Author: Tom Heilman
Theme: Substituting homophonic baking terms in familiar words or phrases
Guest Blogger: Cross-Man
- 18a: Gluten? (FLOUR POWER) Flower Power.
- 57a: Without having been pressed or folded? (NOT KNEADED) Not needed.
- 3d: Like someone whose cornea is caked up? (DOUGH-EYED) Doe-eyed.
- 32d: All there is from crust to crust? (PURE BREAD) Purebred.
- 36d: Park that in 1933 held the first baseball All-Star Game (COMISKEY). A true sunny spot, like all baseball fields. Given that this year's All-Star Game just went by, this is a timely clue. Unfortunately, the name went corporate back in 2003. Isn't U. S. Cellular such a charming old-fashioned name?
- 38d: Moist, in a way (DEW-LADEN). One of the few interesting two-word phrases in this puzzle.
- 5d: Flattery(SOFT SOAP). And here's the other one.
- 15a: Pearl ___ (Gibson garnish) (ONION). I know martinis are somewhat popular again, but does anyone still drink Gibsons?
- 16a: Petty of "Tank Girl" (LORI). I only remember her from "A League of Their Own".
- 17a: Spitter's sound (PTUI). The traditional spelling, of course.
- 20a: One way to serve potatoes (AU GRATIN). Some might say it's the only way to serve potatoes, but I like mashed as well.
- 22a: Region of France that borders Germany and Switzerland (ALSACE). It also was held alternately by France and Germany multiple times between the 1840s and the 1940s.
- 23a: Job (HEIST). As in the 2008 movie "The Bank Job".
- 28a: Hit a short golf shot to be safe, with "up" (LAY). Golf? Was basketball out of town?
- 29a: Language of Sri Lanka (TAMIL). Sri Lankan didn't fit. Neither did Ceylonese.
- 31a: Gulled (DUPED). Did you know that the word "gullible" is not in the dictionary?
- 35a: Nice with (AVEC). Despite having seen Nice used this way so many times, this particular use caught me off-guard for a minute.
- 39a: Nike rival (PUMA). At least this wasn't AVIA. I had a blue suede pair of Pumas back around 1970, but I don't think I've noticed the brand much in the
US in recent years.
- 40a: "War and Peace" director King ___ (VIDOR). A great name, and he directed an astounding number of movies before I was born. I don't think I've ever seen a one. Not to be confused with King Baggot.
- 42a: Threat in "Deep Impact" (COMET). The real threat was to the acting reputations of Morgan Freeman and Vanessa Redgrave. Better than Shelley Winters in "The Poseidon Adventure", I suppose.
- 49a: Baseball stats (ASSISTS). Baseball? Was basketball out of town again?
- 53a: Drink of beer used to wash down a shot (CHASER). I never got this concept. If the first drink needs chasing, maybe it shouldn't have gone down the hatch in the first place.
- 54a: Disappearing acts? (ERASURES). Sure, if you use "disappear" as a transitive verb.
- 60a: Gannon University's home (ERIE). An awfully obscure way to clue this, but I certainly am sick of "Part of HOMES".
- 62a: Crackers (GAGA). Two other four-letter words that could have gone here: nuts and loco.
- 64a: Luster (SHEEN). I didn't know that Martin Sheen was so priapic.
- 2d: Caesar's censure (ET TU). For all his achievements, old Julius only seems to get this or "veni, vidi, vici" in crosswords. How about a Rubicon once in a while?
- 6d: Not matched up? (UNLIT). I don't really hear "match up" used as a verb in this sense.
- 7d: National park in Utah (ZION). Previously known as Mukuntuweap National Monument. Can't see why they changed the name.
- 8d: Debtor's letters (IOU). It wasn't going to be SOL (S*** Outta Luck, in case you're wondering).
- 9d: Filled with delight (ENRAPT). I prithee not speak this way.
- 11d: Midwestern tribe (IOWAS). A change from OTOES, at least.
- 12d: El ___ (Spanish painter who was born in Crete) (GRECO). The "who was born in Crete" was hardly necessary here.
- 21d: "___ Talkin'" (Bob Dylan song) (AIN'T). Of all the great Dylan songs out there from the 1960s, I'm supposed to know one from 2006?
- 25d: Rapper with a trademark clock necklace, informally (FLAV). Just his last name. His first name is Flavor, in case that helps.
- 26d: Sitarist Shankar (RAVI). Or father of Norah Jones, if you're feeling a bit more contemporary. Ravi is 88 years old.
- 48d: Nirvana's genre (GRUNGE). A good word, but it feels like there should be a cleverer way of using Nirvana to clue it.
- 49d: Pimply (ACNED). No, no, a thousand times no. While I'm not a big proponent of the breakfast test, I make exceptions for caked-up corneas and anything to do with acne. Using this ridiculous adjectival form only makes it worse.
- 50d: Ocean liner? (SHORE). I think the oceans surround the land masses rather than the other way around, but I still liked this clue.
- 51d: "Nights in White ___" (1972 Moody Blues hit) (SATIN). Never reaching the end...
- 52d: Alla ___ (cut time) (BREVE). A vaguely familiar phrase to me; I apparently need to work on my musical education.
- 56d: "On the double!" (STAT). And if you can't come up with this one ASAP, you need to work a few more puzzles.
- 58d: Sigh of satisfaction (AAH). Blaah.
Suns of Bitches:
- 5a: "The World of ___ Wong" (SUZIE). A 1957 book and a 1960 movie, which I've not read, seen, or previously heard of. The title keeps reminding me of a much later film, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar".
- 54d: "Peter Gunn" character Hart (EDIE). I suppose I had a better shot at knowing this, but it's really from the same bat time, same bat channel as Suzie Wong.
- 55d: Vet (EX-GI). Even after getting it from the crossings, I had to look at it for a while before understanding what it meant.
Thanks for listening.
- Ruy (Cross-Man)