Title: Human Pretzels
Author: Ogden Porter (Peter Gordon)
- 16a: Best Picture nominee of 1989 (MY LEFT FOOT).
- 22a: 1973 Charlton Heston movie set in Manhattan in 2022 (SOYLENT GREEN).
- 50a: Indispensable assistant (RIGHT HAND MAN).
- 60a: Restaurant chain "for the seafood lover in you" (RED LOBSTER).
- 36a: Game that's the theme of this puzzle (TWISTER).
That's kind of cute, I guess, though I must admit I was somewhat underwhelmed by it during the solve. Granted, it's one a.m., so that might have had something to do with it.
Stuff of note:
- 15a: Fuzzy Wuzzy, for one (BEAR). Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, was he?
- 18a: Hub near Paris (ORLY). Just saw this a couple of days ago.
- 20a: Pellet shooter (AIRGUN).
- 25a: It can be overridden by Congress (VETO).
- 28a: Dr. of G-funk (DRE).
- 29a: Like Leif Ericson (NORSE).
- 30a: Mercury, e.g. (PLANET). Also a metal, a liquid, a car, a Roman God, ...
- 33a: "The ___ Incident" (1943 Henry Fonda film) (OXBOW). Was this remade? I don't recall ever seeing it, so why do I know the name?
- 35a: With 32-Down, 74 inches tall (SIX / TWO).
- 41a: Rod-shaped intestinal bacteria (ECOLI). Yuck.
- 47a: Jack of "Barney Miller" (SOO).
- 49a: Given the boot (AXED). People at my company have been AXED recently, so this one hits home a little too hard.
- 54a: Ivy League city in New York (ITHACA). Home of Cornell.
- 55a: In reality (DE FACTO).
- 2d: Polident pitchwoman Martha (RAYE).
- 3d: Creator of Perry and Della (ERLE). Perry Mason, Della Street, Erle Stanley Gardner.
- 4d: Ralph Kramden portrayer (GLEASON).
- 5d: Having a lot of pluck (GUTSY). I like pluck as a noun.
- 12d: Adulteress in "The Scarlet Letter" (PRYNNE).
- 17d: "Alice" waitress (FLO).
- 26d: ___ Lilly (pharmaceutical giant) (ELI).
- 27d: Part of VAT (TAX). Value added tax.
- 31d: "Yadda, yadda, yadda": Abbr. (ETC ETC).
- 37d: Ingrid's "Casablanca" role (ILSA).
- 40d: Enter into an altared state? (WED). Very nice.
- 43d: 108-card game (CANASTA).
- 44d: People with convictions have them (PRIORS).
- 45d: Word with test or paper (LITMUS).
- 46d: Filled with horror (AGHAST).
- 48d: Small quantity of stock shares (ODD LOT).
- 51d: Women's room? (HAREM).
- 52d: Speaks in Persian? (MEOWS). Cute.
- 56d: Key letters (CTRL). Keyboard key.
Not much to say about this one, except that I thought it was really, really easy. Like NYT Monday easy, which isn't usually the case with the Sun puzzles. And I'm half in the bag, too. So, I'll just sprinkle some pictures here and there and call it a night.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.