corruption given frightening life by the film’s director, Orson Welles. The man who brings him down is Vargas, the upright Dudley Do-Right Mexican detective with a paint-on tan. Lantern jaw set like a vise, this is of course Charlton Heston."

For the full article, go HERE.

Click on following link to hear the line from "Planet of the Apes":
"Take your stinking paws off me you damn, dirty ape!"

And finally...XENA and XENO appearing together... WOW! What's not to love!

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