In tennis, justice was swift, making the world a kinder and gentler place. Mercifully, it prevented such abuse from spreading to officials in other arenas, namely: judges who preside over traffic courts, pie-eating contests, and crossword puzzle tournaments.
In an earlier post, Joe mentioned Kim Clijsters. That got me thinking: KIM is one of the most versatile words in crosswords. It can be clued in connection with:
- Tennis player Kim Clijsters
- Actresses: Basinger, Novak, Delaney
- Musicians: L'il Kim, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth
- Kim is a 1950 film starring Errol Flynn.
- Kim is a novel by Rudyard Kipling
- Kim is a song by Eminen (misogynist-ick violent dreck -- not in my puzzles)
Solver's Takeaway: Keep socking away those short book titles like KIM or 'TIS. Important, as well, are: Toni Morrison's SULA, Vladimir Nabokov's PNIN and Herman Melville's OMOO and TYPEE.
A new KIM has glided onto the solving grid . . . the exquisite Korean figure skater Yu-Na Kim, who won the 2009 Worlds. Look for her at the Vancouver Olympics next month, and in future crosswords. YUNA is pure cruciverbal goodness, the first YUNA in this constructor's word list; she joins a handful of four-letter words beginning with "Y" and ending with "A." And any skater who wins the Worlds is grid-worthy, in my book.
You've seen LUNE clued in fill-in-the-blank style: "Debussy's Clair de ___" Here's Yu-Na KIM skating to Clair de Lune.
If only Debussy could see this . . .