Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera, for two – NYT Crossword Clue
MONDAY PUZZLE – Ready to bend and stretch and loosen up all those squeaky parts?
Adrienne Atkins, a 29-year-old graduate student from Philadelphia, makes her New York Times Crossword debut with a puzzle that will warm you up for the week of solving ahead.
10A. The sp. “At the end of the index” Piece of land in the sea: Sp. ” asks for the answer in Spanish An island is a little land in the sea, and the Spanish word for island is ISLA.
11D. No, the answer to “Those who rule the blind, maybe” is do not “the blind.” Some blind people use SERVICE DOGS.
12D. Lexicon Evolution Alert: The last time the word LATINAS appeared in the New York Times crosswords was in 1975, and it was listed as “Province and city near Rome.” In this puzzle, it’s about two famous Latin women, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera.
35D. I love clues like this. They are such a nice break from the quintessentially American crossword clue. The “letters Apt missing in” _tea_th_ “” are SLY, synonymous with “stealthily. “
46D. We usually see a PBANDJ sandwich written like PB&J or PBJ. Some solvers don’t mind alternate spellings, some do. I prefer to see them as they “happen in nature” (not stated), but that’s just me.
Sing with me! “Oh, the wrist bone is connected to the arm bone, the arm bone is connected to the elbow, the elbow is connected to the … to … whatever the name of the arm bone is …”
Ms. Atkins provides us with connected body parts, but not in the exact order they meet on the body. The four topic entries are two word sentences where each word is a body part. The sentences as a whole, however, are not about the body.
For example, at 17A, the response to the “Harmonica” index is ORGUE DE LA BOUCHE. MOUTH and ORGAN are the two parts of the body. “Organ” is a bit general, but we have them. Likewise, the answer to the index of 25A, “Place to barbecue”, is RIB JOINT, where the two parts are RIB and JOINT.
Why are the parts of the body doubled or twinned? The reveal at 61A is an allusion to the phrase BODY DOUBLE, the actor replacing a star on a movie set.
I’m excited to make my Times debut! I started building as a pandemic activity. Crossword construction has helped me overcome some of the anxiety of the first few weeks of lockdown, as well as the transition to the wobble of intellectual and creative work. I look forward to coming back to it every now and then when I need a mental refresh.
This was one of my first puzzles, and I had a blast thinking about the entrances. The trick was to make a list of body parts that had multiple meanings besides their anatomical meaning, and then come up with compound words from there.
Some of my favorite inputs are 20A, 11D, and 46D.
Originally my favorite clue was “bedroom must-have” for 20A, but this one didn’t make it into the final puzzle; I knew when I submitted the puzzle that the clue was too tricky for a Monday, but I couldn’t help myself. My favorite index now is 11D, which was suggested by the editors.
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