0121-10 New York Times Crossword Answers 21 Jan 10

The name’s William Ernest Butler, but please call me Bill. I grew up in Ireland, but now live out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m retired now, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world. I answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at bill@paxient.com

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This is my solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today …

Completion Time: Hours!
Theme: CUTS CORNERS … the four corners should have the word “nothing”, to make sense of the answers around the edge of the grid e.g. (nothing) PERSONAL, (nothing) FANCY etc.
Answers I missed:  2 … TRIS (TRES) CORDILLO (CORDELLO)

TODAY’S GOOGLIES (all links go to Amazon.com) …
14 D.C. CAB: The movie also starred Mr. T, and Irene Cara.
16 AGAMEMNON: Agamemnon was played by Scottish actor Brian Cox in “Troy“.
30 ‘ERE: “We shun it ‘ere it comes” is the name, and first line of a poem by Emily Dickinson.
41 EMU: A brevipennate bird is one which is “short winged”, and as such cannot fly, like an emu.
44 ZED: A clever clue! “Zed” (British for “zee”) is a character in the word “Zorro”, so it has nothing to so with the TV show “Zorro“.
45 IS A: Life is a Highway” is a hit by Tom Cochrane from his 1991 album “Mad Mad World“.
49 SLOVENS: A slovenly person doesn’t care much about his/her appearance.
51 STL: Lambert Airport in St. Louis is the largest international airport in Missouri.
52 TRIS: Tris Speaker was inducted in the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1937.
54 LOO: Another clever clue … one might be charged the rate to “go” in a loo the UK.
55 KOOL: Kool brand cigarettes are made by R. J. Reynolds. And, KOOL-FM plays classic hits in Phoenix.
62 OLLAS: An olla is a ceramic jar, usually used for cooking stews.
63 ALEXANDER: Jason Alexander played George on “Seinfeld“.

8 LENAPE: The Lenape are actually a group of Native American tribes, linked by a common language.
10 OCHS: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. is the publisher of the New York Times (as was his father, and grandfather).
12 TAMARIN: Tamarins are small monkeys found in Central and South America.
15 BUT NET: “Nothing but net” is a basketball term (and new to me … not a sports fan!).
20 SORENSEN: Ted Sorensen was John F. Kennedy’s speech-writer, and wrote his biography “Kennedy“.
26 NEREIDS: The Nereids are the fifty sea nymphs of Greek mythology.
32 OUR: Sinclair Lewis wrote “Our Mr. Wrenn” in 1914.
35 RRS: Railroads have railroad crossings.
36 CAUDILLO: Caudillo is general term (pun intended!) used to describe a military leader at the head of an authoritarian government.
45 ISOLDE: Tristan und Isolde” is an opera by Richard Wagner.
50 VOILE: Aptly enough, voile is the French word for “veil”.
59 MER: The sea (la mer) is bleu (bleu) … French.
61 JAG: XK and XKE are models of Jaguar motor car.