Theme: Capital People—Theme answers are people whose last name is the also the name of a world capital.
This is a great theme in theory, but I've really only heard of one of these guys. Jeremy London? I have a very hazy notion of knowing that name at some point, but I never would have been able to tell you it was from "Mallrats." Oh yeah, I didn't see "Mallrats." I think my cousin was an extra in that movie though. I should probably see it. His last name is Ziegenhagen. I don't think he'll be showing up in a puzzle any time soon. But I digress. The point is that I really don't think any of these guys are famous enough for a Tuesday puzzle. Except Irving Berlin, obviously. Jack London? Yes. Jim Rome? Sure. Paris Hilton would be okay. Yes, yes, I see the issues with each of those, but I guess I'm saying that if I was trying to come up with theme answers for this theme, I probably would have given up because I couldn't find any that worked. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments.
- 17A: "Fanny" composer and lyricist (HAROLD ROME).
- 26A: "Mallrats" costar (JEREMY LONDON).
- 43A: "God Bless America" writer (IRVING BERLIN).
- 58A: Frequent "Happy Days" director (JERRY PARIS).
Crosswordese 101: There are two kinds of government workers in CrossWorld. You've got your G-MAN, and you've got your T-MAN (15A: Fed under Ness). How to tell them apart? Unfortunately both are often clued simply as "Fed" and you have to wait for the crosses. If the clue is more detailed, though here are the words you're looking for.
- T-MAN: Eliot Ness, Untouchables, IRS, tax, counterfeit.
- G-MAN: FBI, Bureau, undercover, kidnapping, "X-Files."
- 10A: "__ Angel": Mae West film (I'M NO).
- 19A: Waffle brand (EGGO). Mmmm, waffles!
- 36A: Belted out (SANG). I don't believe I've ever seen this clue before and I love it!
- 37A: Wood for crafts and rafts (BALSA). I've always liked the sound of the word BALSA.
- 41A: Ticked off (SORE). I actually entered ired at first, which is a truly awful word. I was thinking of "ticked off" as a verb, not an adjective.
- 42A: Second careers for thoroughbreds (SIRES). The male thoroughbreds anyway.
- 47A: Slaughter of baseball (ENOS). He scored the winning run for the Cardinals in the 1946 World Series and, apparently, was Pete Rose's role model for running hard to first base on walks. We'll certainly talk about him in a future installment of Crosswordese 101.
- 53A: Texas city, familiarly (BIG D). That would be Del Rio. Just kidding, it's Dallas.
- 60A: Boo Boo's buddy (YOGI). Raise your hand if you just heard "Heeey, Boo-BOO" in Yogi's voice in your head.
- 1D: Parrot (ECHO). Very, very nice. Love this. I can't tell you happy I am to see ECHO instead of aper.
- 2D: Titleholder (CHAMP). This tripped me up. I wanted it to be owner but couldn't get it to work for the crosses. Very nice misdirection.
- 4D: Moonshine container (STONE JUG). I don't believe I've ever heard this before.
- 8D: Clue, e.g. (GAME). Again with the trickiness! I originally taught my kids to play Clue using the "Clue, Jr." game where the object is to figure out who ate the cake at what time, and what they had to drink with it. When they got a little older they wanted to play the real game, complaining that "Really! Who cares who ate the cake??"
- 25D: Paella pot (OLLA). You were paying attention to Orange's Crosswordese 101 lesson last week and got this one no problem, right? Right??
- 27D: Brouhaha (MELEE). Both of these words are awesome. Also donnybrook and fracas.
- 32D: '30s heavyweight champ Max (BAER). His son—Max Baer, Jr.—played Jethro on "The Beverly Hillbillies."
- 42D: Charlotte, to Anne or Emily (SIS). The Brontës.
- 46D: Tramp's love (LADY). The 1955 Disney film, "Lady and the Tramp."
- 51D: Grant and Carter (AMYS). Yep, that about covers the Amys. Wait! I know at least one more!