Theme: Bean Salad — Each theme answer hides a word that describes a type of bean.
Another day, another Dan Naddor puzzle. That's what I always say! Let's get right to it, shall we?
Crosswordese 101: I think it's time for a little Art Appreciation lesson today so let's talk about Jean ARP (8D: Father of Dada). Arp was born in Strasbourg at a time when the area was known as Alsace-Lorraine. In late-week puzzles he is sometimes clued in relation to one of these two places. Also late in the week, a clue might refer to him as Hans — that was his name for some period of his life. The most important things you need to know about Jean ARP are (1) Along with Max ERNST, he was a founding member of the Dada movement and (2) he is also associated with surrealism. That should pretty much cover the various ways ARP will be clued. You'll also want to keep ERNST in mind. He is also typically clued with a reference to the Dada movement. Both artists are also sometimes clued as contemporaries of Joan MIRÓ and, less frequently, Paul KLEE.
- 19A: *Parting words (KEEP IN TOUCH).
- 37A: *"That outfit looks fabulous!" ("IT'S SO YOU!").
- 57A: *Like unlikely chances (SLIM AND NONE).
- 3D: *18th century French painting style (ROCOCO ART).
- 33D: Picnic veggie dish, and a hint to words hidden in the answers to starred clues (BEAN SALAD).
- 1A: Deli offering (HERO). I really like to start off with a gimme at 1A. Boosts my confidence. But not today. This could have been a lot of things. Well, at least club and slaw. Maybe a few others.
- 11A: "__ pinch of ...": recipe words (ADD A). Ooh, that's an ugly partial there.
- 15A: Hardly the full gamut (A TO B). As opposed to the full gamut: A to Z.
- 16A: High leader? (SHERPA). See, he leads you when you're up high. I don't really get the question mark here. Usually, the question mark indicates that the phrase (or one or more words in the phase) has a figurative meaning, but that the answer interprets the phrase (or word) literally. In this case, I don't get the figurative meaning of the phrase.
- 24A: Nick name? (CLAUS). Santa CLAUS, another name for St. Nick.
- 25A: It's too close to call (DEAD HEAT). This is a cool phrase.
- 29A: One leaving a wake (HEARSE). Not the kind of wake left by a boat, but rather a funeral ritual.
- 31A: Playground retort (I AM SO). This is a tough clue because there are so many answers that fit. The most common are am not, is not, are too, can so, and is too. Also appearing somewhat less frequently: are so, am so, are not, and can too. I always just wait for crosses.
- 36A: Cause of inflation? (AIR). See, this question mark makes sense. When you think of inflation, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the economic phenomenon and not the one that has to do with, ya know, AIR.
- 41A: NLRB part: Abbr. (NATL). National Labor Relations Board.
- 46A: Nutrition author Davis (ADELLE). I remember having her books around the house when I was a kid. Before I look it up, here's my guess at one of her titles: "Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit." And ... yes!
- 52A: "The Da Vinci Code" albino (SILAS). Scary lookin' dude.
- 60A: Hebrew for "skyward" (EL AL). The national airline of Israel and future Crosswordese 101 topic.
- 66A: Barbara who played Jeannie (EDEN). EDEN is more often clued as the Biblical garden, but I like this one better.
- 6D: NATO founding member (THE U.S.). Keep on parsin'!
- 9D: No. to which annual raises might be tied (CPI). Consumer Price Index.
- 13D: Russian villa (DACHA). I go through the same thinking process every time with this clue: "Dachau? No. DACHA."
- 14D: Buddhist who has attained Nirvana (ARHAT). I got it from crosses, but never heard of it. Sometimes ARHAT is used as a synonym for tathagata. Well, then! Now it's all crystal clear.
- 20D: Upscale Italian shoe brand (TOD'S). Never heard of them. Must be too upscale for me. The company is famous for its "D-bag." Whoever named that particular product should be fired.
- 22D: Kenyan tribesman (MASAI). Another answer that I got strictly from crosses.
- 26D: Gut course (EASY A). I've known the phrase EASY A for years, but learned "gut course" from crosswords.
- 27D: Former Archbishop of New York (EGAN). Wow, this clue is timely. Cardinal Egan's retirement became effective just last week!
- 31D: "Love __ Around": 1968 hit (IS ALL). Performed by the Troggs. Reached #7 on the U.S. Hot 100. Turns out I don't actually know this song. Here's the song that it put in my brain:
- 49D: Syrian leader (ASSAD). Bashar al-Assad, current President of Syria. Or his father, Hafez al-Assad, who was President of Syria from 1970 to 2000.
- 54D: Place for an ace? (HOLE). Again the question mark tripped me up. What other kind of ace could this clue be referring to? The card is the first thing that came to my mind which means the question mark made me think the answer would refer to a pilot or a tennis serve.
- 55D: Friend of Adelaide (MATE). I didn't understand this at all until I just looked it up. Adelaide is the capital of South Australia. People refer to friends there as MATEs. Got it.
Everything Else — 5A: Charge (ATTACK); 17A: Close (NEAR); 18A: Viva __: by word of mouth (VOCE); 21A: Huge (ENORMOUS); 23A: Prankster's cry (GOTCHA); 27A: Self-seeker (EGOIST); 30A: Togo neighbor (GHANA); 32A: Cleanup hitters' stats (RBIS); 40A: SASE, e.g. (ENC); 43A: "__ la vista, baby!" (HASTA); 44A: "Cool!" (NEATO); 48A: "Don't delay!" (ACTNOW); 49A: Darling (ADORABLE); 53A: 100-member group (SENATE); 54A: Safeco Field contest, to the Mariners (HOMEGAME); 61A: Yours, in Tours (ATOI); 62A: Buck (DOLLAR); 63A: Pro __ (RATA); 64A: Hamlet, for one (DANE); 65A: Takes the wheel (STEERS); 1D: Eat (HAVE); 2D: Thames landmark (ETON); 4D: Ohio conservatory (OBERLIN); 5D: Invite to a movie, say (ASKOUT); 7D: Golfer's pocketful (TEES); 10D: Pocket Books logo (KANGAROO); 11D: Barfly's request (ANOTHER); 12D: Wimbledon tie (DEUCE); 25D: Reduce in grade (DEMOTE); 28D: Karmann __: sports car (GHIA); 29D: Pain in the neck (HASSLE); 34D: A fan of (INTO); 35D: Garbage barge (SCOW); 38D: Diver's sickness (THEBENDS); 39D: Reunion attendee (UNCLE); 42D: University of Wyoming site (LARAMIE); 45D: Stand with shelves (ETAGERE); 47D: Info to input (DATA); 48D: Shooters, before shooting (AIMERS); 50D: Atlanta-based airline (DELTA); 51D: Burger topper (ONION); 52D: Sub detector (SONAR); 56D: Flair (ELAN); 58D: E-mail address part (DOT); 59D: Phillies' div. (NLE).