04.09.08 -- Whine and Dine

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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Puzzle by Daniel Kantor and Jay Kaskel, edited by Will Shortz
WHINEANDDINE (54A. Title of this puzzle); MYSOUPISCOLD (20A. “I asked for tomato bisque, not gazpacho!” [complaint #1]); AREWEINVISIBLE (28A. “Has our waiter even made eye contact?” [complaint #2]); and WHERESOURORDER (47A “What, are they growing the food?” [complaint #3]) are the inter-related entries in this cross crossword puzzle.
Settling for no less are a few other gastronomical entries -- ATE (61D. Had a bit); CREOLE (4D. Spicy cuisine); RAW (44A. Au naturel); Al DENTE (a bit firm) (68A); Won TON (62A.); Shad ROE (34A.); SAL (51A. Sevilla seasoning); PATIO (60A. Place for a barbecue); EDAM (1D. Mild yellow cheese); along with the customer’s YAP (13A. Pie hole), which the waiter wishes would be closed!
Diners in the personage of puzzle people include SHUE (5A. Elisabeth of “Cocktail”); ANNE (17A. Windsor princess); HERR (15A. Mann of the Haus); OAKLEY (35A. Sharpshooting Annie); REA (53A. Actor Stephen); YODA (67A. Sci-fi sage); ERICIV (8D. 13th-century king of Denmark); ARETHA (28D. Queen of Soul, familiarly); ROMMEL (29D. German commander at the invasion of Normandy); IKE (32D. “South Park” boy); ESAI (43D. Morales of “La Bamba”); DADDYO (50D. Pops); ALDA (56D. Robert who won a Tony for “Guys and Dolls”), a NUDE (58D. Like Michelangelo’s David); and a Shortzesque couple, BUB (11D. Pal) and BRO (12D. Pal)!
Quite an OLIO (22D. Mishmash) -- this puzzle is ABLAZE (25D. On fire) with throes -- ACK (25A. Cousin of “aargh!”); CRAWS (33D. Sticking points?); WEAVE (41A. Zig and zag); PAW (52A. Manhandle); ACED (10D. Nailed, as a test); CLEVER (26D. Ingenious); KEYED (27D. Excited, with “up”); RED (49D. Bloodshot); WORNOUT (45D. Long past its prime); WILT (54D. Suffer from the heat); OWNSUP (48D. Confesses [to]); a bit like eating dinner off a running TABLESAW (9D. Workshop fixture)!
Other entries of five-or-more letters are PEEPHOLE (38D. Apartment security feature); SHOPPER (5D. Free local paper); ATMFEE (42A. Money for money); TABBY (9A. Housecat), which goes nicely with 23A. Place for a housecat (LAP); BEBOP (19A. Dizzy Gillespie’s jazz); REMAP (36A. Chart anew); ATOLL (65A. Bikini, e.g.); and NEHRU jacket (31D.), that old eponym from the East.
Four letters: DOOR, DRUM, EIRE, EMAG, EPIC, HEMI, IONS, IRON, OMNI, ONEG, PEAT, PONY, SILO, URDU and URNS. Three letters: CRO, FAR, ILE, IOU, PAD, TON, UHF and ZED.
Today is Cheeta‘s 76th birthday, and from the looks of it, he‘s a cool customer!
Happy Birthday, CHEETA!
Cheeta, the male chimpanzee most famous for his roles in Tarzan movies of the 1930s and 1940s, also became the longest-lived nonhuman primate on record in 1996 when he turned 64. As of 2008, he is still alive (at age 76 on April 9th), living at a desert sanctuary named after him: C.H.E.E.T.A. (which stands for Creative Habitats and Enrichment for Endangered & Threatened Apes). He is reputedly an enthusiastic painter, and his paintings are sold to benefit the sanctuary.
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Across: 1. “The Divine Comedy,” for one; 14. It could be revolving; 18. Book of Mormon book; 24. ___ du Diable; 33. ___ -Magnon; 39. 1+; 63. Titan’s place; 64. A Rock band’s name often appears on it; 66. Language of the Hindustan Express; 69. Mulching material; 70. 10 C-notes. Down: 2. My little ___ (kids’ toy line); 3. Charge holders; 6. Prefix with sphere; 7. Mantel pieces; 21. Motor City org.; 30. Marker; 37. It has a horn: Abbr.; 40. Distant; 55. The Old Sod; 57. Fairway club; 59. Webzine; 60. Crash site?

2 comments:

Julie said...

Please clarify how AFR has some horns? Is it an abbreviation for Africa?

Thanks for the info on Cheeta!

DONALD said...

Julie

It has a horn (singular) meaning Cape Horn -- isn't Cheeta amazing!