Theme: No theme today.
Happy New Year, everyone! My New Year's resolution is to get organized and keep up with my commitments. How'm I doin' so far? So sorry I'm late. I covered today's NYT puzzle over at Orange's blog, but forgot I was supposed to cover for her here too. So this will be quick and you guys can fill in the gaps in the comments.
Really enjoyed the NW corner, I BELIEVE SO, CON ARTISTS, and IN THE STARS (1A: Hedged reply / 15A: Hustlers / 17A: How preordained events are written?) are all interesting, fresh phrases. Obviously, the NW and SE required three three-letter words all together, which isn't ideal, but at least in the NW, I'm gonna say it's worth it.
Things I Did Not Know:
- 38A: __ Observatory, site of the larger Hale Telescope (PALOMAR). This one rings some very vague bells. Feels like I should have known it.
- 49A: "__ Mir Bist Du Schoen": Andrews Sisters hit (BEI). "To Me You're Beautiful." The first ever female vocal group to earn a Gold Record was the Andrews Sisters, for this song.
- 57A: Antique diamond shape (OLD MINE CUT). Never heard of this. But I'm so not a diamond person, so it's not really surprising.
- 8D: Big Sur retreat (ESALEN). Sounds awesome.
- 34D: Long legging attached to a saddle (GAMBADO). If you say so.
- 18A: Start to till? (ROTO-). Did I ever tell you about the time we traveled to Costa Rica with three adults, four children, eight suitcases, and a roto-tiller? No? Probably because it's not a very interesting story.
- 20A: Frazier rival (ALI). This clue could sure use some jazzing up. It's Saturday, after all.
- 32A: Cherished (PET). Very tricky. Both can be verbs, one past tense, one present. But in this case they're both adjectives.
- 12D: Household drudgery (IRONING). You got that right. See also 14D: Cleaned (off), as a counter (SPONGED).
Everything Else — 11A: Gawain and Kay, e.g. (SIRS); 16A: Slicing, dicing, etc. (PREP); 19A: Fr. company (CIE); 21A: Altercation (RUN-IN); 22A: Impart (LEND); 24A: Warning (OMEN); 25A: Zipping through (ACING); 26A: Looking up to (ESTEEMING); 28A: Where it's at (VENUE); 29A: Saturate with (STEEP IN); 30A: Gulped with gusto (SWIGGED); 33A: __-ha: stink (HOO); 42A: Asteroids game company (ATARI); 43A: Alarming (WORRISOME); 45A: Metz mothers (MÈRES); 46A: "Carmina Burana" composer (ORFF); 47A: Part of Q.E.D. (ERAT); 48A: I.Q. test pioneer (BINET); 50A: Taxonomic suffix (-OTE); 51A: All-encompassing phrase (A TO Z); 52A: Locks out of a store? (HAIRPIECES); 56A: Herbert sci-fi classic (DUNE); 58A: Phone abbr. (OPER); 59A: Sliders at home, perhaps (GLASS DOORS); 1D: Cold fish, so to speak (ICICLES); 2D: Skinny to the max (BONIEST); 3D: Political agreement (ENTENTE); 4D: "Well, __-di-dah" (LAH); 5D: Wrath (IRE); 6D: They travel a great distance to get here (ETS); 7D: Daily supplement (VITAMIN); 9D: Philharmonic section (STRINGS); 10D: WWII hush-hush gp. (OSS); 11D: Flying boat built by Hughes Aircraft (SPRUCE GOOSE); 13D: Following (RETINUE); 21D: Ristorante fare (RAVIOLI); 23D: Long-term storage solution (DEEP FREEZER); 24D: Forgets about (OMITS); 27D: Modern pentathlon competitor, at times (ÉPÉEIST); 31D: Landing site (WHARF); 35D: Had the time of one's life (ATE IT UP); 36D: Without exception (BAR NONE); 37D: Blue pool target (TWO BALL); 38D: Image adjusters (PR FIRMS); 39D: Casablanca locale (MOROCCO); 40D: Pro's opposite (AMATEUR); 41D: Checks again (RETESTS); 44D: Golden Crinkles maker (ORE-IDA); 52D: Monopolize (HOG); 53D: Magnum et al.: Abbr. (PIS); 54D: Unaffiliated: Abbr. (IND.); 55D: Want-ad abbr. (EEO).