This is my solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today. If you are doing the New York Times crossword in any other publication, you are working on the syndicated puzzle.
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Completion Time: N/A (watching TV!)
Theme: Three theme clues are FLOWER GIRLS: “Iris” Murdoch, “Daisy” Miller, and “Rose” Kennedy.
Answers I missed: 0
TODAY’S GOOGLIES (all links go to Amazon.com) …
11 PEZ: PEZ is an Austrian brand name for a particular candy sold in a mechanical dispenser. The name PEZ comes from the first, middle and last letters of P-feff-E-rmin-z, the German word for “peppermint”. Quite interesting …
14 TUTU: Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work against apartheid.
17: IRIS MURDOCH: Iris Murdoch was an Irish author, famous for her novels “Under the Net” and “The Sea, The Sea“.
28 DAISY MILLER: “Daisy Miller” is a novella published by Henry James in 1878.
37 T CELL: T cells are a group of white blood cells that are an essential component of the body’s immune system.
41 ARNIE: Arnie Morton founded Morton Steakhouses, after having set up a chain of Playboy Clubs for Hugh Hefner!
42 ASTRA: “Astra”, the Latin for “stars”, as in “Ad Astra”, the motto of my alma mater, University College Dublin.
43 IONA: Iona College is a Roman Catholic college run by the Christian Brothers, in New Rochelle, New York.
45 OTOS: The Otoe-Missouria Tribe are based in Red Rock, Oklahoma.
46 ROSE KENNEDY: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy was the mother of President John F. Kennedy, and eight other children.
50 MEME: A “meme” (short for “mineme”) is a cultural practice or idea that is passed on verbally or by repetition from one person to another.
64 ANN: Cape Ann is 30 miles north of Boston, and is the northernmost edge of Massachusetts Bay.
4 MUSEE: The Musee d’Orsay is one of the premier museums in Paris, and holds the world’s largest collection of impressionist art.
9 SACRUM: As children we have five vertebrae at the base of our spine that will have fused into one bone called the sacrum by the time we hit 26-years-old.
26 RUSSO: The lovely Rene Russo played Mel Gibson’s wife in “Ransom“.
30 SOLON: Solon was an Athenian lawmaker often credited with laying the foundation for Athenian democracy.
31 LENTO: A lento passage in a piece of music has a slow tempo.
32 ELIOT: “Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe” was written by Irish author George Eliot.
47 EMILIO: Emilio Largo was played by Adolfo Celi, in “Thunderball“.
53 AJAX: Tyler Mane played Ajax in the 2004 movie “Troy“.
57 PERI: Peri Gilpin played Roz Doyle, the producer on “Frasier“.
63 OLA: The Victrola was a phonograph in which the turntable and horn could be hidden away in a wooden cabinet.