Literary critic Broyard / SAT 8-6-11 / Patron saint of carvers / Biblical endings / Hymn words before beyond all praising
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Anatole Paul Broyard (July 16, 1920 – October 11, 1990) was an American writer, literary critic and editor for The New York Times. In addition to his many reviews and columns, he published short stories, essays and two books during his lifetime. His autobiographical works, Intoxicated by My Illness (1992) and Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir (1993), were published after his death.
After his death, Broyard became the center of controversy and discussions related to how he had chosen to live as an adult in New York. He was criticized for failing to acknowledge his black ancestry. (wikipedia)
Puzzle was easy to get into because of the raft of gimmes up top, including I'D BE, EEL, CATS, and TAE. After that, there wasn't much to stop my steady flow through the grid. Had minor issues getting the OVER part of EAT OVER and LARA (what is it with that comic and four-letter L-names for women?!). Also had issues when I assumed 65A: "The Morning Show Murders" novelist (AL ROKER) was an actual novelist.
- 63D: Grp. in 1974 news (SLA) — I often put PLO where I want SLA.
- 60D: Blue-roofed chain (IHOP) — another gimme. My favorite
- 26D: Patron saint of carvers (OLAF) — is there anything he *can't* do? (I treat all OLAFs as the same guy)
- 15A: 1977 Jacqueline Bisset movie ("THE DEEP") — now here, I *like* the definite article, mainly because it's part of the the title of the movie and without it the answer would just be "DEEP," which would, technically, be wrong. If you follow.
- 31A: It might go for big bucks (DOE) — I want a "?" here, just because of the anthropomorphization of the damn DOE. "Go for?" She's in the woods, not a singles bar.