Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday's New York Times puzzle solved: February 12, 2018

My time: 6:04, not great.

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Michael Black charges us to do this puzzle whose theme is CARDHOLDER ("one with credit").  Hidden within three themed answers are three famous credit cards.

In the Priscilla Presley memoir ELVIS AND ME (surely she should have called it The King and I?) there's VISA, state capital OAXACA MEXICO holds AMEX, and we discover the credit card DISCOVER in "many a 1970s remix" DISCO VERSION.

"Sow, as seeds" is PLANT?  That's iffy, in my book.

Michelle WIE is a professional golfer who turned professional just before her 16th birthday.  I could barely get myself to school at that age.

John RITTER was in the movie Problem Child, perhaps not one of his finest roles.  According to IMDB, "A young boy is just short of a monster. He is adopted by a loving man and his wacky wife. The laughs keep coming as the boy pushes them to the limits."  Do they, though?  Do they really keep coming?

Neil SEDAKA sang and cowrote the 1975 song "Laughter in the Rain."

Stan GETZ was a jazz tenor saxophonist , nicknamed "The Sound" for his warm tone.

One of the first organized women's rights and suffragette organizers was Elizabeth CADY Stanton, who presented a Declaration of Sentiments in 1848.

"Big PAPI" is the nickname of David Ortiz, a longtime designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox.

The DAVIS CUP is the premier international team event in men's tennis.

The 7 Faces of Dr. LAO is a 1964 film starring Tony Randall.  Plot: A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.  So... not a horror film, then?

I'm amazed to learn that there was 1994 hit called "Here Comes the Hotstepper," by Jamaican reggae artists INI Kamoze.  This was covered on December 30, 2017, and it still seems to me like a fact from another dimension.

I think this was fairly difficult for a Monday. Some of those clues were a real PANE.

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