Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My time: 10:02.

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David J. Kahn offers a fun western-themed puzzle, with DOC HOLLIDAY, IKE CLANTON, and GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL ("renowned 1881 event that lasted about 30 seconds" --- no, the answer isn't 'your mom's conception') all making appearances.

Then, the ringed squares in the middle offer WELL, FAIR, JAKE, and FINE --- a veritable CORRAL of ways to say O.K.  Pretty clever!

In other news...

"Banks of Chicago" is ERNIE, as in Ernie Banks, a.k.a "Mr Sunshine," shortstop of the Chicago Cubs 1953-1971, and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

San REMO a.k.a Sanremo is a coastal city in Liguria, Italy, known for its cycling race.

[Arthur] ASHE Stadium, in Queens, is the largest tennis-specific stadium in the world.  Initially I put *SHEA, which I guess was an intentional trap, as Shea was also in Flushing-Meadows Corona Park in Queens, until it was destroyed.  Which is why David J. Kahn left off the Arthur in the clue.

TINO Martinez was a first baseman for several teams and as far as I can tell peaked in college.

LARA Logan is a well-regarded journalist of whom I have never heard.  It's worth noting that a large group of Egyptian Muslims will act and think at about the level of a group of enraged apes.

"Wall St. trader" is ARB, which I got from crossfill.  It is short for arbitrageur.

Clever clues: "Club for swingers" is BAT.  Ha!  Swingers.

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