Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Is There a Blessing for 50 Across?

Yes, that wacky NYT Sunday puzzle has thrown me for a loop again with it's occasional odd conservative bias.  This one isn't an out-and-out fiction, but still:

Across
50.  Political appointee
appears to be  "CZAR."  As I said last time, really?  I mean, it's an awful definition...a tiny handful of all (American, presidential) political appointees are sometimes called "czars," and I do believe that there are quite a few non-governmental jobs that get the nickname "czar" (i.e. supply closet czar) despite not being political appointees.  Not to mention those old Russian dudes.  I don't know...perhaps I'm seeing right-wing crazy when I'm really just peeved at a poor clue, but I'll certainly be watching out for, oh, I don't know...

Death ____  (six letters)

Presidential birthplace (five letters)

Fair and balanced network (three letters)

And of course,

Smartest investment (four letters)

4 comments:

  1. You might want to watch that new series, Rubicon.

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  2. 30 Across - Dylan: "You don't need a _____ to know which way the wind blows" (10 letters)

    41 Down - Obama mentor (see 30 Across) (5 letters)

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  3. My two cents say you're crazy. A czar *is* a kind of political appointee, it's a bipartisan term (presidents from both sides have enthusiastically pointed to appointments of czars in the past), and it's just a completely uninteresting definition.

    I'll put it another way -- "out and out fiction"? This is stone, cold fact. A czar is one type of political appointee. Now, in 10 years maybe you can make the case that it's getting a bit dated, but as of now, it's perfectly fine.

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  4. May God...bless and keep the Sunday Times crossword puzzle...far away from us!

    We have better things to do...like read blogs and listen to old musicals.

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