Author: Bill Weber
Theme: Phrases with "OK" in them, twice.
- 20a: In any way possible (BYHOOKORBYCROOK).
- 38a: Falsifying financial records (COOKINGTHEBOOKS).
- 54a: Southeastern wetland (OKEFENOKEESWAMP). Home of the Pogo comic.
A nice triple set of 15s. I especially like by hook or by crook, which is such a great phrase. Easy enough, especially if you can spell OKEFENOKEE right the first time.
- 4d: Cheap trinket (TCHOTCHKE). This is not a word you expect to see on a Monday, let me tell you. But wow, what a great word. There were a couple of times I refused to put in the right answer because of the seemingly absurd consonant sequence it would have created. When I finally figured out what was going on, I just smiled. Very nice.
- 27d: British breakfast foods (SCOTCH EGGS). According to Wikipedia: "A Scotch egg consists of a cold hard-boiled egg removed from its eggshell, wrapped in a sausage meat mixture, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried." Hmmm... not so sure about that one. Sounds like a heart attack just waiting to happen. Looks kind of good, though.
Frankly, there's not much to say about the rest of the puzzle, so I'll keep it simple and tack in a few pictures.
- 1a: Surpluses (GLUTS).
- 17a/3d: Wyoming neighbor (IDAHO / UTAH).
- 18a: Cougar (PUMA). My high school mascot was the cougar, which I think is pretty common throughout the United States.
- 24a: One who hears "You've got mail" (AOLER).
- 31a: NBA great Erving's nickname (DR J). Dr J was the Michael Jordan before there was a Michael Jordan.
- 36a: Jazz singer Carmen (MCRAE).
- 44a: Iowa city on the Skunk River (AMES).
- 45a: Dry, as wine (SEC).
- 46a: Former #1 tennis player Stefan (EDBERG).
- 50a: Vietnam's capital (HANOI).
- 61a: Canceled, to NASA (NO GO).
- 66a: Poetic Muse (ERATO). The muse that shows up 99% of the time in puzzles.
- 1d: Smooth-talking (GLIB).
- 2d: 1975 hit by Styx (LADY). Remember it here.
- 6d: Food for Fido (ALPO). Alpo is not a food, it's a brand of food. I don't mind alliteration in clues, but this one seems a bit forced.
- 8d: Bombay, today (MUMBAI).
- 9d: Don't resign (STAY ON).
- 11d: Track for a car race (MOTORDROME).
- 13d: 32,808 152/381-ft. footrace (TEN K).
- 33d: Relief pitcher Orosco who closed out Game 7 of the 1986 World Series (JESSE). My first instinct was JASON, which was on the right track.
- 37d: Creation of automobile bodies (COACHWORK). I'm not familiar with this term, but it wasn't hard to figure out.
- 39d: Peace goddess (IRENE). I never even saw this clue.
- 48d: "Ray" or "Shine" (BIOPIC). Cute.
Suns of Bitches:
- 55d: Fashion designer Michael who's a judge on "Project Runway" (KORS). There's always one, isn't there. Good thing the crossings were easy, because this is not a name that even rings familiar.
Nice theme. Great word in TCHOTCHKE and a couple of other interesting fills. Most of the rest was pretty common fare.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.