Theme: Lunchtime! — Theme answers are familiar phrases the first word of which can be paired with lunch to create another familiar phrase.
- 17A: Wasp-waisted shape (HOURGLASS FIGURE). "Wasp-waisted" is totally new to me. Never heard of it.
- 29A: What a big spender has plenty of (MONEY TO BURN).
- 46A: Boardinghouse sign (ROOM FOR RENT).
- 62A: Godiva gift (BOX OF CHOCOLATES).
- 67A: Meal that can precede the start of 17-, 29-, 46- or 62-Across (LUNCH).
Sorry but this is going to have to be a super quick write-up today. I went to bed early last night thinking it was Tuesday and it was Orange's turn to blog today. D'oh! So I just got my kids out the door and am getting ready to take the van into the shop as soon as I get the house completely clean because it's on the market and someone's coming to look at it in about an hour. Not that you care about all that stuff, but there it is.
Lots of foreign words in the puzzle today, mostly French:
- 42A: Dix plus un (ONZE). Dix = ten, un = one, ONZE = eleven.
- 51A: Thé, basically (EAU). THÉ = tea, eau = water.
- 68A: Head of France? (TÊTE). TÊte = head.
- 38A: Raps with barbs (ZINGS). I don't know what this means.
- 41A: Harry Potter's Potions teacher (SNAPE). I thought, "Oh great. How am I supposed to remember all the teachers' names in Harry Potter?" And then realized it was SNAPE, probably the only one I could name off the top of my head.
- 53A: Snapple product (ICE TEA). "Ice tea" or "iceD tea"? Discuss.
- 59D: 8, for oxygen: Abbr. (AT. NO.). Close second for your CW101 lesson today. Atomic Number.
- 61D: Queens tennis stadium (ASHE). When I think of a stadium in Queens, I think of Shea. Which is weird because I've never been to Shea and I have been to ASHE, although I don't believe it was named ASHE yet. Oh, and they're anagrams. In case you didn't notice.
Everything Else — 1A: Italian ball game (BOCCE); 6A: Neatnik's bane (SLOB); 10A: Sgt. Friday's force (LAPD); 14A: "What __!": "B-o-o-o-ring!" (A DRAG); 15A: Forbidden perfume brand? (TABU); 20A: Palm phone (TREO); 21A: Tolkien's Treebeard, for one (ENT); 22A: Accept reality (FACE IT); 23A: Emeril catchword (BAM); 25A: Prefix with hertz (MEGA-); 26A: Cleaning item (RAG); 35A: Ovid's "I love" (AMO); 36A: How the euphoric walk? (ON AIR); 37A: "Look here, old chap!" ("I SAY!"); 40A: EPA-banned pesticide (DDT); 43A: Moray hunter (EELER); 45A: "Vamoose!" (GIT); 49A: Wynn and Sullivan (EDS); 50A: Knight titles (SIRS); 56A: Hollywood VIP (DIR.); 58A: "If I Only __ Brain" (HAD A); 65A: The Auld Sod (ERIN); 66A: Wait in hiding (LURK); 69A: Online auction site (EBAY); 70A: Chap (BLOKE); 1D: Bangkok currency (BAHT); 2D: Glade target (ODOR); 3D: Rock's Mötley __ (CRÜE); 4D: Poor substitute for 62-Across (CAROB); 5D: Quiche base (EGG); 6D: Baseball's Musial (STAN); 7D: At the end of the line (LAST); 8D: Delivery docs (OBS); 9D: Self-serve meal (BUFFET); 10D: Lincoln's birthplace (LOG CABIN); 11D: Flulike symptom (AGUE); 12D: Gilpin of "Frasier" (PERI); 13D: Insect repellent compound (DEET); 18D: 53-Across flavor (LEMON); 19D: "Othello" conniver (IAGO); 24D: "Famous" cookie man (AMOS); 25D: South Carolina's __ Beach (MYRTLE); 26D: Stubble remover (RAZOR); 27D: Kind of protein-building acid (AMINO); 28D: Bonkers (GONZO); 30D: __ Raiders: consumer advocates (NADERS); 31D: Down-yielding duck (EIDER); 32D: Utilities bill datum (USAGE); 33D: Speedy (RAPID); 34D: Dmitri's dissents (NYETS); 39D: Emerald or ruby (GEMSTONE); 41D: Span. miss (SRTA.); 44D: Año Nuevo month (ENERO); 47D: Lord's holding (FIEF); 48D: Prophet at Delphi (ORACLE); 52D: Ryder rival (U-HAUL); 53D: "Fat chance" ("I BET"); 54D: Pear discard (CORE); 55D: Sign over a door (EXIT); 56D: Cartoon explorer (DORA); 57D: Eliciting an "Ugh!" (ICKY); 60D: Pack of cards (DECK); 63D: Atlanta, for Delta Airlines (HUB); 64D: Barrister's deg. (LLB).