11.06.07 -- 5

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold, Charles Demuth (1883-1935) United States, oil on composition board, 36” x 29 1/4”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; NYC, 1928. The painting was inspired by the poem, "The Great Figure," written by the artist's friend William Carlos Williams


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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Puzzle by John Underwood, edited by Will Shortz

Is that a digitalesque black-square depiction of the number five in the center of the grid -- looks like it! There are six other fives in this crossword: FIVESTARGENERAL (17A Eisenhower was one); FIVEBELLS (23A 2:30, aboard ship); TAKESFIVE (49A Rests for a bit); QUARTERPASTFIVE (57A Shortly after quitting time, for many); FIVECENTS (3D Nickel); and GIMMEFIVE (32D Request for a congratulatory slap).

Across: 1. Home in an old warehouse district; 5. Virus named for a river; 10. Trans-Siberian Railroad stop; 14. Peculiar: Prefix; 15. U.S./Canada early warning syst.; 16. City bond, for short; 17. Eisenhower was one; 20. Move unsteadily; 21. Delon of “Purple Noon”; 22. Cedar Rapids college; 23. 2:30, aboard ship; 27. Dele undoers; 29. Something new; 30. Ho Chi Minh’s capital; 31. Boris Godunov, for one; 32. Rove, with “about”; 35. Full range; 37. It’s off the tip of Italy; 40. Bad-mouth; 41. GULF war syndrome; 45. NOMDE plume; 46. Chiang Kai-shek’s capital; 48. Mountain cats; 49. Rests for a bit; 52. Singleton; 53. “Waiting for Lefty” playwright; 54. Like Dickens’s Dodger; 57. Shortly after quitting time, for many; 62. Forearm bone; 63. Shul V.I.P.; 64. Pizzeria fixture; 65. Hot times in France; 66. Befuddled; 67. Try for a role.

Down: 1. Brit’s elevator; 2. Garfield’s foil; 3. Nickel; 4. Slugging it out; 5. ENTR’acte; 6. Feathery wrap; 7. Bobby of the Bruins; 8. Dillydally; 10. Brunch dish; 11. Wall art; 12. Symbol of slowness; 13. Ceramists’ baking chambers; 18. Welcomes, as a guest at one’s home; 19. Catches red-handed; 23. Jack Sprat’s taboo; 24. Hypotheticals; 26. Blunders; 27. Outbuilding; 28. Vehicle with a medallion; 32. Request for a congratulatory slap; 33. Pierce player; 34. Gray concealers; 36. End-of-workweek cry; 38. At a cruise stop; 39. Be worth; 42. AP competitor; 43. “My Name is Asher LEV”; 44. “For shame!”; 46. Colorful fishes; 47. Helper: Abbr.; 49. Brimless cap; 50. At least 21; 51. “The Family Circus” cartoonist Bil; 54. Home to most Turks; 55. Iris’s place; 56. Libraries do it; 58. Big Band ERA; 59. Turn state’s evidence; 60. “Sesame Street” channel; 61. Honest ABE.

...and the red fire truck?!


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dann walsh said...


i can't believe the number of folks that didn't see the '5' in the grid layout! all in all oretty cool...

("boo, hiss" on the verification thang)


DONALD said...

I think there was trouble even getting access to the puzzle yesterday, so the focus was not there.

Sorry about the verification thing -- it's temporary. I got a slew of spam, some of it salicious, and got tired of deleting it -- I mean, there were around a dozen a day (all on one post dated in May) -- sooooo...
I don't get enough comments to justify putting up with the deluge that was being sent from the spammers.

Maybe later in the week I'll test to see if I can remove the vertification "thang".

cornbread hell said...

man! the links you give us are so much fun. i can't even pick a favorite out of this batch. somewhere between the the 5-star general article, the snail picture, and the big band video there must be a favorite.

...or maybe it was the combo of the poem and the red fire truck video.


DONALD said...

Oh, it's gotta be the fire truck!