THEME: "The WHOLE ENCHILADA" (51A: With "the," what the ends of 20-, 34- and 42-Across suggest) — ends of the theme answers form the phrase LOCK, STOCK, and BARREL
What's up, kids? Welcome to another week of LAT puzzles. This one I liked. The theme is great — I love how the phrase LOCK, STOCK, AND BARREL, a metaphor, is described by another, completely different metaphor, The WHOLE ENCHILADA. Those metaphors are from completely different universes, but work together here to create a wonderful, Odd Couple kind of pairing. My main problem (and it's really just mine) is that PENNY STOCK is a phrase entirely unknown to me. I Googled it. It's a very real term for a stock that trades OTC (over the counter) for less than 2 cents / share. My business/finance lexicon is impoverished, and most of it comes from crosswords (e.g. LBO, IPO, etc.). I would have made this puzzle with BEEF STOCK and and OIL BARREL.
Crosswordese 101: OPELS (33D: Autobahn autos) — this German-made car, in production since 1899 (or so I'm told...), is a crossword staple that shares DNA with pitcher OREL Hershiser. What I mean is that both words, OREL and OPEL, sound like very common English words that you would spell with an "A" in the third position. Only these have "E"s. And that is the story of how OPEL and OREL are related (in my mind). The End.
- 20A: Auto door safety feature (CHILD-PROOF LOCK)
- 34A: Cheap per-share buy (PENNY STOCK)
- 42A: Brewery container (BEER BARREL)
- 28A: Places to sleep: Abbr. (BRS.) — Didn't like this. It's legit, I guess, but BDRM is more common, I think, in want ads and what not.
- 41A: Hogwarts messengers (OWLS) — I only just now noticed that Hogwarts is HOG WARTS. That's nasty. Why would you call your school that?
- 60A: R&B singer India._____ (ARIE) — Yes. If you're going to put ARIE in your puzzle, that is the clue to go with.
- 57D: Tricky hockey maneuver (DEKE) — Hockey equivalent of football's JUKE.
- 4D: Up and about (ASTIR) — Olde-timey. I think put AWAKE in here at first.
- 5D: Andean vultures (CONDORS) — Such an exotic-sounding clue, and yet a familiar answer. I think I know CONDORS best in their CALIFORNIA variety.
- 31D: Fictional Maine town in many Stephen King stories (DERRY) — No way. Needed all the crosses. DERRY is a Northern Irish city to me.
- 18A: Skipper who landed on Ararat (NOAH) — "... and starring Alan Hale as ... NOAH"
See you on Friday
Everything Else — 1A: Alpha follower (BETA); 5A: Advanced math subj. (CALC); 9A: Metal fastener (RIVET); 14A: Lumberjacks' tools (AXES); 15A: Birth state of seven presidents (OHIO); 16A: Amtrak speedster (ACELA); 17A: Geom. shape (RECT.); 18A: Skipper who landed on Ararat (NOAH); 19A: Big parties (FETES); 20A: Auto door safety feature (CHILD-PROOF LOCK); 23A: River, to Ricardo (RIO); 24A: Korean carmaker (KIA); 25A: Bird on some Australian coins (EMU); 28A: Places to sleep: Abbr. (BRS); 30A: Son-of-a-gun (SO-AND-SO); 34A: Cheap per-share buy (PENNY STOCK); 37A: Actor Johnny (DEPP); 38A: Hershey's offering (COCOA); 39A: __ Jima (IWO); 40A: Spooky (EERIE); 41A: Hogwarts messengers (OWLS); 42A: Brewery container (BEER BARREL); 44A: Scary African flies (TSE-TSES); 46A: Greek letters after mus (NUS); 47A: NFL gains (YDS.); 48A: Lawyer: Abbr. (ATT.); 49A: Part of a college yr. (SEM.); 51A: With "the," what the ends of 20-, 34- and 42-Across suggest (WHOLE ENCHILADA); 59A: Playful poke (NUDGE); 60A: R&B singer India.__ (ARIE); 61A: Tax (LEVY); 63A: Oven setting (BROIL); 64A: Paw bottoms (PADS); 65A: Big name in do-it-yourself furniture (IKEA); 66A: Gillette Trac II successors (ATRAS); 67A: Help with a heist (ABET); 68A: Prefix with sol or space (AERO); 1D: Watering hole, so to speak (BAR); 2D: Corp. officer (EXEC.); 3D: PC troubleshooter (TECH); 4D: Up and about (ASTIR); 5D: Andean vultures (CONDORS); 6D: Just __, skip and jump away (A HOP); 7D: Teller of fibs (LIAR); 8D: Great Lakes salmon (COHO); 9D: Basket fiber (RAFFIA); 10D: Reykjavik native (ICELANDER); 11D: White House rejection (VETO); 12D: Kind of engr. (ELEC.); 13D: Chore (TASK); 21D: Tripoli's country (LIBYA); 22D: "I'll do it, I'll do it!" (OK OK); 25D: Disney World's __ Center (EPCOT); 26D: Cat calls (MEOWS); 27D: "I give up!" (UNCLE); 29D: Pigpens (STIES); 30D: Disdain (SCORN); 31D: Fictional Maine town in many Stephen King stories (DERRY); 32D: Worked undercover (SPIED); 33D: Autobahn autos (OPELS); 35D: Sentimental yearning for the past (NOSTALGIA); 36D: Run a tab (OWE); 40D: Sales meeting prop (EASEL); 42D: Beast, in Bordeaux (BETE); 43D: Like the most active bee? (BUSIEST); 45D: Braces (oneself) (STEELS); 50D: Sasha Obama's big sister (MALIA); 51D: Org. with the N.Y. Liberty and L.A. Sparks (WNBA); 52D: Injured (HURT); 53D: It stinks (ODOR); 54D: California wine county (NAPA); 55D: Scuttling crustacean (CRAB); 56D: Stay out of sight (HIDE); 57D: Tricky hockey maneuver (DEKE); 58D: Affirm confidently (AVER); 62D: NBA center __ Ming (YAO).