New York Times crossword May 12 / Constructed by David J. Kahn
Not much to write about today’s crossword. Simply put: There’s no payoff.
The puzzle’s theme is “A piece of long-winded advice,” which is spread among 29-, 44-, 63-, 77- and 93 Across: POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES / OF A PLAN OR DECISION ONE / CANNOT REVERSE SHOULD BE / HEEDED PRIOR TO THE TIME / AN ACTION IS EFFECTUATED.
The “kicker,” if you could call it that, comes at 24 Down: “This puzzle’s long-winded advice, simply put”: LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP.
Ugh. Thanks for that insight.
Long Answers Dept.: Unusual non-theme entries include CLUB SODAS (“Some mixers,” 22 across); LITTLE TRAMP (“Charlie Chaplin persona, with ‘the’,” 103 Across); LETTER GRADE (“One way to measure a student’s progress,” 24 Across); and TABLE-HOPS (“Works the room, maybe,” 4 Down).
Haha Dept.: “‘A horse designed by a committee’” is a CAMEL (99 Down).
Happy Mother’s Day Dept.: I am both grateful and horrified to have inherited the grammar gene from my mom, the (now retired) high school English teacher. Now I spend my time wondering when “iced tea” became ICE TEA (“Cooler in hot weather,” 89 Down).
If Only Dept.: “Pitching muscle, for short” is a DELT (116 Across). Here’s hoping the Phillies get some to replace Roy Halladay.
Philly Shout-Out/Dragon Tattoo Dept.: “Former Swedish P.M. Palme” is OLOF (30 Down), which I know from my current reading of “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.” By coincidence, the king and queen of Sweden were in Philly over the past couple of days. As we were waiting for them to arrive at City Hall, a fellow journalist asked me if I was gathering string for a future crossword post – yes! And thanks for reading.