Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tuesday's New York Times crossword puzzle solved: November 6, 2018

My time: 5:28.

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Not a bad time, and speaking of time, time to vote the greedy lying nepotistic racist bastards out.  Let the good Lord curse them, with a dreadful murrain, and goiter, and boils on them, yea, verily, even unto their nakedness.

Anyhoo, Alan Southworth and Yacob Yonas (surely that name is made up; it's preposterous) created this affable Tuesday puzzle, which uses my favorite theme subjects ever --- superheroes!  More specifically, it plays with puns on the ALTER EGO of several well known superhumans.  "Superman's fist?" is DUKE OF KENT.  "Iron Man without any clothes," the one that I got right off, is STARK NAKED.  "Batman's water springs?" is FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE --- you have to be both a comics nerd and have a fondness for almost-popular indie rock for this one.  "Spider-Man not minding his business" is NOSY PARKER, which is weak because doesn't play on a double meaning.  Finally, "when the Hulk was born?" is BANNER YEAR, ha ha!

I never gave the Wharton School much thought.  It is the business school at U. PENN.  Established in 1881 through a donation from Joseph Wharton, the Wharton School is the world's oldest collegiate school of business.

Lecterns are in fact not PODIA.  Bad mistake, Alan and Yakob and Will Shortz.

The UGLI clued as a hybrid fruit (of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine) appeared a long while ago, on October 15, 2017.

"Fastener named for its shape" T-NUT has been used a lot.

I remembered the word PASEOS from way back on March 1.  Not bad!

South Carolina's state bird, the Carolina WREN, was spotted on March 7.

Clever clue: "Hot rods?" is POKERS.

Well, that's it for me.  Almost no new concepts.  And without further ADO, I'm off to go watch some of what I can only hope are not terrible, disappointing election results.

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