Author: Patrick Blindauer
Theme:Seven across entries have a double-O phrase in the place of the more common single-O one.
17A: Cheerleaders? (MOOD SQUAD) One white, one black, one blonde; they're cops on a soul beat. My feelings about "The Mod Squad" changed a lot during its five-year run. When it started in 1968 I was ten years I thought Pete, Linc and Julie were cool heroes but by the time it ended in 1973 I thought they were dirty turncoat traitors. I did however still have a crush on Peggy Lipton.
But these guys weren't real hipsters. Look they can't even spell "groovy."
21A: Test on which to use a number two pencil? (POOP QUIZ) I guess it reveals what a high-brow I am when I tell you that was far and away my favorite of the themed entries. Double potty humor -- number two pencil! that's funny.
30A: Pail for bailing out a single-master vessel? (SLOOP BUCKET)
36A: Trousers for Woodsy Owl (HOOT PANTS) Give a hoot, don't pollute!
48A: Midday menthol (NOON SMOKING)
55A: Entrance stairway discontinuity (STOOP GAP)
61A: Like people with hoops in their lobes (LOOP EARED) I wish PB had found another way to clue this one. HOOP and LOOP are just too close for comfort.
I always like sexy-sounding clues and this puzzle starts and ends with them. 1A: They get laid (EGGS) and 65D: One who's coming out (DEB). Along the same lines there's 32D: Castrated cock (CAPON)
I can't remember now exactly who the Mod Squad worked for, but DEA is right under them in this puzzle (20A: Busters; abbr.) and that seems likely that they would probably turn in all their pot-smoking buddies first.
52A: Abbr. on a holey vestment (IRR) 48D: Russell of "The Wiz" (NIPSEY) He was a ubiquitous figure on 60s and 70s game shows, usually showcasing poems like this:
49D: Member of the WHO (ORG) That's world health organization, of course, not the guys responsible for "Behind Blue Eyes."
71A: Its logo is a crowned griffon (SAAB) I could see that griffon in my mind, but I didn't get the answer until I had S_AB.
43A: the 2s in 2 + 2 = 4 (OPERANDS) Well, damn, it looks like my fourth grade teacher Miss Overton lied to me again. She told me they were called ADDENDS.
58A: "The Premature Burial" writer (POE) Not one of his most famous stories.
Suns of Bitches:
The whole southwest corner was a bugaboo for me for a long time. I'm not big on westerns so I didn't know 40A: 1966 Howard Keel western (WACO) and I really wanted 42D: Entertainment option since the 1950s (COLOR TV) to be TV MOVIE. It was hard to let go of because all I had was that O in the fourth square so that would have worked. I also wanted 69A: Emissary (ENVOY) to be PROXY.
It's not that hard, but I initially missed 6D: Only valid three-letter Scrabble word that doesn't contain Y or any consonant (EAU). (I had IOU). By the way I don't know if it's the only three letter Scrabble word with no vowels, but NTH is a good one to remember when your rack is consonant-heavy.
Not knowing what a hackberry is, I also missed 1D: Hackberry's cousin (ELM). (I had ELK, which is embarrassing cuz I don't think berries and mammals are very closely related.
That's all I've got this time. See you next Thursday