Author: Alex Boisvert
Theme: Quip by comedian Demetri Martin
- I REMEMBER WHEN
- I USED TO REALLY BE
- INTO NOSTALGIA.
I know a lot of people aren't fans of quip and quote puzzles, since you only get one "Aha" moment instead of perhaps several. But I like Demetri Martin's brand of humor, so this one was fine by me.
- 5a: Sale spot (YARD). Yard, barn, tent, ... pick one.
- 9a: Excite (PIQUE).
- 14a: "Piece of My Heart" singer Franklin (ERMA). Aretha's older sister. Janis Joplin's version is a cover of this original. Hear it here.
- 15a: Prefix with mensch (UBER). I do like the prefix UBER-.
- 17a: Da ___ (from the top, in music) (CAPO).
- 19a: Barbecue sides (SLAWS). It's a rare barbecue that has multiple slaws, but okay.
- 23a: Italian sandwiches (PANINI).
- 24a: 180, familiarly (UEY). Guessed the correct spelling the first time.
- 25a: POTUS #34 (DDE). Eisehower, the 34th President of the United States.
- 32a: Fidel's brother (RAUL).
- 40a: Like the accent in "crème" (GRAVE). High school French to the rescue again.
- 41a: Verklempt person's cry (OY VEY).
- 45a: Beast in Numbers (ASS). We're talking Bible here.
- 50a: Longtime Kentucky basketball coach Rupp (ADOLPH). I didn't know this, but it's a common enough name that it fell pretty easily.
- 56a: Rapids transit? (CANOE). I'm not sure why the '?' is necessary here. My first instinct was KAYAK, as it has nicer letters. Here's a nice Winslow Homer painting on the subject.
- 58a: Jamaican tangelo (UGLI).
- 59a: Quarters where quarters might be played (DORM). Quarters is the bugle call indicating it's time to return to quarters for the evening. Hear it here.
- 61a: Popular cat name (CLEO). Really? People name their cats Cleo? I've never met a cat named Cleo. Or is there something about this clue that I'm missing?
- 62a: Railroad company known as "The scarlet woman of Wall Street" (ERIE). I'm sure there's a story here, but I'm too lazy to digging for what it might be.
- 64a: Felled (HEWN). This was in the destruction zone of the puzzle, along with 55d: Struck down (SLEW), 57d: Hack (AXE), and the red herring, 56d: Hack (CAB).
- 1d: Offering at epicurious.com (RECIPE).
- 2d: It's called Masis in Armenian (ARARAT). This clue has Peter Gordon written all over it.
- 5d: Superlatively scrumptious (YUMMIEST).
- 12d: Motor City org. (UAW).
- 13d: Overhead rumblers (ELS).
- 30d: "Cantar de ___ Cid" (Spanish epic poem) (MIO).
- 31d: Result of dropping a can of corn (ERROR).
- 32d: "You may ___ on it" (Magic 8 Ball pronouncement) (RELY). For those of you who never broke one of these open, here is what the inside die looks like.
- 33d: Winter precipitazione (NEVE). A little stretchy, but I know it's "neige" in French, so it's not totally out there.
- 34d: Walter's "Hopscotch" costar (GLENDA). Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson.
- 35d: "What hump?" speaker (IGOR). From "Young Frankenstein".
- 37d: Second-largest Mediterranean island (SARDINIA).
- 38d: Illuminati symbol (EYE).
- 39d: "Birthplace of ___ Pioneers" (phrase on an Ohio quarter) (AVIATION).
- 43d: Sobbing syllable (HOO). Half of Boo-hoo. Kind of weak.
- 45d: Current TV cofounder (AL GORE).
Suns of Bitches:
- 60a: Spaceship in "Wall-E" (AXIOM). I never saw the movie, so this was crossings only.
- 4d: "The Shock Doctrine" author Klein (NAOMI). Hitting my first-name weakness again here.
- 7d: "And Then There Were None" director Clair (RENE). Ditto.
Overall, this puzzle was just okay for me. The theme was fine, for a quote, but I wasn't crazy about the non-theme long fill. QUANDARY was good, if not exciting. YUMMIEST... well, jury's still out on YUMMIEST. SARDINIA and AVIATION are both a little dry.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.