Author: Kevin George and Bonnie L. Gentry
Theme: Add the letter 'N' to the ends of common phrases.
- WONDER BRAN (17a: Awe-inspiring source of dietary fiber?)
- CRIMINAL LAWN (27a: Part of a prison yard?)
- KLONDIKE BARN (49a: Item raised on a Yukon farm?)
- FIT TO A TEEN (64a: Tailored for prom night wear?)
It took a while for me to glom onto the theme here, because my brain was trying to do a twist on WONDER BREAD, not WONDER BRA (because I'm such a wholesome, salt-of-the-earth, Norman Rockwell kind of guy).
Ok, maybe not, but that's what I was thinking all the same.
Anyway, it's a nice enough theme. None of the answers are particularly amusing, but they're okay. And they give me an excuse to post pictures like the one above.
- 4d: Pink Floyd member Barrett (SYD). This should actually be ex-Pink Floyd member Barrett, as Syd dropped out of the band to wrestle with his own sanity back in the 60's. If you've ever listened to way-before-Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd (we're talking Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Saucerful of Secrets here), then you've heard Syd Barrett. He also put out a couple of solo albums that are downright freaky.
- 44a: Cobalt or Neon. I was thinking GAS at first, forgetting that cobalt is a solid in its natural form. Either way, I was on the wrong track. The clue refers the Chevy Cobalt and Dodge Neon, and the answer is, of course, CAR.
- 70a: Pea jackets. I used to wear a Navy pea coat during the cold months at college in Montreal. I did not wear the more literal answer: PODS.
- 30d: Muck-a-muck (NABOB). This is a great clue! It also reminds me of the Tenacious D song Wonderboy, though they use the variation "mucky-muck".
- 33d: Nutcracker suite? (NEST). Nice clue.
- 10d: Rather formally? (DANIEL). Love this clue! Just beautiful.
- 50d: MLB team with a bridge in its logo. (NY METS). No, I'm not a Mets fan. Still, this is a cool clue. I also love how NYMETS looks almost like NYMPHETS in the puzzle. Hmm.... dibs on that theme!!
28d: Pharmaceutical giant that once sold Vioxx (MERCK). Nice looking fill word. Not many words that end in RCK.
58d: Overhead lighting? (HALO). Would have preferred a reference to the multi-million-selling video game, but that's okay.
53a: Drove around (TOOLED). Anyone know the origin of "tooling" to mean driving? Is it because cars used to be so unreliable that you needed to carry tools? Inquiring minds want to know.
38a: Future fish (ROE). I guess this is technically correct. It's just that all the roe I've seen has been in food form, and I hope to God it doesn't become fish after I've eaten it. Perhaps a "perhaps" is in order here.
Suns of Bitches:
Nothing particularly hard about this puzzle. A good, solid Tuesday.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.