THEME: Double-N — familiar phrase with an "N" in it has that "N" doubled, creating new, wacky phrase, which is then clued "?"-style.
Best vanity theme ever. Don't you see it? Double N. DaNNaddor. Whoa, dude's only got six different letters in his whole name, and his first six letters palindromize. Weird.
Gotta be very brief today, as I have a NYC-bound bus to catch in, oh, less than two hours.
This was one of my favorite DN puzzles. I wish his clues were snazzier. Sometimes there's a listlessness that pervades his puzzles. More swagger, DN! All these theme answers work pretty well, and only SARNIA made me want to cover my ears and scream for dear life (47D: Lake Huron port in Canada).
- 17A: "Cimarron" actress Irene's carriage? (DUNNE BUGGY)
- 23A: Makers of knockoff artillery? (CANNON COPIERS)
- 32A: Nordic winter wear? (FINNISH COAT)
- 40A: Airer of fashion infomercials? (COCO CHANNEL)
- 50A: Film festival city guidebook for pedestrians? (WALKING CANNES)
- 59A: Cruise down the Rhine, perhaps? (BONN VOYAGE)
Crosswordese 101: OBEAH (25D: Belief involving sorcery) — n., pl. o·be·ahs also o·bis.
- A form of religious belief of African origin, practiced in some parts of the West Indies, Jamaica, and nearby tropical America, involving sorcery.
- An object, charm, or fetish used in the practice of this religion. (answers.com)
- 16A: Aunt with a "Cope Book" (ERMA) — you're welcome.
- 29A: Film director Petri (ELIO) — eeks. New one on me. Or else it's an old one that I totally forgot. I have no aptitude for the EZIO, ELIO, ENNIO, etcetero names.
- 53A: "80's Ladies" country singer K.T. (OSLIN) — why do I think I would laugh out loud if I heard this song?
[Not nearly as sassy and upbeat as I'd hoped ... and what's up with those gloves? Did she just commit a crime?]
- 18D: Activist Chaz (BONO) — Post-op name of Cher's daughter (now son), née Chastity. I believe I'm the first person to put CHAZ in a puzzle, but I can't release that puzzle until a specific date later in the year — which, frankly, is killing me.
- 42D: Leeward Island north of Nevis (ST. KITTS) — this clue meant nothing to me. Got the "ST." and then waited to see which one it would be.
OK, see you Monday, assuming I survive the xword tournament in Queens this weekend.
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Everything Else — 1A: Dear columnist? (ABBY); 5A: Neighborhood near TriBeCa (SOHO); 9A: Alternative to Hires (DAD'S); 13A: SST nose feature (DROOP); 15A: À tout __: at all costs (PRIX); 16A: Aunt with a "Cope Book" (ERMA); 17A: "Cimarron" actress Irene's carriage? (DUNNE BUGGY); 19A: Worker's end-of-week cry (TGIF); 20A: Abbr. in some Canadian place names (STE.); 21A: 2002 Best New Artist Grammy winner Jones (NORAH); 22A: Cook in a pan (SAUTÉ); 23A: Makers of knockoff artillery? (CANNON COPIERS); 26A: Masters partner (JOHNSON); 28A: Highwayman (BANDIT); 29A: Film director Petri (ELIO); 30A: D'backs and Cards (NL'ERS); 32A: Nordic winter wear? (FINNISH COAT); 36A: Devilish sort (IMP); 39A: "Bambi" character (ENA); 40A: Airer of fashion infomercials? (COCO CHANNEL); 42A: Promotes (SELLS); 43A: Prefix meaning height (ACRO-); 44A: "No kidding!" ("THAT SO!"); 47A: With sophistication (SUAVELY); 50A: Film festival city guidebook for pedestrians? (WALKING CANNES); 53A: "80's Ladies" country singer K.T. (OSLIN); 54A: Eager, in dialect (RARIN'); 55A: Mineo of "Exodus" (SAL); 58A: Fish's last meal? (BAIT); 59A: Cruise down the Rhine, perhaps? (BONN VOYAGE); 61A: "__ the picture!" (I GET); 62A: Car with a four-ring logo (AUDI); 63A: Greek New Ager (YANNI); 64A: Deep-six (TOSS); 65A: Column-lined pedestrian way (STOA); 66A: Spunkmeyer of cookie fame (OTIS); 1D: Contributes (ADDS); 2D: Moët et Chandon label word (BRUT); 3D: Elegant tableware (BONE CHINA); 4D: Over there, old-style (YON); 5D: Encourage (SPUR ON); 6D: Heart, e.g. (ORGAN); 7D: Impressive note (HIGH C); 8D: Moronic intro? (OXY-); 9D: Holds for questioning (DETAINS); 10D: Debated (ARGUED); 11D: Composer Shostakovich (DMITRI); 12D: Like AAA-rated bonds, as bonds go (SAFEST); 14D: Actor Sean et al. (PENNS); 18D: Activist Chaz (BONO); 22D: Peloponnesian War victor (SPARTA); 24D: Auth. unknown (ANON); 25D: Belief involving sorcery (OBEAH); 26D: Boss, in Spanish (JEFE); 27D: "thirtysomething" actor Ken (OLIN); 30D: Some PX patrons (NCOS); 31D: __ cit.: footnote abbr. (LOC.); 33D: Strands at a chalet, perhaps (ICES IN); 34D: Athenian reformer (SOLON); 35D: Acid in gastric juice, chemically (HCL); 36D: Nonstop (INCESSANT); 37D: Jazzman Saunders (MERL); 38D: Bit of trickery (PLOY); 41D: Church area (NAVE); 42D: Leeward Island north of Nevis (ST. KITTS); 44D: Small-time (TWO-BIT); 45D: Tries one's hand (at) (HAS A GO); 46D: Unites (with) (ALLIES); 47D: Lake Huron port in Canada (SARNIA); 48D: Harvard, e.g.: Abbr. (UNIV.); 49D: Bug (ANNOY); 51D: Tiler's need (GROUT); 52D: Positive-thinking (CAN-DO); 56D: Lambs: Lat. (AGNI); 57D: Floral rings (LEIS); 59D: Box score figs. (BAS); 60D: Shanghai-born NBAer (YAO).