Archive for May, 2011

Look on the Bright Side! (05-01-2011)

Posted in Least Bitchy on May 1, 2011 by ericandabbie

One wrong.  Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.  To eric’s credit, he got it right.  But, to abbie’s credit, eric wasn’t sure.  Also, we had a guest performer who rocked it out until she voted with abbie and ruined the whole fucking puzzle.  Thanks, Karen! 

 

Great puzzle!  Really, really super.  Xan Vongsathorn really used his Asian-Scandinavian (Scandiasian) might to put this juggernaut together.  Cute theme—wasn’t totally obvious, but abbie really rocked figuring out the theme.  Lots of good clues: clever puns, well-placed question marks, non-obscure trivia (fuck you, Paula), and general merriment had by all.  We completed the puzzle in record time (we didn’t even eat our Fruit and Cheese plate… which has never happened before).  Karen’s presence is ultimately a net zero for her brilliant showing on the puzzle and total destruction of our Beer & Skittles party.  We can feel it though.  We’re having a Mother’s Day Beer & Skittles party.  Dianne and Claire, you’re invited.

 HIGHLIGHTS

  • 17A: One who may be removed (COUSIN).  Does anyone know how that system works?  Eric’s mom’s mom’s dad has a youger sister whose daughter has a son.  How is Eric related to said son?
  • 22A: Most awful thing you could imagine (WORST NIGHTMARE COME TRUE).  For a while there, we were just guessing worst nightmares.  Eric was afraid of being up a tree.  Abbie was more worried about suffocating in a tub of shrimp.  Your turn audience!
  • 25A: One with a deadly tongue (ANTEATER)  Karen got this one.  Really, she just guessed.  Anteaters use their tongues to kill ants.  Abbie uses her foot.  She’s just one small step away from being a basilisk.
  • 72A: Pluto, to Saturn (SON)  Abbie was focused on planets cuz she’s a nerd, and thus missed a Roman mythology clue… her other forte!  Great misdirection, Xan!  (That was the Asian side.  Crafty Asians!)
  • 78A: Doctor whose patients never pay the bills (VET)  Cuz animals don’t have money!  So silly!
  • 96A: Burger King vis-à-vis McDonalds, fittingly (ARCH RIVAL) Ha!
  • 14D: Almost every puppy has one (LITTER MATE).  Karen was pushing for a tail.  Seriously, she spent like two solid minutes trying to name puppies that are born without tails.  It was very sad.  Karen, quote, I’m gonna find them!  Then you’ll be sorry!
  • 30D: #2 or #3, say (LOSER) In this week’s edition of Eric doesn’t believe Abbie until ¾ of the way through the puzzle when half the crosses are there, Abbie suggested this literally two minutes into the puzzle.  It was probably the third-to-last clue we actually filled in.  Fuck you, John.  I mean, Eric, but still, hey John!  Miss you!
  • 41D: Kiss, in 34D (SNOG).  We should probably specify that 34D was LONDON.  We knew this from Hogwarts (Eric), Bridget Jones’s Diary (Abbie), and lots and lots of royal wedding coverage (Karen / 2 billion people).
  • 43D: Mohawked muscleman (MR. T)  Those are three great letters!  How is he not in every puzzle!?  Thinking of three great letters, where has Brian Eno been?  Is he alive still?  God we hope so.
  • 113D: Nickelodeon dog (REN)  Given our collective 90s upbringing, we should have gotten this sooner.  But, in our defense, did you know that he was a dog?  We’re not sure that he has a tail, which, I guess, proves Karen’s point.  What was Stimpy then?  And, what kind of a name is Stimpy

WILL SHORTZ’S MISTAKE

  • 26A: Rapscallion (IMP)  Waste of a great word.
  • 32A: Declaration upon checking oneself into rehab (I NEED HELP).  We think this is Xan’s secret cry for help.  Scandinavians are proud folk.  They won’t come out directly and say it.  But if anyone reading this is close to Xan, please check-in on him today.  It crosses really close to WORST NIGHTMARE COME TRUE.  I mean, this screams of desperation.
  • 3D: Surprise birthday parties often involve them (RUSES) Is it technically a ruse if you flat out lie to your friend.  (“Yeah, no, you definitely, uh, need to go get a haircut at 5:00.”)  Clarification: For those of you wondering the difference, Abbie has distinguished them as follows.  Ruse: a lie in which the person being lied to receives cake at the end. 
  • 4D: Wirehair of the silver screen (ASTA).  While doing some research, this quickly became a highlight (thanks Wikipedia!).  We are now proud to inform you that Skippy the Wire-Hair Fox Terrier (aka. Asta the Pooch) appeared in a 1934 classic, The Thin Man.  Turns out, he was credited with eight roles.  Wikipedia however has done some serious sleuthing and we are now excited to reveal that those bastards in Hollywood have shorted Asta the Pooch of three other Oscar-calibur title-roles.  AND, Skippy is uncredited in his one soundtrack, which is called (we are making none of this up) “Irish Washerwoman.”  Further, Skippy earned $250 a week by placing his paw on a contract.  His trainer–an actual human!–got only $60.  (Remember, all of this is true!  We checked Wikipedia!)  That funny business about the vet earlier… SKIPPY COULD PAY‼  Thank you Xan for introducing us to one of Hollywood’s most overlooked and undercredited stars of the Golden Age of Cinema.  The end (of this bullet point).
  • 74D: Big Apple media inits. (NYT)  We already bought your fucking paper.  You don’t need to pimp yourself, too.
  • 101D: Specks of dust (MOTES)  The one we got wrong.  Correction, the one that ericandabbie disagreed on and Karen fucked us over with.  To be fair, what is a “mote”?

We have nothing significant to add.  Good puzzle.  Go Skippy!  Next week: B&S.
ericandabbie