NYT Crossword Answers: MLB First Rookie of the Year (1947)
TUESDAY PUZZLE – Congratulations to Guilherme Gilioli, the 89th first builder of 2021! Besides being now a New York Times crossword builder, Mr. Gilioli also creates crossword puzzles. in Portuguese. I always wondered how non-English crosswords handled accents in the grid, so I went to see his site investigate. There, at the top of each puzzle, I found a note in Portuguese saying to the solver not to use accents, tildes or special characters, with the exception of Ã. Interesting!
I am deeply in awe of polyglots like Mr. Gilioli who are so linguistically talented that they speak several languages ââbut also create word games in several languages. I think the closest I could ever personally approach such a talent would be to write a crossword puzzle with clues in porcine Latin, and I can’t imagine anyone would find that enjoyable. So instead, let’s dissect some slay ickytray.
40A. If you know anything about the Wordplay column, then when you saw the “Important feature of a fennec fox” hint for EAR, there would have been no doubt in your mind what the photo would be like. top of today’s column. Please.
43A. Today I learned (TIL): It never occurred to me that PIQUE was a “card suit that symbolizes a medieval weapon”. I always assumed the costume was named after the gardening tool, which loosely took the shape of the costume symbol – how wrong I was!
61A. Solvers who aren’t in 1990s cartoons might be forgiven for thinking that “Pinky and the Brain, for two” are body parts, or something like that. Yet they are cartoon laboratory rats (TOONS) who try to take over the world every night.
65A. The question mark here means pun. The index “First place? Refers not to the place on the winning podium in a sports competition but rather to the very first place, biblically speaking: the Garden of EDEN.
1D. Another play on words! In this one, “Caesar dressing? Refers to the clothes Caesar could dress in (a TOGA) rather than the delicious mixture that one could garnish a salad.
34D. Another TIL: ORRIS ROOT is an “ingredient of perfume and potpourri”. I did some research on the internet, and it looks like ORRIS ROOT is the name for the root of several species of iris, and when used to make syrups it tastes like raspberries. .
46D. It’s just a bit of crossword puzzle glue that you might need to memorize. A “long, thin strip used in building construction” can be either a “batten” or a SPLINE – your best bet here is just to count the number of letters!
52D. Seasonal Clue Alert: “___ on the roof, click, click, click …” are lyrics from the Christmas carol “UP ON the Housetop” about where you might expect to find Santa Claus.
56D. An STA is a ‘metro stop: Abbr. In that it is the abbreviation of STAtion.
57D. “It may give you visuals” is the clue to LSD, a drug that can make you hallucinate. (Or, like this puzzle, give yourself some visuals!)
Theme of the day
This theme is really amazing! Or, well, SPOON TO SPOON, anyway. The grid contains five occurrences of the letters SPOON folded in various configurations indicated by shaded squares.
For example, take a look at 32A: we have the clue “Sewing supplies store” for SPOOLS. Directly under SPOOLS is the EAR entryNOT. Between the two entries you can find the letters SPOON, “folded” DE LA SPOO de SPOOLS in the N of the EARNOT.
I appreciate that none of the SPOON setups repeat – each is folded in a unique way, including the one that starts at 43A that folds into itself twice. And, since the visuals were all differently shaped, you couldn’t add the letters of the word SPOON, even if you had guessed the theme, until you found a few crosses. This made the grid art useful but not a dead giveaway for the placement of the SPOONS. It is a beautiful construction!
As Mr. Gilioli describes in his notes below, SPOON BENDING is a magic trick that was popularized by Uri Geller in the 1970s. A clip of Mr. Geller failing to perform this trick live on âThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,â which Mr. Gilioli mentions in his notes, is below.
Hello, my name is Guilherme Gilioli, and I am very happy to make my debut in the newspaper! I am a puzzle from Brazil. I work as a crossword builder creating jigsaw puzzles for magazines, but in Portuguese. I submitted several puzzles to the New York Times, and finally this one did.
About the puzzle: I got the idea while watching several James Randi videos, including the movie “An Honest Liar”. I don’t remember if it was a scene from the movie or not, but I do remember seeing a clip where Johnny Carson from âThe Tonight Showâ was talking about debunking Uri Geller. Randi knew how he did the tricks and swapped the rigged spoons he was supposed to bend for normal spoons.
Well, so I thought, “Why not bend spoons into a puzzle?” – you can see the result now.
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