Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle: 1969 Cream hit / THU 5-24-12 / Hot corner Yank / Commercial district / Capital known in literature as Thang Long / Youngest golfer to shoot his age in PGA eve

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1969 Cream hit / THU 5-24-12 / Hot corner Yank / Commercial district / Capital known in literature as Thang Long / Youngest golfer to shoot his age in PGA event

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Constructor: Derik Moore
Relative difficulty: Easy

THEME: “CROSSROADS” (62A: 1969 Cream hit … or a hint to the seven “mathematical” clues in this puzzle) — answers are American cities; clues are written [number + number], representing the two ROADS that CROSS in each city

Word of the Day: RAMAL (9D: Of a branch) —

The Ramal, is a metro line, part of the Madrid Metro, with only two stations and a total length of 900 m. “Ramal” in Spanish means “branch”. The line opened between Opera and Norte on 27 December 1925. At that time Norte was the main railway station for trains going to northern Spain and this short metro line was built to link the Norte railway station with line 2 of Madrid metro.However in 1995 the Norte railway station was renamed Principe Pío because most long-distance trains traveling north were now terminating at the new Chamartín Station. The Norte station still has RENFE services, but it has been scaled down and only local trains stop here. Part of the former station complex was converted into a shopping centre. Also in 1995 Lines 10 and 6 were extended to Principe Pío to interchange with the Ramal. The Ramal uses 4 car trains of CAF Class 3000.
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/ramal-madrid-metro#ixzz1vkbEmx6s

Theme answers:

  • 17A: 65 + 20 (BIRMINGHAM)
  • 4D: 55 + 40 (MEMPHIS)
  • 11D: 5 + 10 (LOS ANGELES)
  • 40A: 75 + 20 (ATLANTA)
  • 30D: 29 + 80 (OMAHA)
  • 44D: 75 + 94 (DETROIT)
  • 28D: 35 + 10 (SAN ANTONIO)

Bullets:

  • 53A: Carpentry item in a common simile (DOORNAIL) — “simile” part is cute, but it also made getting the answer terribly easy.
  • 13D: Jungle camping supply (MESH) — I assume this is like netting? To keep out mosquitoes? I wrote in a terminal “S” and had to fix it later—one of only a small handful of write-overs.
  • 52D: Syrian strongman (ASSAD) — Why are tyrants so damned crossworthy? OK, I’m thinking mainly of IDI AMIN, but still—I’d be happy to never to see this guy’s name in the grid again.

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