Author: Justin Smith
Theme: Phrases with items found on a playground.
- 17a: Ignore a problem (LET IT SLIDE).
- 35a: Airport conveyor (LUGGAGE CAROUSEL). I started with BAGGAGE CAROUSEL, which slowed me down slightly in the SW corner.
- 56a: Symptom of bipolar disorder (MOOD SWINGS).
Simple Monday theme. Unusual for the Sun of late to only have three theme entries, but that didn't affect the enjoyment of the puzzle any.
- 10a: Big containers of beer (KEGS). Beer clues are always welcome here.
- 15a: Scale whose third note is C (A-FLAT). I have to quibble a little about this one. A-flat is a note, not a scale. There are many A-flat scales: A-flat major, A-flat minor, A-flat diminished, etc. I suppose you can argue that in the absence of a specified scale one assumes the major, but I'm still not crazy about it.
- 16a: Model Macpherson (ELLE). I didn't write the puzzle; I just blog what's there.
- 26a: Letters on tires (PSI). Pounds per square inch, the standard measure of tire pressure.
- 27a: Fiancée's first word (YES). Cute, if easy.
- 31a: Some document transmissions (EFAXES).
- 44a: Yankee Stadium public address announcer Sheppard (BOB). We have to keep reminding ourselves that this puzzle is targeted for a New York City audience. There are a lot more famous Bobs out there that I would have preferred to see in a Monday puzzle: Hope, Crane, Denver, Newhart, ...
- 52a: Airplane restraint (LAP BELT).
- 55a: Orchestra tuner (OBOE). Everyone tunes to the lead oboe. We're not sure why, though I suspect it might have something to do with the fact that the oboe is harder to tune. I could be wrong.
- 4d: "Love Story" author (ERICH SEGAL). I don't know why I know this. I never read the book and I never saw the movie, and yet this name is taking up space in my brain that could be used for much more important things.
- 7d: BBC's Sports Personality of the Century (ALI).
- 8d: Military chaplain (PADRE).
- 10d: Nautical spine (KEEL).
- 11d: It indicates an omission from a quote (ELLIPSIS).
- 12d: Water-resistant paper (GLASSINE). My only problem here was I wasn't sure of the spelling. Specifically, whether it was SS or SC, and whether it ended INE or ENE.
- 22d: Last Oldsmobiles ever made (ALEROS). I wonder if someone at Oldsmobile was a crossword nut and named this model knowing that it would then live on forever in puzzles. That would be a cool story.
- 25d: Like a concrete slab that's made off-site (PRECAST).
- 32d: Feast alternative (FAMINE). Not much of an alterative. I'll opt for feast.
- 37d: Natural selection affects it (GENE POOL). I thought at first this might be another theme entry, but there doesn't seem to be a matching entry, and it's not one of the two longest down fills. Besides, most playgrounds don't have a pool.
- 38d: Los del ___ ("Macarena" duo) (RIO). I didn't even read the whole clue. The del was enough to guess.
- 42d: Collection of Jewish laws (TALMUD).
- 45d: Subtitle to the 1978 film "Damien" (OMEN II).
- 46d: Frank alternative (BURGER). A lesbian says to her partner, "Can I be frank with you?", to which the other replies, "No, I wanna be Frank this time!"
- 51d: Rapper's entourage (POSSE). Is this never clued to reference old westerns anymore?
- 53d: Puts one's two cents in? (BETS). Low stakes game, I'd say.
Suns of Bitches:
Pretty straightforward Monday. Nothing much else to add.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.