Author: Andrea Carla Michaels
Theme: "Sis Boom Bah" found at the ends of the respective theme entries.
- 20a: Author of "Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players" (STEFAN FATSIS). I have never heard of this person. Now, sure, it's more likely that a crossword puzzle solver will be familiar with an author about words and Scrabble, but please... it's only Monday. This dude gets less than 35,000 Google hits.
- 36a: Taking decisive punitive action (LOWERING THE BOOM). This is a great phrase. Love it!
- 50a: Muck-a-muck (GRAND POOH-BAH). Love this one too. Reminds me of "Mr. C." on "Happy Days".
I like the theme concept. My only complaint is that if there are only three theme entries, I'd like to like all three of them. STEFAN FATSIS just doesn't measure up to the other two for me. He's just not a well-known-enough name for a Monday puzzle. He'd be a stretch for a Friday puzzle. I would have preferred RISK ANALYSIS or maybe AUTOHYPNOSIS, or even OSTEOPOROSIS.
- 14a: Jannings of "The Blue Angel" (EMIL). Didn't know this, but it wasn't hard to figure.
- 27a: Macabre cartoonist Charles (ADDAMS). Inspiration for "The Addams Family".
- 30a: It's a wrap (SARI).
- 34a: It's a wrap (SARAN).
- 41a: "___ Irish Rose" (ABIE'S). There was a time when I would have had no clue what this was. But it's been in enough crossword puzzles that it's second nature now.
- 42a: Basketball court part (LANE).
- 49a: Mountain capper (SNOW). I live in New Hampshire, and let me tell you it caps more than just mountain tops.
- 64a: "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" writer (AGEE). This is ERIE-rule for me. Writer in four letters starting with A? AGEE.
- 3d: Wine's partner (DINE).
- 9d: Like a nose that resembles an eagle's beak (AQUILINE).
- 21d: "SNL" role for Tina (SARAH). That's Tina Fey and Sarah Palin, for those who might have been living under a rock for the past year. I'd tell you which is which, but I'm afraid I'd get it wrong. :)
- 25d: Power of Hollywood (TYRONE).
- 28d: Genre of "Under the Boardwalk" (DOO-WOP).
- 29d: Buzzkill (DOWNER).
- 37d: Ramshackle structures (RAT TRAPS).
- 38d: Island in the western Mediterranean (IBIZA).
- 56d: Cold-cocked (K.O.'D).
Suns of Bitches:
None to speak of. Well, except for Stefan Fatsis.
Despite this puzzle's bout with stefanfatsisitis, I really enjoyed it.
Thanks for listening.
- Pete M.