Theme: "Literal Translations" — Some familiar phrases are rendered literally with anagrams.
[Note: This is the syndicated L.A. Times puzzle. It does not appear in the actual newspaper, but is available for free at cruciverb.com.]
- 23A: TOG? (GOT TURNED AROUND). Tog is the word got literally turned around (read backward).
- 38A: GLIBNESS? (MIXED BLESSING). If you "mix" the letters in the word blessing, you might end up with the word glibness.
- 51A: FELT? (LEFT IN DISARRAY). Left is the result of the letters in the word felt "in disarray."
- 66A: GOES? (ALTER EGOS). "Alter" the letters in the word egos and you end up with goes.
- 69A: RAGE? (GEAR SHIFT). Rage is the word gear with its letters "shifted."
- 89A: SING? (OUT OF ORDER SIGN). Take the word sign, put the letters "out of order" and you'll end up with sing.
- 97A: EARTH? (CHANGE OF HEART). "Change" the letters of the word heart to get earth.
- 118A: STOP? (POST REFORMATION). A new formation of the letters in post might result in the word stop. (Also tops, pots, and opts!)
Couple other things:
- 15A: Get ready to eat? (RIPEN). One of several tricky clues in this puzzle. Love it.
- 22A: Overcome glossophobia (ORATE). I never knew the fear of public speaking was called glossophobia. Probably because I'm pretty much the opposite of a glossophobe. Put me in front of a bunch of people, preferably with a microphone, and I'm in heaven.
- 30A: Country's Acuff et al. (ROYS). That would be "country" as in "country music." And Roy Acuff, wow. Old Skool.
- 35A: Like the vb. "be," e.g. (IRR.). The verb "be" (isn't it "to be"?) is IRRegular.
- 47A: Multicolored (PIED). I smiled when I saw this because we were just talking about it the other day!
- 58A: Mecca for N.Y.C. art lovers (MOMA). At first I entered Soho, thinking it's kind of an arty neighborhood, right?
- 59A: Penguin on skates, for short (NHLER). That would be the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins.
- 6D: Text-interpreting technology, briefly (OCR). Optical Character ... something. Hold on. Optical Character Recognition.
- 9D: Poet John who translated Dante's "Divine Comedy" (CIARDI). Never heard of him. I bet Rex has.
- 39D: Indiana senator (BAYH). I've been called a "political geek" in the recent past. Hey, sometimes it comes in handy.
- 48D: Yankees' #5, familiarly (DIMAG). Joltin' Joe DiMaggio!
- 54D: Iowa State home (AMES). Not to be confused with Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa and their NCAA Division I National Champion wrestling team. Go, Hawks!
- 67D: Ticker tapes, briefly? (EKGS). Awesome, awesome clue. (Ticker = heart.)
- 70D: Pollster Roper (ELMO). I laughed at this one. If you pay attention to CW101, you definitely should have gotten it no problem!
- 114D: Disney duck princess (OONA). Okay, this is funny. We've covered OONA in Crosswordese 101, but didn't mention a Disney duck princess. Why? Because (hyperbole alert!) nobody's actually heard of Princess Oona. She's a cave woman, er ... cave duck. Whatever.
- 44A: H, as in "Hera" (ETA).
- 62A: 1968 self-titled folk album (ARLO).
- 74A: Squeezes (out) (EKES).
- 76A: Island accessories (LEIS).
- 92A: Old Roman road (ITER).
- 1D: Olive Oyl's creator (SEGAR).
- 12D: Letter before upsilon (TAU).
- 18D: Rebuke before the senate (ET TU).
- 44D: Film feline (ELSA).
- 45D: Aquarium swimmer (TETRA).
- 70D: Pollster Roper (ELMO).
- 88D: Seaside raptor (ERN).
- 105D: Rock music genre (EMO).
- 121D: Stephen of "Interview With the Vampire" (REA).
