Theme: "Show Me the Money" — Theme answers are phrases that end with a word meaning money
- 20A: NBA team that drafted Lew Alcindor (Kareem) in 1969 (MILWAUKEE BUCKS).
- 33A: Joaquin Phoenix's "Walk the Line" role (JOHNNY CASH).
- 43A: Dine (BREAK BREAD).
- 55A: "Jerry Maguire" catchphrase, and this puzzle's title (SHOW ME THE MONEY).
Crosswordese 101: An AERIE is a nest of an eagle or other bird of prey that's built at a high altitude. It's a great crossword word because of its high vowel density. In puzzles you will most often see AERIE clued as a nest, home, dwelling, or roost of an eagle, raptor, hawk, falcon, or condor. The words high, lofty, mountain, or cliff might also appear in the clue.
Hi, everyone. Sorry I couldn't make it in yesterday, but we took a very quick trip to Iowa City this weekend. We tried to do too much in too little time and, oh yeah, it was graduation weekend so all the acceptable hotels were sold out which means we stayed in one that was ... unacceptable. I'd really rather not talk about it.
Let's talk about the puzzle instead! This was an easy, breezy solve for me. Okay, I've never heard of [5A: Italian-American singer Jerry] VALE, but the crosses were easy enough. Also, for some reason COAX [67A: Cajole] is Always indecipherable to me when I have the AX in first. I briefly wanted jars for JUGS [33D: Moonshine vessels], but overall, this puzzle put up very little resistance.
- 28A: Wine storage spot (CELLAR). One of the reasons we were in Iowa this weekend was for a dinner party on Friday night. It was held in, literally, the most beautiful home I've ever seen. Our host had raided her wine cellar for the shindig and I'm pretty sure I've never before seen as many empty bottles of wine at the end of a party.
- 47A: 1977 Cy Young Award winner Sparky (LYLE). This was a gimme for me, and I have no idea why.
- 62A: Rain delay covering (TARP). Also the largest part of the $700 billion U.S. bailout plan.
- 66A: Slammin' Sammy of golf (SNEAD). Not to be confused with Slammin' Sammy Sosa of baseball.
- 1D: Snail-mail need (STAMP). I believe a first-class stamp now costs somewhere around $18.00.
- 3D: Great Seal bird (EAGLE). PuzzleHusband has a tattoo of an eagle on the top of his foot.
- 34D: Cousin of a Tony Award (OBIE). Off-Broadway Theater Awards presented by The Village Voice and future Crosswordese 101 lesson.
- 35D: Use a strop on (HONE). According to Wikipedia, stropping and honing are actually two different things.
- 37D: Fix, vet-style (SPAY). Ouch.
- 41D: Construction support piece (H-BEAM). I'd only heard of I-beams, but turns out they're the same thing. Tilt the I on its side and whoa! Lookie there! An H!
- 43D: Earthen wall adjacent to a ditch (BERM). Originally a Dutch word (Hi, mac!).
- 49D: Museum artifact (RELIC). Speaking of museums ... (so glad I get to tell this story!) ... Last week Ben Stiller made a surprise visit to PuzzleSon's classroom while on his publicity tour for "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," which premiered last week at the Smithsonian. He gave each of the kids a stuffed squid (??) and a movie T-shirt. Pretty exciting.
- 54D: Used the Selectric (TYPED). Speaking of RELICs, I bet you whipper-snappers had a hard time with this one!