Theme: "Hybrids" — Theme answers are two-word phrases created by combining the names of two car models and clued wackily.
[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: Chutzpah? (Chevy/Saturn) (CAVALIER OUTLOOK).
- 29A: Duffer's trip through Scotland? (Volkswagen/Honda) (GOLF ODYSSEY).
- 36A: Memorable forest caretaker? (Ford/Acura) (RANGER LEGEND).
- 50A: Speeding, e.g.? (Chevy/Ford) (CITATION FOCUS).
- 69A: The feel of Manhattan? (Honda/Saturn) (CIVIC AURA).
- 87A: Columbus gone wild? (Nissan/Ford) (ROGUE EXPLORER).
- 100A: Beethoven's 32 for piano, say? (Hyundai/Subaru) (SONATA LEGACY).
- 108A: Feature of the queen's English? (Buick/Hyundai) (REGAL ACCENT).
- 117A: Nice plot? (Buick/Oldsmobile) (RIVIERA INTRIGUE).
As I always say on Sunday, of course there have to be a few clunkers in a puzzle this big. In this case, I put AB TONER (62A: Bit of exercise room equipment) and MINTAGE (72D: Coin-making) in that category. I also didn't like CAPON (97A: Tender cockerel) but I'm sure it's just because I have no idea what it is or what the clue even means.
I ran into all kinds of trouble when I plopped in ENID and STAT at 1D and 2D where WACO and ASAP were supposed to go (1D: Chisholm Trail city / 2D: "I need it fast!"). For some reason I didn't fight with it too long though. I just decided to abandon it and come back to it later, which worked out great for me.
- 10A: Concentration amt. (PPM). I'm sure this stands for [something] PER [something], but that's about as close as i can get.
- 21A: Altar constellation (ARA). Remember back to the second day of this blog? You don't? Well, go check it out. We talked about ARA in that day's CW101 lesson.
- 28A: Year's record (ANNAL). I don't like this word. It looks too much like another word.
- 33A: Capa waver (TORERO). We just talked about this word capa the other day, didn't we? I said something stupid about it and then someone much smarter than me explained the real thing in the comments. I love when that happens. You guys rock.
- 59A: Ancient Egyptian deity (AMEN-RA). If this is something you haven't seen in a puzzle before, take another look at it. Stare at it for a little while. You'll need to know it again. I guarantee it.
- 76A: First step toward nirvana (SATORI). Never heard of this before. Seems like I should have a Nirvana clip here, but the word reminds me of this instead ....
- 83A: Local movie venue, in Variety slang (NABE). Way back, like, a year and a half ago, Rex used to do a weekly wrap-up over at his blog. It was a pretty fun little bonus post but, sadly, it didn't last long. Anyway. The very first one he ever did prominently featured NABE.
- 120A: Hall of Fame Vikings lineman Carl (ELLER). I entered Ellis at first. Close but ....
- 123A: Peasant's meal (GRUEL). At one of my jobs many years ago, I used to eat instant oatmeal at my desk every morning and my boss would always accuse me of eating GRUEL.
- 124A: Silt deposit (LOESS). Learned it from crosswords.
- 30D: "Inka Dinka Doo" composer (DURANTE). Oh alright.
- 37D: Shrub yielding a blue dye (ANIL). Another early CW101 lesson.
- 96D: Germ-free (STERILE). See also 100D: __-Flush (SANI).
- 102D: Fontanne's theater partner (LUNT). Learned it from crosswords.
