Author: Mark Feldman
Yesterday was my birthday, but this puzzle seemed about as easy as most of the Thursdays have been lately. So I guess I haven't totally lost my crosswording skills at the ripe old age of 51.
36d: King's title (REVEREND). A MLK reference certainly seems appropriate this week.
50a: Fresh start (NEWLEASEONLIFE). This seems particularly appropriate this week as well.
17a: Italian province (TRIESTE).
18a: Water holder (CANTEEN).
49d: Apartment dweller, often (LESSEE).
Suns of Bitches:
34a: Former Finnish currency (MARKKA). I sure miss the franc and the lira, the last foreign currencies I knew anything about.
44d: Guatemala's national bird and currency unit (QUETZAL). Never heard of them. They're pretty colorful though:
Have a nice Thursday, Norrin.