Theme: "Eewwwww!" — Theme answers are common phrases that include the letter string ICK twice.
- 20A: Dickens hero with "papers," as he is formally known (MR. PICKWICK).
- 51A: Unflattering Nixon sobriquet (TRICKY DICK).
- 10D: Surprise football plays (QUICK KICKS).
- 29D: Girls-night-out film (CHICK FLICK).
Since you're all up-to-speed on your Latin, these clues were all easy for you:
- 15A: Not often seen, to Caesar (RARA). As we've discussed here before, RARA is most often clued "___ Avis." Kinda nice to see a change-up here.
- 23A: The "A" in A.D. (ANNO). That's ANNO Domini, or "In the year of our lord."
- 38A: "Elder" or "Younger" Roman statesman (CATO). I've been doing crossword puzzles exactly long enough for this to be a gimme for me. I threw it right down without even thinking about it and it kind of surprised me!
- 2D: Latin love (AMOR). And if you want to review AMOR's conjugation, Orange took us through it back in August.
- 6A: Mandolin ridge (FRET). This is how dumb I am. I thought Mandolin referred to some geographic area in Asia and I entered Ural. D'oh!
- 16A: Spreadsheet reversal command (UNDO). Anyone remember an old IBM TV commercial where some co-workers send out an inappropriate to their boss and then they're all like "Unsend! Unsend!"
- 57A: Singer Tennille (TONI). So glad this wasn't clued as TONI Basil or we'd have this stuck in our heads all day:
- 4D: In "Macbeth," it opens with thunder and lightning (ACT I). Ya know, I see these clues for "ACT [whatever]" and I always have to get the actual act number for the crosses. This time I was so proud of myself for remembering that Macbeth starts right out with thunder and lightning. I remember it because I saw the play once and it was really freaky with the sound effects and the lightning — Prospero and Miranda were running around all scared .... Oh crap. That was The Tempest.
- 5D: How many models are built (TO SCALE). Me: "Really tall with really long legs? What? What do you want here?"
- 7D: Paul Harvey's medium (RADIO). Is he still alive? Nope. He died earlier this year. I remember listening to him when I was a kid.
- 8D: Guitarist Clapton (ERIC). This is to make up for the previous clip (apparently his wardrobe assistant called in sick that day):
- 32D: "__ the season ..." ('TIS). It sure 'tis.
- 43D: Annual period beyond the current fiscal one (OUT-YEAR). Don't recall ever hearing this term but, again, it sounds totally legit to me.
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P.S. PuzzleMom sent me a great story yesterday that I'd like to share with you.
Two weeks ago, our neighbor, Emily, came by to ask if she could use our Internet connection to make a SKYPE call. (They've been waiting two years for a phone line; things don't always move so fast here in Costa Rica). Emily's best friend, Keren, who lives in LA, had just sent word that she is engaged. Emily was thrilled for her and found email an entirely inadequate vehicle for her response. She sat in our library for more than an hour talking with Keren about the proposal, wedding plans and all the things that best friends would talk about in such a situation. She had the door closed, but we couldn't miss the joy and laughter eminating from the little room where our computer sits. Here's what she reported when she finally ended the call:So, Keren and Eddie, if you're out there a big congratulations to both of you!
Keren and Eddie have been together for some time now, and it has become their habit to begin the day with the LA Times Crossword Puzzle, which they complete online.
One morning, Eddie told Keren that he'd tried his hand at constructing a puzzle. He gave it to her to complete, challenging her to finish the puzzle without his help (something that doesn't happen with the LA Times Puzzle). It was filled with personal questions: Where did Eddie and Keren meet? What is Keren's mom's pet name for her? Things like that. When she was finished, she found its theme: spread through the puzzle were these words: Keren will you marry me? Of course, she said "Yes."
Everything Else — 1A: Attacks (HAS AT); 10A: Resign (QUIT); 14A: BP merger partner (AMOCO); 17A: Defeats soundly (ROUTS); 18A: Like many Keats poems (ODIC); 19A: Chilled, as coffee (ICED); 22A: Clothed (CLAD); 24A: More certain than not (LIKELY); 26A: Chewing gum substances (CHICLES); 30A: Office furnishing (DESK); 31A: Nut in a mixed nuts can (CASHEW); 32A: Airport building (TERMINAL); 36A: Indian spiced tea (CHAI); 37A: Manet's "The Luncheon on the Grass," e.g. (OIL); 39A: Mind readers (PSYCHICS); 42A: More sluggish (POKIER); 44A: County on the Strait of Dover (KENT); 45A: Mussed up, as hair (TOUSLED); 46A: Dover landmarks (CLIFFS); 49A: Pretzel topping (SALT); 50A: Megastar (IDOL); 58A: Prefix with -drome (AERO); 59A: Spine-chilling (EERIE); 60A: Milton's "Paradise Lost," for one (EPIC); 61A: Overflow (with) (TEEM); 62A: Hitting serves past (ACING); 63A: Potato holder (SACK); 64A: Old Norse poetic work (EDDA); 65A: Pinkish wines (ROSES); 1D: Hurt (HARM); 3D: Chowder or bisque (SOUP); 6D: Displeased looks (FROWNS); 9D: One bringing down the ball carrier (TACKLER); 11D: Title for Remus (UNCLE); 12D: Epitome (IDEAL); 13D: Hot alcoholic drink (TODDY); 21D: Had the answer (KNEW); 25D: Belief suffix (-ISM); 26D: Initials on an old ruble (CCCP); 27D: Derisive laughs (HAHS); 28D: "My word" ("I SAY"); 30D: Tierra __ Fuego (DEL); 33D: Carpentry fastener (NAIL); 34D: Suit to __ (A TEE); 35D: Lady's man (LORD); 37D: Columbus Day mo. (OCT.); 40D: Playboy Mansion resident, familiarly (HEF); 41D: Like colleges with the lowest tuition, for residents (IN-STATE); 42D: 1840s president (POLK); 45D: Washington city (TACOMA); 46D: Credits as a reference (CITES); 47D: Parkinsonism treatment (L-DOPA); 48D: Greek architectural style (IONIC); 49D: Fathered (SIRED); 52D: Clarinetist's need (REED); 53D: 1920s-'40s art style (DECO); 54D: Spring bloomer (IRIS); 55D: French film (CINE); 56D: Frat party containers (KEGS).