Author: Ogden Porter (Peter Gordon)
Theme: Rhymes with "icket"
- 20a: Character in "Pinocchio" (JIMINY CRICKET).
- 37a: Unlikely source of wealth (LOTTERY TICKET).
- 52a: Pseudonymous author of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (LEMONY SNICKET).
A straightforward rhyming scheme today, which is standard Monday fare. Only three theme entries here, but they're all pretty snazzy.
- 10d: 1975 #1 hit for the Bee Gees (JIVE TALKIN'). A great reminder of how terrible music was during the mid-70s.
- 3d: "Bein' Green" singer (KERMIT). Arguably the best Muppet song ever. So simple; so powerful. Love it.
- 29d: Commuting a sentence, e.g. (ACT OF MERCY). Nice fill.
- 1a: Sommer of "Deadlier Than the Male" (ELKE). Isn't it funny how things tie together sometimes. Here's Elke with the above-mentioned Kermit the Frog.
- 5a: ___ and Gomorrah (SODOM).
- 10a: Photo file format (JPEG).
- 14a: Tavern on "The Simpsons" (MOES).
- 18a: Tiger Beat's target audience (TEENS).
- 19a: Spot checkers? (VETS). Spot as in the dog's name. Very cute.
- 25a: Alamogordo event of July 1945 (A-TEST). It's always a guess whether this is going to be A-TEST, H-TEST, or N-TEST.
- 30a: "The Pirates of ___" (PENZANCE). Classic Gilbert and Sullivan.
- 33a: Challenger astronaut McAuliffe (CHRISTA). I watched this tragedy live on TV. It still ranks among the more horrific experiences in my life.
- 40a: One who might hail a cab? (WINO). Does this mean cab as in cabernet? If so, I'm not sure I get the "hail" part. And either way, all I can really say about this is "Ugh!".
- 41a: Brand of rum (BACARDI).
- 42a: Very quickly (IN A FLASH).
- 59a: Interjection of annoyance (BEANS). I've never actually heard anyone use this in this way, that I can recall.
- 63a: Remarkable thing (LULU). Awww... give me a "To Sir With Love" reference anyday!
- 66a: ___ turn (skiing maneuver) (STEP).
- 1d: Key of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 (E-MAJOR).
- 6d: Dyson rival (ORECK). Both brands of vacuum cleaner.
- 7d: One who commits a crime, in police slang (DOER).
- 8d: Atlanta arena that hosted the 1988 Democratic National Convention, with "the" (OMNI).
- 30d: Shrink (PSYCH). I'm not 100% sure whether this is a noun or a verb here.
- 37d: Bellybutton buildup (LINT). Ewwww.
- 40d: Xbox alternative (WII).
- 43d: Moon vehicle, for short (LEM).
- 45d: Invite to dinner, say (ASK OUT).
- 46d: Tachometer part (NEEDLE).
- 47d: Really enjoys (EATS UP).
- 49d: "First Look" cable channel (MSNBC).
- 54d: 1994 film directed by Michael Apted (NELL). Not terrifically hard to figure, but it still doesn't feel like a Monday clue to me.
- 58d: Murphy Brown's TV show (FYI).
Suns of Bitches:
- 23a: Giants defensive end Umenyiora (OSI). This seems like a stretch for a Monday, but again, this is a New York-centric newspaper.
- 49a: 1978-2002 Kenyan president Daniel arap ___ (MOI). Am I in a time warp here? I could have sworn it was Monday. Excusez-MOI!
- 22d: Second baseman Matsui (KAZ). Okay, no New York excuse here; this guy plays for the Houston Astros.
Well, the theme was certainly Monday-ish, but many of the clues and fill seemed much more mid-to-late-week to me. Not that the puzzle was that hard overall; it really wasn't. It's just that a few of them kind of surprised me. Still, I liked the puzzle just fine.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.