Everything Else — 1A: Soft drink option (SODA POP); 8A: Regal rod (SCEPTER); 20A: Blue books? (EROTICA); 21A: Way over the ocean (AIRLANE); 25A: Law school subject (TORTS); 26A: Pot creators (ANTES); 27A: NASA rank (CMDR.); 28A: One of Jason's men (ARGONAUT); 31A: Annual parade city since 1890 (PASADENA); 36A: Shipbuilding wood (TEAK); 44A: H, as in "Hera" (ETA); 49A: Cantina fare (TAMALE); 50A: Symphonic wind (OBOE); 55A: Song on the Beatles' "Revolver" album (TAXMAN); 57A: Political position (STANCE); 61A: Nautical pronoun (SHE); 62A: 1968 self-titled folk album (ARLO); 63A: Cock and bull (MALES); 64A: Pieces of 8? (ARCS); 74A: Squeezes (out) (EKES); 75A: Cancels (NULLS); 76A: Island accessories (LEIS); 78A: Monk's address (FRA); 81A: Shocked intakes (GASPS); 84A: "All __": 1984 film featuring an old song of the same name (OF ME); 85A: Overly affected (TOO TOO); 87A: Confessions may be given under it (DURESS); 92A: Old Roman road (ITER); 93A: Picked (CHOSEN); 95A: Silverware point (TINE); 96A: Light period (DAY); 101A: Micro ending (-COSM); 103A: Mortgage pmt. component (INT.); 104A: Canal locale (INNER EAR); 106A: B'way ticket abbr. (ORCH.); 110A: "Says who?" ("IS THAT SO?"); 115A: Nitwit (SIMP); 116A: Mild cigar (CLARO); 117A: It's traditionally placed to the right of the knife (SPOON); 123A: "Not possible" ("I CAN'T"); 124A: 12:30, on a ship (ONE BELL); 125A: Beckett contemporary (IONESCO); 126A: Stuffs (SATES); 127A: Bargain hunter's stop (TAG SALE); 2D: Maine town named for a Penobscot chief (ORONO); 3D: Eccentric (DOTTY); 4D: Bear witness (ATTEST); 5D: __ XII, WWII pope (PIUS); 7D: Flattened (PANCAKED); 8D: Gulf War foe (SADDAM); 10D: Stumble (ERR); 11D: Mideast political gp. (PLO); 12D: Letter before upsilon (TAU); 13D: Sicilian resort (ENNA); 14D: Put through one's paces again (REDRILL); 15D: Copter blades (ROTORS); 16D: Curling gadget (IRON); 17D: Legal opening? (PARA-); 18D: Rebuke before the senate (ET TU); 19D: Cheep place to stay? (NEST); 24D: Ambulance letters (EMS); 29D: Welcoming ones (GREETERS); 31D: Revolutionary pamphleteer (PAINE); 32D: Crowd seen at a film festival? (EXTRAS); 33D: Around the corner (NEAR); 34D: Marketing pro (ADMAN); 37D: "Beowulf," for one (EPIC); 40D: Beantown team, casually (SOX); 41D: Certain PCs (IBMS); 42D: Early matchmaker (NOAH); 43D: Type of therapy (GENE); 44D: Film feline (ELSA); 45D: Aquarium swimmer (TETRA); 46D: Riding for __: acting overconfidently (A FALL); 52D: Govt. security (T-NOTE); 53D: Flight training milestone (SOLO); 56D: Classy entranceway (ARCH); 60D: Metallica drummer Ulrich (LARS); 63D: Slob's creation (MESS); 65D: Farm storage spots (SILOS); 68D: Second time to the top (REASCENT); 69D: Sass (GUFF); 71D: Warning (ALERT); 72D: Far from fragrant (FETID); 73D: New York town on the Susquehanna (TIOGA); 75D: Reagan biographer Peggy (NOONAN); 77D: Discman maker (SONY); 78D: S&L protector (FDIC); 79D: Dr. who wrote "Sex for Dummies" (RUTH); 80D: Word after Bay, gray or play (AREA); 82D: Magic word (POOF); 83D: Bite-sized food (SUSHI); 85D: Pavarotti, e.g. (TENOR); 86D: Metal containers (ORES); 88D: Seaside raptor (ERN); 90D: Member of many an idol's fan base (TEEN); 91D: "Catch Me If You Can" star (DICAPRIO); 94D: Trendy club (HOT SPOT); 98D: Super Bowl XLII champs (GIANTS); 99D: Act as middleman, perhaps (RESELL); 100D: It's not important (TRIFLE); 105D: Rock music genre (EMO); 107D: Mrs. Gorbachev (RAISA); (HONOR); 110D: Egyptian fertility goddess (ISIS); 111D: Shelter org. (SPCA); 112D: Exactly (TO A T); 113D: Give an edge to (HONE); 116D: Support staff? (CANE); 119D: Geom. class line part (SEG.); 120D: Airer of baseball's Division Series (TBS); 121D: Stephen of "Interview With the Vampire" (REA); 122D: Swab (MOP).