THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE NEBRASKA
BestForPuzzles.com said: Bruce Venzke is a veteran crossword constructor who began constructing puzzles in 2001. Of the nearly 600 puzzles he has made, about 400 have been collaborations with other puzzle creators. He has been published by the NY Times, LA Times, NY Sun, Newsday, Wall Street Journal and various other newspapers and magazines.
Here is a C.C. interview with Bruce posted on February 2, 2011.
Two of Bruce's parallel entries paid homage to my home state (hence the title):
9. Land of Lincoln? : CORNHUSKER STATE - Yeah, even I had to shed the image of Illinois AND
28. Planter : SOWER - The statue that tops our state capitol building in Lincoln
Here are the balance of Bruce's wonderful grid spanners that were also very useful:
20. Grasp : GET THE MEANING OF - In Good Will Hunting, Will did GET THE MEANING OF things others couldn't
25. Some drips : SALINE SOLUTIONS - I'm sure one of these is a SALINE SOLUTION
43. Charter acquisition : TIME WARNER CABLE - This is the change we got last year in Fremont, NE
48. Markings on gridirons : MIDFIELD STRIPES - Where coin tosses occur. Wait, Joe, someone has to call it first!
4. Unrelenting attempt : SUSTAINED EFFORT - Keep going Sisyphus!
5. Usury protection : INTEREST RATE CAP - It's amazing what people will pay on short term loans
10. Airport agents see a lot of them : IDENTIFICATIONS - There are many of these sites online:
Here's the rest of Bruce's Saturday lineup:
1. Borrows without returning : BUMS - Also my Dad's beloved Brooklyn Dodgers
5. Intestinal : ILEAC - Relating to the ILEUM
10. Apple that's inedible : IMAC - I've been mad enough to take a bite out of ours a couple of times but not nearly as often as with PC's
14. 1966 N.L. batting champ Matty : ALOU - Get three vowels in your name and you'll make the starting lineup here!
15. Drag-racing fuel, briefly : NITRO - NITROmethane fuel minimally costs $10 - $15/gal but definitely gives you more 1. Value for your money, idiomatically : BANG - for your buck
16. Very serious : DIRE
17. Costner role : NESS
18. What tots might go after? : TATER - Pretty clever Bruce!
19. Many an RPI grad : ENGR - Some are on our blog here
23. Atmo- kin : AER - It's all up in the air
24. He served the fewest 20th-century days (83) as U.S. VP : HST - FDR died on April 12th and they finally gave HST details about the atomic bomb on April 24th.
34. Somali-born model : IMAN
35. Things for one to do : SOLOS
36. Blücher's title in "Young Frankenstein" : FRAU - Every time her name is mentioned:
37. Swing improvisation? : TIRE - He should improvise a sturdier rope
38. Move like Miley : TWERK - You'll have to find that on your own time
39. "__ it up and spit it out": "My Way" lyric : I ATE - Paul Anka heard this tune below (translates to As Usual) in Paris, bought the rights to it, came back to America and wrote My Way lyrics for Frank Sinatra
40. Learning ctr. : ACAD - My friend's brother got sent to Wentworth Military ACADemy to "straighten him out". Didn't work
41. "Peg Woffington" novelist : READE - Did anyone here, uh, READE it?
42. Covered, in a way : CLAD - As you see here
46. Tailor's concern : FIT
47. H.S. hurdle : SAT
57. Assorted mixture : OLIO
58. __ Bruni-Sarkozy, former French first lady : CARLA - From model to Première Dame de France
59. "Chocolat" actress : OLIN - Lena OLIN. Now Sweden is heard from.
60. Title derived from "Caesar" : TSAR
61. Early seal hunter : ALEUT
62. It's off-limits : NO-NO - I called my Aunt Norma Aunt NONO
63. Cease : HALT
64. Member of a 1969 MLB expansion team : PADRE - You'd have to be a real baseball junkie to recognize this most famous and highest paid 1969 Padre. Appropriate name, huh?
