Theme: "What's Yours?" — Theme answers are bar drinks that include words evoking certain occupations. (Wouldn't "What'll You Have?" be a better title?)
[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.]
- 25A: The barber ordered a __ (VODKA TONIC).
- 27A: The heating contractor ordered a __ (BOILERMAKER).
- 40A: The farmer ordered a __ (PLANTER'S PUNCH).
- 60A: The popcorn producer ordered a __ (HOT BUTTERED RUM).
- 84A: The orthopedist ordered a __ (SINGAPORE SLING).
- 102A: The high roller ordered a __ (SEVEN AND SEVEN).
- 119A: The handyman ordered a __ (SCREWDRIVER).
- 123A: The citrus grower ordered a __ (FUZZY NAVEL).
Who can complain about a puzzle full of alcohol? I found it kind of funny that I've only ever had two of the theme drinks. And I used to drink a Lot. I guess I was more of a cheapest-beer-you-can-find kinda gal. (Which, by the way, was Mickey's Big Mouth Barrels. $2.52 for a six-pack back in the day.) Good times. I also spent a few minutes trying to come up with other clue/answer pairs that would work for this theme. I guess "The suicide bomber ordered a KAMIKAZE" would be completely inappropriate.
- 22A: It surrounds Cittè del Vaticano (ROMA). The use of the foreign spelling in the clue should have tipped you off to the foreign spelling in the answer. See also 31A: Divisions politiques (ETATS).
- 24A: "Don't have __, man!" (A COW). See also 113D: Throw __: lose it (A FIT).
- 37A: Band for a tea ceremony? (OBI). Is a tea ceremony a thing? I'm too lazy to look it up.
- 50A: Band tour toter (ROADIE). I kept reading this as "Band tour touter." I'm all "The roadies don't tout the tour, they just ... carry everything."
- 83A: "Tuesdays with Morrie" author (ALBOM). Read a Mitch Albom book a couple years ago for a book club. The best thing I can say about it is that it wasn't as terrible as I thought it was going to be.
- 88A: Strips for breakfast (BACON). Cute clue! I admit, the first thing that came to my mind was 95A: Obscene (FILTHY).
- 1D: Bed that's hard to climb out of (CRIB). Until, ya know, it becomes easy to climb out of.
- 18D: British raincoats (MACS). Also some popular computers you may have heard of.
- 41D: Fragrance by Dana (TABU). How did I know this with no crosses?!?
- 44D: Laundry conveyor (CHUTE). I have some friends who once found their four-year-old stuck in the laundry chute. The mom was completely freaking out and the dad was all, "Wait! Let me get the camera!"
- 69D: "Good Morning Starshine" musical (HAIR). I went looking for a clip for this, but remembered (quite quickly) that this is a really annoying song. Instead, I'll leave you with this ....
- 94D: Bubbly beverage (SELTZER).
Crosswordese 101 Roundup:
- 10A: Crosswind direction, at sea (ABEAM).
- 33A: Title apiarist in a 1997 film (ULEE).
- 54A: Treaty gp. since 1948 (OAS).
- 71A: Some hi-fis (RCAS).
- 132A: Winter Palace resident (TSAR).
- 2D: Winery prefix (OENO-).
- 16D: O'Neill's daughter (OONA).
- 34D: Brian of Roxy Music (ENO).
- 42D: Cheese burg (EDAM).
- 81D: Without a letup (ON END).
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