Author: Barry C. Silk
- 8a: Chihuahua timeouts (SIESTAS). See, we need siestas in the United States. A nice nap in the afternoon would make the workday so much more pleasant.
- 15a: Developer noted for its drive-through kiosks (FOTOMAT). Nowadays, every corner pharmacy does 1-hour photos, but I remember when this was a pretty novel concept.
- 19a: Car that is often black and rarely green (LIMO).
- 20a: Bolshoi bends (PLIÉS).
- 21a: She's buried in Kenya's Meru National Park (ELSA). The lion from "Born Free".
- 22a: Inning threesome (ENS). Cryptic letter clue. But since OUTS didn't fit, what else could it be?
- 26a: "Hamlet" courtier (OSRIC).
- 30a: ___ game (first matchup of March Madness) (PLAY IN). The final two teams selected play each other for the 64th spot in the tourney.
- 36a: Emulate running mates? (ELOPE). It has long been my belief that ELOPE is the word with the most really clever clues. This is certainly one of them.
- 38a: Cruise part? (ROLE). Tom Cruise, that is. Who, by the way, played Lt. Pete Mitchell in "Top Gun".
- 39a: Gave up the ghost (CASHED IN).
- 41a: One holding up a sign at the airport, e.g. (MEETER). This is one of those -ER words that just feels forced to me.
- 43a: They're cobbled together (SHOES). Nice clue.
- 44a: Sternmost member of a crew team (STROKE). I'd seen this before, fairly recently, and I still couldn't remember it without a couple of crossings.
- 55a: The Jalón flows into it (EBRO). You gotta know your four-letter rivers. As soon as I got the B, I knew which one it was.
- 62a: March honoree, informally (ST PADDY).
- 4d: Austin Powers's power (MOJO).
- 6d: Sent up (LAMPOONED). I started with LAMBASTED.
- 7d: Political leader from Georgia (STALIN). Anytime you see Georgia in a clue, you should be on alert. It's a common ruse.
- 8d: Another name for the sugar apple (SWEETSOP). I've never tasted this, but I've heard of it before. Not sure where.
- 11d: Laid-back (STRESS FREE).
- 14d: "Sisters" costar of Swoosie (SELA). That's Swoosie Kurtz and SELA Ward. And no, I didn't know it from the clue.
- 18d: Social psychology topic (MIND CONTROL).
- 24d: Roll-your-own grass? (SOD). The daily drug inference.
- 25d: In large quantities (BY THE DOZEN). Is a dozen a large quantity? I guess it depends on what you're measuring. My first thought was BY THE TRUCKLOAD, which of course didn't fit.
- 29d: Her first solo recording ("Ringo, I Love You") was released under the pseudonym Bonnie Jo Mason (CHER). The list of one-named singers was pretty easily narrowed to an era down by the Ringo reference.
- 34d: Tangy treat (LEMON TART). Mmmmm.
- 37d: Dragging (LISTLESS). This is a great word, and now I'm curious about its derivation. Can you be listful? It's definitely hard to grocery shop when you're listless, that's for sure.
- 47d: Secretary of the Pointy-Haired Boss, in "Dilbert" (CAROL). Love the Dilbert clues. Wally, Alice, Asok, Carol,... bring 'em on!
- 49d: Flew like a fly (ARCED). Like a fly ball in baseball, not like a housefly.
- 51d: Siberian city (OMSK). I love the name OMSK. It just sounds good.
- 55d: Place in a Robert Redford movie (ETTA). Etta Place was in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". Nice misdirection on the clue.
Suns of Bitches:
- 48a: Drawn back thing, for short (TAT). I don't get it. I had TA_, crossing the first letter of 50d: Hungarian wine (TOKAY), which I've never heard of. I just started guessing letters until I hit T. Someone out there will have to explain this one.
- 28d: "The Door to ___ Gorée" (second number in "Bring In 'da Noise, Bring In 'da Funk") (ISLE). Never heard of it. Got it from crossings.
- 53d: '90s Israeli president Weizman (EZER).
Except for the guess-the-letter crossing, this puzzle wasn't too hard for a WW. I came in under 15 minutes, which is a good time for me for a late-week puzzle. Some snazzy fill, too. Nice job.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.