Author: Matt Ginsberg
Theme: You're going to have print this out, kids. Across Lite won't work because we've got enlarged squares, one TALL, one WIDE, and one BIG. We've also got more than one letter per square and I'm not going to go into the whole rebus vs. Cramalot thing because even though I know I'm right I also know I'm in the minority. Anyway, your themed entries are:
33A: Major (BIGTIME)
35A: Hits the jackpot (WINS BIG)
5D: Important guy, in slang (MISTER BIG) Not modern slang, mind you, but very hep in the 1930s.
And my favorite (because the B-I-G does not refer to size): 33D: Bunker, for example (BIGOT)
On to the TALLs:
28A: They often have tiled floors (SHOWER STALLS)
30D: Scored (TALLIED)
And the WIDEs:
55A: Weblike? (WORLDWIDE)
57D: Harvard library (WIDENER)
57D: Far apart, as eyes (WIDESET)
To put the newest denizen of the dictionary to work -- meh. I was underwhelmed by the theme, which seemed familiar and pretty easy to fill in once you knew how it worked. There was some interesting fill however, and as I'm pressed for time this week, what say we hit the highlights and call it a day?
1A: Abnormal contraction (SPASM) I was thinking something like "Dasn't" (for "Dares not") or somesuch. Different kind of contraction.
49A: "Beautiful Girls" director Demme (TED) I thought this movie -- one of my favorites -- was going to appear in last Thursday's puzzle, but it turned out to be "Drugstore Cowboy" instead, so it was interesting to see it show up this week.
4D: Tahini ingredient (SESAME) And tahini in turn is an ingredient in hummus, which I am enjoying right now. Hope I don't get any on your computer screen.
No SoB's this week. Once you got the theme, it was pretty easy.
See you next Thursday.