Theme: "Vowel Play" — Vowels are omitted from parts of familiar phrases to create new wacky phrases clued "?"-style
[Note: This is the puzzle that appears in the Sunday L.A. Times newspaper. If you don't get the paper, you can find the puzzle here. Scroll down to see the write-up of today's syndicated puzzle.]
- 21A: Additive advice? (WATCH YOUR STP). Watch your step.
- 27A: Where to hear songs with subliminal messages? (ULTERIOR MTV). Ulterior motive.
- 41A: Two things not to mess with in the Old West? (THE LONE RANGER AND TNT). The Lone Ranger and Tonto.
- 57A: Way-ahead-of-its-time novel of 1766? (THE VCR OF WAKEFIELD). The Vicar of Wakefield.
- 70A: Certain airline's in-flight movie? (THE CONTINENTAL DVD). The continental divide.
- 87A: Old ABC series about a paramedic? (HANGIN' WITH MISTER CPR). "Hangin' With Mister Cooper."
- 104A: Top two sellers at the Trail Mix Deli? (NUTS AND BLTS). Nuts and Bolts.
- 111A: Banned Britney Spears song? (OOPS DDT AGAIN). "Oops!... I Did It Again."
- 10A: Torte topper (ICER). This is the person who tops the torte, not the topping that's, um, on top of the torte.
- 23A: London vehicle (TRAM). I started with pram. Does a stroller count as a vehicle?
- 25A: Rich tapestry (ARRAS). Learned it from crosswords.
- 26A: Event for Trisha Y. (CMA). That would be the home-wrecker Trisha Yearwood. (Totally kidding. I don't know anything about that situation. I just think it's hilarious how people always call The Other Woman the homewrecker. Like the guy didn't have anything to do with wrecking his home.)
- 30A: Pickett's music (SOUL).
- 50A: Goshawk's grabber (TALON). Which reminds me: Go Hawks!
- 53A: Chilly freight car (REEFER). Huh? Oh, I see ... it comes from the beginning of refrigerator. At first I thought, "That's madness!" See what I did there?
- 79A: "Because ___ so" (I SAID). It's embarrassing how often I say this.
- 116A: Underground network (ROOTS). I could only think of Watership Down. Was trying to think of a name for an underground tunnels and burros that rabbits use.
- 118A: It's for the money (ONE). Anybody read the Janet Evanovich books? I read One for the Money and, to my surprise, found her protagonist, Stephanie Plum, pretty entertaining. To me, the next couple were just silly though. I mean, I know it's beach reading and not serious literature, but still.
- 4D: Paper patriarch (OCHS). Who else was trying to think of a brand name of paper? Crane, anyone? Eaton?
- 5D: Man of art (RAY). Didn't we just talk about him the other day? Yep, we sure did.
- 43D: ___ de triomphe (L'ARC). I was just looking at a picture of L'Arc de Triomphe posted by a friend on Facebook. Can't believe he took that shot with his iPhone. (I was going to post the picture here, but it looks like Facebook may have just been hacked? Not sure what's going on there.)
- 56D: Demond's co-star (REDD). Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest theme song in the history of television:
- 85D: On something (STONED). Could have gone along with REEFER. Just sayin'.