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0112-10 New York Times Crossword Answers 12 Jan 10

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.

Here is a link to my answers to today's SYNDICATED New York Times crossword.

Completion Time: 8m 58s
Theme: The "u" sound in cutie, feud, fuel and beauty, is replaced with "oo" in the four themed clues.
Answers I missed:  0

TODAY'S GOOGLIES (all links go to ...
15 PAAR: Jack Paar hosted "The Tonight Show" from 1957-1962.
21 ARES: Ares was the son of Zeus and Hera.
24 LARRY: Larry Bird played basketball for the Boston Celtics from 1978- 1992.
26 AMECHE: "Cocoon", starring Don Ameche, was directed by Ron Howard.
51 ARGO: Argo brand cornstarch first hit the store shelves in 1892.
53 PAIGE: Satchel Paige pitched baseball in the Negro leagues and then the majors, retiring in 1966.
59 VENTI: A venti-sized coffee at Starbucks is called that, because it is 20 fl. oz. size, and venti is Italian for twenty.
68 ODIE: Odie is Garfield's best friend, and a beagle.

1: LOCA: "Livin' La Vida Loca" means "living the crazy life" and is a single sung by Ricky Martin.
25 RFK: The Robert F. Kennedy Bridge was called the Triborough bridge when I lived in New York.
27 MYNAS: Some species of myna bird are known for their ability to imitate sounds, hence "mocking".
31 MAMBO: One of the symphonic dances in "West Side Story" was a mambo.
42 TSO: General Tso's chicken is a sweet and spicy dish of deep-fried chicken.
63 DEY: Susan Dey played Grace Van Owen on "L.A. Law", and the eldest daughter on "The Partridge Family".

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I do the New York Times puzzle online every evening, the night before it is published in the paper. Then, I "Google & Wiki" the references that puzzle me, or that I find of interest. I post my findings, along with the solution, as soon as I am done, usually well before the newsprint version becomes available.

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I worked on my first crossword puzzle when I was about 6-years-old, sitting on my Dad's knee. He let me "help" him with his puzzle almost every day as I was growing up. Over the years, Dad passed on to me his addiction to crosswords. Now in my early 50s, I work on my Irish Times and New York Times puzzles every day. I'm no longer sitting on my Dad's knee, but I feel that he is there with me, looking over my shoulder.

This blog is dedicated to my Dad, who passed away at the beginning of this month.

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