Author: Patrick Blindauer
Theme: Color rebus, where each primary color is used once across and once down. The correct answer at each of the three junctions is the secondary (combination) color made up of the two crossings. Bear with me, it'll make sense.
- 16a: Comment when recalling an embarrassing moment (WAS MY FACE RED?).
- 18d: It might have a long run on Broadway (YELLOW CAB).
- 35a: 1988 Errol Morris documentary about the murder of a police officer, with "The" (THIN BLUE LINE).
- 25d: "Fever Pitch" squad (THE RED SOX).
- 58a: Animated movie musical of 1968 (YELLOW SUBMARINE).
- 47d: Air travel option starting in 2000 (JETBLUE).
But you can't put both RED and YELLOW in the same square, so you enter ORANGE there. Get it?
Enter PURPLE here.
Enter GREEN here.
This is just the kind of cool and interesting theme that I hope to get when I see Patrick Blindauer's name. Very clever and entertaining.
- 24a: Take the wrong way? (STEAL). Excellent clue!
- 1d: Madison Avenue worker (AD WOMAN). Nice gender twist on the more common AD MAN fill.
- 12d: Spot spot? (TEA ROOM). "Spot of tea, Bruce?"
- 38d: Fruitless (STERILE). Great clue here.
- 1a: Smart, e.g.: Abbr. (AGT). As in Maxwell Smart. I given Don Adams his due in previous posts, so we'll go modern with the picture today.
- 4a: Dry, in a way (WRING). Nice clue.
- 13a: Cube's "Natural Born Killaz" rap partner (DRE). Two rap clues today. This one, and 55d: Gangsta rap pioneer (ICE T). Even though they're all well-known, that's at least one rap clue too many.
- 15a: Teen spots? (ACNE). Wasn't fooled here at all.
- 23a: Code name (MORSE). As in Samuel Morse, who invented Morse Code. Well clued.
- 29a: Nightclub (BISTRO).
- 31a: "Finding Neverland" dog (NANA). This shows up periodically in puzzles, so it's good to remember.
- 32a: Serviceable? (ONE A). Fit to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
- 46a: Novel whose first sentence is "I am Ishmael" (THE HAJ). By Leon Uris.
- 48a: They do amnios (OBS). Obstetricians.
- 49a: Bantu language related to Swazi (ZULU).
- 50a: Abbr. in the want ads (EEO). This is often EOE, which is what I entered first.
- 51a: His papacy lasted less than four weeks in 1605 (LEO XI). Popes are a necessary evil for filling grids. Just know that it's probably LEO or PIUS and some Roman numeral.
- 53a: Lorelei (SIREN).
- 54a: They're not color-blind (RACISTS). I find myself cringing a bit at this one. I think it's because I prefer a clue for RACISTS to not be in any way cute.
- 57a: High-performance Camaro (IROC).
- 62a: Pro Bowl wide receiver ___ Bruce (ISAAC). The name rang a bell once I got it from the crossings. And at least it's a "normal" name.
- 63a: King who went on a world tour in the 1970s (TUT). Also, a really silly Steve Martin song.
- 66a: Covert follower? (OPS).
- 2d: Bar food? (GRANOLA). Cute, but easy.
- 6d: Russell Crowe's middle name (IRA). That's trivia I really didn't need to know.
- 8d: It's easy to get down from them (GEESE). That one was telgraphed. Too easy.
- 11d: Former car model whose name is Latin for "untouched" (INTEGRA).
- 17d: Couple incorrectly (MISMATCH). You can get some amusing visuals if you let your mind wander on this one.
- 22d: Get straight (ALIGN). I guessed REHAB to start.
- 24d: Islam's largest denomination (SUNNI).
- 30d: Less reputable (SLEAZIER).
- 33d: Cover story? (ALIBI). I had the trailing I, so this one fell easily.
- 37d: The Hartford's bus. (INS). Hartford, the insurance capital of the world.
- 39d: "Right on!" (I HEAR YA).
- 40d: Ones who have moved to the right, for short (NEOCONS).
- 43d: Enchilada alternative (BURRITO). That reminds me. I'm hungry.
- 44d: Make a killing (CLEAN UP).
- 45d: Final stages (SUNSETS).
- 52d: Davis of "School Daze" (OSSIE). Never saw the film, but I've heard the name.
- 60d: AB part (BAT). Baseball: At bats.
Suns of Bitches:
- 61a: "Flashdance" director Adrian (LYNE).
- 56d: Drummer Hakim who was a member of Weather Report (OMAR). I know Jaco Pastorius, and that's it. They're most famous, I think, for "Birdland". At least, I couldn't name another song of theirs, though there are some great solo Jaco pieces. My favorite is "The Chicken". If you like funky jazz and/or great basslines, you gotta check it out.
After yesterday, an average puzzle would have looked good. But I really think this puzzle was excellent on its own. I found the theme interesting and the fill and clues to be, on the whole, quite entertaining. Nice job.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.