Author: Alex Boisvert
Theme: Famous catch phrases from five decades of television.
- 17a: Catchphrase of '60s TV (SOCK IT TO ME). From "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
- 25a: Catchphrase of '70s TV (BOOK 'EM DANNO). From "Hawaii Five-O"
- 37a: Catchphrase of '80s TV (ISN'T THAT SPECIAL). From "Saturday Night Live"
- 47a: Catchphrase of '90s TV (HELLO NEWMAN). From "Seinfeld"
- 57a: Catchphrase of '00s TV (YOU'RE FIRED). From "The Apprentice"
Ok, this is going to be short post as I had a high-school graduation and party this weekend, plus a baseball game, Father's Day, watching the U.S. Open (Go Tiger!) and watching the NBA Finals (Go Celtics!). I'll let you guys pick up the slack in the comments.
I like the theme. Nice, easy concept, but with colorful, evocative phrases that bring you back to times in your life that you watched the shows in question.
Not too much really jumped out at me in this one. The most interesting fill is probably:
- 53a: Its ingredients may include cocoa, confectioners' sugar, and vanillin (EXLAX). It may not pass the "breakfast test", but it's a cool word and has two Xs.
- 6a: Exam with maximum score of 45T (MCAT). I was not familiar with the scoring system of the MCAT, but there aren't that many exams that show up in puzzles: SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT. That's about it.
- 10a: "Up and ___!" (Radioactive Man's battle cry) (ATOM).
- 14a: Hot house of sorts (SAUNA). Not too deceptive.
- 15a: Lake that contains Canada's southernmost point (ERIE). Easy.
- 16a: Man-to-man alternative (ZONE). Topical with the NBA finals going on.
- 31a: Hit song's place (SIDE A). For whatever reason, SIDE B seems to show up more in puzzles.
- 43a: Sporty auto, for short ('VETTE).
- 45a: Is steamed (SEES RED). Does this phrase originate from bull fighting (like the bull getting angry from seeing the red cape)? Or something else?
- 65a: Airline that doesn't schedule flights on Shabbat (EL AL).
- 66a: Bollix (up) (MESS). I like the clue for this one.
- 67a: Allowed, for short (LEGIT).
- 3d: Jean-___ Picard ("Star Trek" captain) (LUC).
- 4d: "Puppy Love" singer Paul (ANKA). I don't know why I know this.
- 5d: Vessel moved by the wind (SAILBOAT). Dull, as sailing clues go, but still a sailing clue.
- 7d: Kick the bucket (CROAK). "Kick the bucket" is one of the all-time great euphemisms. Croak? Well, not so much.
- 11d: Venom, e.g. (TOXIN).
- 12d: ___ rings (fried side) (ONION). Mmm. Food.
- 21d: ___ Bach ("Fanfare for the Common Cold" composer) (PDQ). Funny stuff.
- 34d: Explosive liquid, briefly (NITRO).
- 35d: Dinger (TATER). Slang for home run, in baseball.
- 38d: Word with French or English (HORN).
- 40d: Not at all dull (EVENTFUL).
- 44d: Hottie (FOX).
- 47d: Pronoun with a slash (HE/SHE).
- 48d: Sing the praises of (EXTOL).
- 49d: Cousin of an alpaca (LLAMA).
- 51d: Defeats handily (WHUPS). Something seems wrong with this spelling, but I'm not sure what.
- 59d: Scott Joplin creation (RAG). Love Scott Joplin. Good stuff.
Suns of Bitches:
- 28a: Jeremy Piven's role on "Entourage" (ARI GOLD). Huh?
- 10d: Hyundai sedan (AZERA). Never heard of this one, either.
Luckily, both were easily determined from the crossings.
Lots of Xs for a Monday puzzle. Nice theme. Average fill. Overall, a decent Monday.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.