Everything Else — 1A: Bet (WAGER); 6A: Ancient sorcerer (MAGE); 13A: 130-minute H.S. tests (PSATS); 18A: Notwithstanding (ASIDE); 19A: Model (IDEAL); 22A: Find a new home for, as a plant (REPOT); 26A: Singer Bryant (ANITA); 27A: Cockney aspiration? ('OPE); 31A: Pilot lead-in (AUTO-); 35A: Donny and Marie, by birth (UTAHNS); 39A: Deck used for readings (TAROT); 41A: Continue until (END AT); 42A: Vast spice trade region of yore (ASIA); 43A: Miniseries, often (SAGA); 44A: Hebrides isle (IONA); 48A: Formally exit (SIGN OUT); 54A: Proceed tediously (PLOD); 55A: Kickoff aid (TEE); 57A: 2000s sitcom single mom (REBA); 58A: Hues (TINCTS); 65A: Consumed (ATE); 66A: Microwave brand (AMANA); 71A: Awards since 1949 (EMMYS); 73A: Confine, with "in" (HEM); 74A: Choose paper over plastic? (PAY CASH); 78A: Off the beaten path (AFIELD); 80A: Residents: Suff. (-ITES); 82A: Singing syllables (LAS); 91A: "No prob!" ("SUITS ME!"); 93A: Let slide (DROP); 94A: Minus (LESS); 95A: Enjoy Doritos, say (NOSH); 98A: Like Itt (HAIRY); 103A: Styx ferryman (CHARON); 106A: Movie set structure (FACADE); 107A: Mensch lead-in (UBER-); 111A: Dill pickler (BRINE); 113A: Like any theme ans. in this puzzle (ACR.); 116A: Typewriter type size (ELITE); 121A: With 125-Across, words before customer (ONE); 122A: Radio pioneer (TESLA); 125A: See 121-Across (PER); 126A: Metrical units (FEET); 127A: Fresh (SASSY); 3D: Basketball maneuver (GIVE AND GO); 4D: "Grandparenting in a Changing World" author LeShan (EDA); 5D: Empathize with (RELATE TO); 6D: Look (MIEN); 7D: Fees charged to sponsors (AD RATES); 8D: Like some historical time scales (GEOLOGIC); 9D: Mer contents (EAU); 10D: Italian soccer great Rossi (PAOLO); 11D: TA's boss (PROF.); 12D: Speedy shark (MAKO); 13D: Seek divine intervention from (PRAY TO); 14D: Hit (SENSATION); 15D: Imitative (APISH); 16D: Count from one __ (TO TEN); 17D: Visits (STAYS); 20D: Three-star rank: Abbr. (LT. GEN.); 24D: "Are you __ out?" (IN OR); 25D: Grace starter (LORD); 32D: Amin subject (UGANDAN); 34D: Show again (REAIR); 36D: Survey taker: Abbr. (RESP.); 38D: Dormant state (LATENCY); 39D: __ chi (TAI); 40D: "A long time __ in a galaxy far, far away ..." (AGO); 43D: Single or separated, e.g. (STATUS); 45D: William of __, for whom a logical "razor" was named (OCCAM); 46D: Screwy (NUTTY); 47D: Carrying team (ASSES); 49D: Salt Lake City college athlete (UTE); 51D: Sub, perhaps (TEACHER); 52D: Palindromic pop group (ABBA); 53D: Pottery worker (FIRER); 56D: Red explorer? (ERIC); 60D: Syrup source (MAPLE); 61D: Is of use (AVAILS); 63D: __-B: dental care brand (ORAL); 64D: Pop singer Bedingfield (NATASHA); 66D: "__ Day's Night" (A HARD); 67D: "What do you take __?!" (ME FOR); 68D: Barcelona buddy (AMIGO); 70D: Comparison words (IS TO); 75D: 19th century soprano __ Patti (ADELINA); 77D: Columbus sch. (OSU); 79D: River to the Tigris (EUPHRATES); 81D: Medicinal plant (SENNA); 84D: Shoots for dinner (ASPARAGUS); 85D: Ivied halls swaggerer, briefly (BMOC); 86D: "__ ... moe" (EENY); 88D: Gen-__ (XER); 89D: Study of Freud, etc., in a coll. catalog (PSY.); 90D: Asphalt layer, perhaps (ROAD BASE); 92D: Mostly submerged hazards (ICEBERGS); 99D: Many CBS Radio listeners (AOLERS); 101D: Original Crayola pack, e.g. (OCTET); 103D: Fishing trap (CREEL); 104D: Greeting (HELLO); 105D: Physically flexible (AGILE); 106D: Abnormal temperature (FEVER); 109D: Field yield (CROP); 110D: Theater (CINE); 112D: __ the finish (IN AT); 114D: Sticks with leather tips (CUES); 115D: Count (on) (RELY); 118D: Two-minute warning giver (REF); 119D: George's songwriting partner (IRA).