THEME: LAW (59D: A kind of it begins the answers to starred clues)
How is it that a week later I am still jet-lagged? Not such that I feel bad; I'm just going to bed two hours later than usual and getting up two hours later as well. One consequence — I did this puzzle last night just after the NYT puzzle, and then wrote up the NYT puzzle at my other website, and now can't remember a damn thing about what it was like to solve this puzzle. I *do* remember that the LAT and NYT share many features today — prolific female constructors whose last names begin with "G," for one thing. Also at least one theme answer feature. OK, enough crossover talk. Back to trying to remember how I solved this. Well, first, I solved it in 2:59. That I know. I wrote it down in this little journal covered with monkeys that we got in Costa Rica last year with the idea of maybe giving to to someone as a present. That clearly never happened, so now it's my 2010 crossword journal. Its sole purpose is to record my solving times. I've never thought to keep track before, but I'm mildly curious. OK, enough about monkey journals. The puzzle...
I know that I got hung up in one place: BLUE ... I wanted BLUEDAY or BLUEOUT. Needed the crosses to see / remember BLUE FLU. Love that answer, and love JAM PACK (4D: Crowd to capacity). The REST was EASY (REST EASY! 40A: Quit worrying), but not terribly exciting. After BLUE FLU, I think only STRUDEL (25D: German dessert) caused me a moment's hesitation. There are a few weak short answers hanging around the margins of the grid, but nothing worth grousing about. Typical stuff.
- 17A: *Sound and practical judgment (COMMON SENSE)
- 11D: *Iced tea garnish (LEMON PEEL)
- 36A: *Cops' sickout (BLUE FLU)
- 31D: *Analytical write-up (CASE STUDY) — I think I needed several crosses to make this evident.
- 58A: *Karate and aikido (MARTIAL ARTS)
Crosswordese 101: EMU (16A: Outback sprinter) — how in the world have we gone 9+ months without covering EMU?! Big flightless birds of Australia. They are fast — often clued as sprinters. Their "cousins" are (typically) RHEA, ostriches, and cassowaries. For the record, if you ever see the clue [Ypsilanti sch.], EMU is the correct answer in that instance as well. Looks like Eastern Michigan University was late to the domain name grab, though — EMU.EDU appears to be taken by Eastern Mennonite University. FYI.
Well, nothing, actually.
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Everything Else — 1A: Bluegrass instrument (BANJO); 6A: Tearoom biscuit (SCONE); 11A: Fellow (LAD); 14A: WWII threat (U-BOAT); 15A: Misleading moniker (ALIAS); 16A: Outback sprinter (EMU); 17A: *Sound and practical judgment (COMMON SENSE); 19A: Trio in a nursery rhyme tub (MEN); 20A: Jacket closer (SNAP); 21A: Honshu metropolis (OSAKA); 22A: Half-baked twice? (DONE); 23A: 1970s Mary Tyler Moore costar (ED ASNER); 25A: E-mails (SENDS); 26A: Pigeon patter (COOS); 27A: Ready in the keg (ON TAP); 29A: Hard to please (PICKY); 32A: Food preparers' headgear (HAIR NETS); 35A: Letters before a 15-Across (AKA); 36A: *Cops' sickout (BLUE FLU); 39A: Show fallibility (ERR); 40A: Quit worrying (REST EASY); 42A: Barely passing grade (D PLUS); 44A: Wipe clean (ERASE); 45A: Place to fish from (PIER); 47A: Fiery felony (ARSON); 49A: Like some lettuce (RED LEAF); 52A: Obligation (DUTY); 53A: Present, as one's case (STATE); 55A: Pirates roam them (SEAS); 57A: Part of a univ. URL (EDU); 58A: *Karate and aikido (MARTIAL ARTS); 60A: One on foot, in signs (PED); 61A: Clay pigeon sport (SKEET); 62A: Visitor from the stars (ALIEN); 63A: Give it a whirl (TRY); 64A: V-formation fliers (GEESE); 65A: Garden intruders (WEEDS); 1D: Tampa NFLers (BUCS); 2D: Dry as __ (A BONE); 3D: Drifter (NOMAD); 4D: Crowd to capacity (JAM PACK); 5D: Nebraska native (OTO); 6D: Talks back to (SASSES); 7D: Like a day with blue skies (CLEAR); 8D: Sound like a pig (OINK); 9D: "Apollo 13" gp. (NASA); 10D: Opposite of WNW (ESE); 11D: *Iced tea garnish (LEMON PEEL); 12D: Modify (AMEND); 13D: Mojave hills (DUNES); 18D: Verboten act (NO-NO); 22D: University VIP (DEAN); 24D: Protein-rich legume (SOYBEAN); 25D: German dessert (STRUDEL); 27D: Klutz (OAF); 28D: Zero (NIL); 29D: Itís two more than an eagle (PAR); 30D: 1950s White House nickname (IKE); 31D: *Analytical write-up (CASE STUDY); 32D: "You, over there!" ("HEY!"); 33D: Capote, familiarly (TRU); 34D: Fourth-yr. collegians (SRS.); 37D: __ Cruces, New Mexico (LAS); 38D: Purpose (USE); 41D: Homer chronicled its destruction (TROY); 43D: Event for special customers (PRESALE); 45D: Small size (PETITE); 46D: It might be half-baked (IDEA); 47D: Skilled (ADEPT); 48D: More boorish (RUDER); 49D: Lenders' charges (RATES); 50D: Lofty lair (AERIE); 51D: Destined (FATED); 53D: "For Pete's __!" (SAKE); 54D: Peach or beech (TREE); 56D: Nine-digit IDs (SSNS); 58D: Flavor-enhancing additive (MSG); 59D: A kind of it begins the answers to starred clues (LAW).