The year was 1910 and there was a huge influx of immigrants into New York so much so that the foreign-born population rose to 41 percent. Meanwhile, the New York Public Library, a free public library of New York was being birthed into existence. In 1895, an agreement was signed to consolidate the Tilden Fund and the Lenox and Astor Libraries, two private libraries in New York. The Tilden Fund financed the construction of The Research Library located on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Construction was completed and the New York Public Library opened its door to the public in 1911.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY!
Puzzle by Bob Klahn / Edited by Will Shortz
Five trivia of The New York Public Library constitute the main feature of this excellent Sunday crossword:
24A. The Library’s rare first-edition printing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is, to its publisher’s chagrin, SUBTITLED A PARIOTIC SONG.
43A. Norbert Pearlroth spent 52 years of 60-hour weeks in the Library’s Reading Room collecting material for RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT.
69A. The Library’s Special Collections include one of George Washington’s creations, A HANDWRITTEN BEER RECIPE.
97A. The Library’s Periodicals Room was the source of most of the excerpted material in the first issue of READER’S DIGEST MAGAZINE.
120. The handle of Charles Dickens’s ivory letter opener, in the Library’s collection, is THE PAW OF HIS DECEASED CAT.
A collage of the New York Public Library Lions Patience and Fortitude flanking the underground stacks. The marble lions were designed by sculptor Edward Clark Potter and carved from Tennessee Pink marble by the Piccirilli Brothers in 1911. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named the Library mascots Patience and Fortitude for the attributes he thought every New Yorker should possess.
Other — BOROGOVES (11D. “Jabberwocky” birds), CAMBRIA (27D. Wales, in medieval times), CAUSERIE (2D. Informal talk), CHINA SEA (35D. Borneo borderer), DIVORCES (94D. Splits), ELM STREET (87D. Setting of Johnny Depp’s feature film debut), ENERGY BAR (7D. Vitamin-rich snack), HAILS and HOSANNA (61D. Huzzahs; 61A. Cry of praise), INDIANA (82D. Where “Parks and Recreation” is set), KNICKERS (66D. You may get them in a bunch), LENTIL SOUP (8A. Progresso offering), ON A SLANT (95D. Tilted), PRIME TIME (84D. Heyday), STAYCATION (59A. This is not going anywhere), TUBE TOPS (3D. Stretchy garments).
Mid-size — ABASE, ACT UP, ADREM, AESOP (51A. Fabulous writer?), AGENT, ANDES (55D. Llullaillaco‘s locale), APHID, APRONS, BICEPS, BLUESY, BONES, BOSOM, CADIZ, CAGNEY, COHEN, CROSS, DEPEND, DERBY, EAT ME, ECO LAW, ENCASES, FATHA and FATWA, GAPES and GAWKS (99- and 100-Down. Goggles), HAYDN, HOPES, INFRA dignitatem, IPODS, IRATE, IT’S ME, JAKES, JUDGE, KEANE, KELLY, KNURL, LIDOS, LOGAN, MESSY, MUGSY, OH DEAR, OLD BAT, ON CUE, ONION, ORIBIS (49D. Small African antelopes), RADIO, RAMSES, SAINTE, SATINY, SAUNA, SCOPE, SEINE, SIERRA, SLOTH, SNARE, SOCKO, TEARY, TESTY, TREND, TROUPE, TRUED, UNTIE.
Short stuff — ADDS, AIL, ARCS, ARGO, ASK, ASS, BLT (86D. Alphabetical order?), BOOP, BOSC, BRAG, BUD, CPR, CUBE, DER, DJS, DRAY, DSL, EAR, EBB, EYE, FETE, FORA, GEN, ICBM, IDI, ISO, JOSH, LYES, MARY, MEIR, MTA, NEAL and NEAT, NET, NNW, NOR, NOTE, ODE, OH SO, ORO, OUT, PAIN, RASH, REBA, RIG, RNS, ROB, SETH, SLAW, SOD, STEW, SWAK (115D. Love letters), TIA, TROU, TTY, VAT, WINE, YALE and YARE, YEP.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Be bratty; 6. Chaplin chapeau; 11. Center of emotions; 16. Long-range weapon, for short; 20. Spa spot; 21. It’s got game, often; 22. At just the right time; 23. Pants, in brief; 28. Pont Neuf’s locale; 29. Tractor-trailer; 30. Betty of “Dizzy Dishes”; 31. King at Karnak; 32. Wingding; 33. Unmanned vehicle that found the Titanic; 35. “Yankee Doodle Dandy” Oscar winner; 37. Piggish; 38. Spanish treasure; 39. Heavy cart; 40. Very; 41. Go out; 52. “The Creation” composer; 53. Ring site; 54. Jagged chain; 56. Lee, e.g.: Abbr.; 58. Big name in country; 65. Do some grilling; 67. Rail org.; 68. Amigo; 76. Uganda’s Amin; 77. Some chest-pounding, briefly; 78. Have something; 79. Boxes; 85. Take to a higher power; 88. Plot thickener; 89. Smooth as silk; 90. Article used by Einstein; 91. Grace in film; 93. Fashionable beach resorts; 101. Thermal opening?; 102. A Lincoln; 103. KFC side dish; 104. Dye container; 105. Hines of jazz; 109. Pull-up pullers; 112. Fret; 113. Tease; 114. Pinafores; 116. Spot on the staf?; 117. Neighbor of Swe.; 118. Button ridge; 125. Reddish purple; 126. Without digressing; 127. John who wrote “The Bastard”; 128. Go-between; 129. Goes on to say; 130. Cartoonist Bil; 131. Indolence; 132. Irascible. — DOWN: 1. Bozo; 4. Disconnect; 5. Hassle; 6. Internet option, briefly; 8. Kind of wave; 9. Crow; 10. Short agreement; 12 Lyonnaise sauce ingredient; 13. With 14-Down, visually investigate; 14. See 13-Down; 15. Predecessor of Rabin; 18. Caller ID?; 17. Sign of the times?; 18. Ulna and fibula; 19. Cartoon criminal; 25. Lachrymose; 26. Humble; 32. Roman squares; 34. Torrent; 38. Besides; 39. Bank (on); 40. Hag; 42. Pear variety; 44. The Hub hub; 45. Look on; 46. Wonderland cake message; 47. Inflamed; 48. Hockey goal part; 50. Barnstormers; 57. Shanghai-to-Beijing dir.; 60. Easily handled, as a ship; 62. Words of worry; 63. Helene or Genevieve; 64. Missile paths; 70. Products with earbuds; 71. Set straight; 72. Melancholy, musically; 73. Chart checkers, for short; 74. Mandatory recycling, e.g.; 75. Andalusian port; 76. Andalusian aunt; 83. High pH solutions; 92. Noah Webster’s alma mater; 94. Splits; 96. Dickens’s Mr. Pecksniff; 98. Good name for a thief; 106. Mullah’s edict; 106. Honeydew producer; 107. Drift; 108. They may be high; 111. Folkie Leonard; 112. Show-stopping; 113. Bench warmer?; 117. Actress Patricia; 119. Spruce; 121 Words of praise; 122. Spinmeisters?; 123. Can opener?; 124. Communication syst. For the deaf.