65. Difficult situation : STEW - A non-edible use of this word as a noun. I'd be more likely to use it as a verb unless I was cooking
2. Film apiarist : ULEE - Peter Fonda lives on in Crossword nomenclature
3. A majority : MOST - They got the MOST popular votes but not the necessary electoral ones. I couldn't name Samuel Tilden in this array.
6. He played Oskar in "Schindler's List" : LIAM - Neeson
7. Diminutive suffix : ETTE
8. Realtor's measure : AREA - Claustrophobia alert! Here's a five-minute tour of a tiny house with an AREA of approx. 200 sq. ft.
11. Flash Gordon foe : MING - The Merciless
12. Mythical vessel : ARGO
13. Random House co-founder : CERF - Best known for his work on this panel. Shown here in a very early edition!
21. Layer : HEN - It was so windy the HEN laid the same egg four times! Rim shot!
22. Tour finish? : IST
25. Occupy, as a table : SIT AT - Who is allowed to SIT AT your table is a big deal in school cafeterias
26. Firenze friends : AMICI -More than one AMICO
27. 2016 NFL returnee : LA RAM - The RAMS are easier to move because their helmets have no city designaton like KC and some others
29. City in southwestern New York : OLEAN - The largest city in Cattaraugus County
30. 2013 Grammy winner for "Royals" : LORDE - Born inNew Zealand as Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor. LORDE crossing READE could have been a trap for me but it came to heel (I'll take mixed metaphors for $200 Alex!)
31. Sonicare rival : ORAL-B
32. South African province KwaZulu-__ : NATAL - Da Gama founded this area on Christmas day and NATAL is the Portuguese word for Christmas. The northern part of this territory was ruled for years by the Zulus.
33. Kid stuff? : SUEDE - Leather items made from baby goat skins.
44. __ Chess: video game : WII - Most nursing homes (retirement homes?) have WII bowling which I really enjoy as well.
45. Train part : CAR - Arlo sang of The City Of New Orleans which had "Fifteen CARS and fifteen restless riders. three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail."
48. Clothes consumer? : MOTH
49. Victor Laszlo's wife, in a classic film : ILSA- When she thought Victor was dead...
50. Retro calling aid : DIAL - Thing used one is The Addams Family
51. Like a fantasy land? : LA LA
52. Historic plaintiff Scott : DRED - A horrible part of our past
53. Musical connector : SLUR - Notes sang/played without separation
54. One may be hatched : PLOT - John Wilkes Booth had laid out a very elaborate PLOT but only his tragic part of it hatched
55. Strauss' "__ Alpensinfonie" : EINE - An Alpine Symphony
56. Buffalo feature, often? : SNOW - Coming off our old cwd friend Lake Erie
What say you?
Notes from C.C.:
1) Happy 51st wedding anniversary to dear Gary and his amazing wife Joann! I met them when they came to Minneapolis for a wedding a few years ago. Gary is gracious, witty and patient in person as he is on the blog.
2) Happy Birthday to Chairman Moe (Chris), our wine and beer expert. Thanks for the punny haiku and daily fun!
3) The 41st American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (March 23-25, 2018) will be held at the Stamford Marriott in Stamford, Connecticut. For those who attend, I hope you won't miss the Cru Dinner organized by the great Mike Alpern.
The Cru Dinner officially kicks off the tournament and is a great opportunity to meet with constructors and fellow solvers. Our own Jeffrey Wechsler stopped by there last year. Today's constructor Bruce Venzke has been a ACPT judge for years. He might have attended one of those Cru Dinners also.
The space is limited, so be sure to contact with Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. Mike also takes fantastic photos of the tournament each year. See Rich Norris?
Mike just turned 71. Have to share with you this wonderful picture of him.
Mike just turned 71. Have to share with you this wonderful picture of him.