S U N D A Y   September 5, 2010
John Lampkin (syndicated)

Theme: "Funny Business" — Puns on places of business.

[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.]

Theme answers:
  • 27A: Fishmonger's workplace? (SCHOOL BUILDING).
  • 41A: Justice of the peace's workplace? (HITCHING POST).
  • 65A: Cattleman's workplace? (STOCK MARKET).
  • 89A: Matchmaker's workplace? (CHEMISTRY LAB).
  • 104A: Dentist's workplace? (FILLING STATION).
  • 15D: Racetrack owner's workplace? (OVAL OFFICE).
  • 34D: Slapstick comedian's workplace? (CORNFIELD).
  • 54D: Hard rock musician's workplace? (METAL SHOP).
  • 70D: Ammunition supplier's workplace? (POWDER ROOM).
Crosswordese 101 Round-up:

  • 40A: Norwegian ruler (OLAF).
  • 50A: Prince Valiant's son (ARN).
  • 61A: Green land (EIRE).
  • 114A: Folk singer Guthrie (ARLO).
  • 115A: Adlai's running mate (ESTES).
  • 120A: Old Russian ruler (TSAR).
  • 13D: Addams family cousin (ITT).
  • 29D: Brit. mil. awards (DSO'S).
  • 45D: Hawk's nest (AERIE).
  • 78D: Yale Blue wearer (ELI).
  • 80D: Land on its own gulf (OMAN).
  • 101D: Greek square (AGORA).
  • 107D: Scott Turow memoir (ONE-L).
Everything Else — 1A: Leg-pulls (JESTS); 6A: Mean boss (OGRE); 10A: Underworld boss? (DEVIL); 15A: Chooses (OPTS); 19A: How some risks are taken, after "on" (A DARE); 20A: "I'd like to say something" (AHEM); 21A: Title singer of "You Must Love Me" (EVITA); 22A: Full of oneself (VAIN); 23A: Beethoven's love (MUSIC); 24A: Grave (TOMB); 25A: Kids' snow creations (FORTS); 26A: Spell opener (ABRA); 30A: Ring tone activator (CALLER); 32A: Traffic tangle (SNARL); 33A: Strong-ox connector (AS AN); 34A: Last to arrive at the station (CABOOSE); 35A: Ruler divisions: Abbr. (CMS.); 38A: Letters from your parents? (DNA); 39A: Greenhouse gas (OZONE); 44A: Slapstick antic (PRAT FALL); 48A: First name in B-29 history (ENOLA); 49A: Bard's contraction (E'EN); 51A: Letters sung after various animal names (E-I-E-I-O); 52A: Hard drive title (FILE NAME); 55A: Rice dish (PILAF); 57A: Bit for Fido, perhaps (SCRAP); 58A: Dept. store stock (MDSE.); 59A: It's south of Georgia (ARMENIA); 62A: Bears (HAS); 68A: Twisting shape (ESS); 69A: Put __ on: limit (A CAP); 71A: Property claim resulting from a default (TAX LIEN); 72A: Timber wolf (LOBO); 75A: Mill output? (RUMOR); 77A: Rimes of country (LEANN); 78A: Classic sitcom sidekick (ED NORTON); 82A: Vermont tourist town, home to the Trapp Family Lodge (STOWE); 83A: One of Beethoven's nine: Abbr. (SYM.); 84A: Denom. (REL.); 86A: 1836 siege site (ALAMO); 87A: Big pain (HEADACHE); 93A: Nymph who loved her own voice (ECHO); 94A: Thigh muscles (QUADS); 95A: Spain's El __ (CID); 96A: Canyon pair? (ENS); 97A: Begin (START UP); 100A: One of two Monopoly squares: Abbr. (UTIL.); 101A: Danny of the NBA (AINGE); 103A: Drive to drink? (THIRST); 109A: Baja buck (PESO); 110A: New, in Nicaragua (NUEVA); 112A: Sticky substances (GOOS); 113A: Spiritual sustenance (MANNA); 116A: Protagonist (HERO); 117A: Duck down (EIDER); 118A: Pour (TEEM); 119A: They're always advancing (YEARS); 121A: With a wink, perhaps (SLYLY); 1D: Traffic tangles (JAMS); 2D: PTA concern (EDUC.); 3D: It takes panes (SASH); 4D: Small chamber groups (TRIOS); 5D: Used (SECOND-HAND); 6D: Healthful cereal choice (OAT BRAN); 7D: Grave robber (GHOUL); 8D: Do-fa links (RE MI); 9D: Decorate with brilliant colors (EMBLAZON); 10D: Rebellious (DEFIANT); 11D: Four-time Australian Open champ Goolagong (EVONNE); 12D: It's N of North Carolina (VIRG.); 14D: Where "Madama Butterfly" premiered (LA SCALA); 16D: Cubist Picasso (PABLO); 17D: Some swing seats (TIRES); 18D: Drum kit item (SNARE); 28D: Legal scholar Guinier (LANI); 31D: Dies down (ABATES); 35D: Anthony Bourdain, for one (CHEF); 36D: 2004 iPod debut (MINI); 37D: Small-runway mil. craft (STOL); 39D: Reveal, to a bard (OPE); 42D: Skelton's Kadiddlehopper (CLEM); 43D: "Golly" ("GEE"); 44D: Leg-pull (PRANK); 46D: Truth twisters (LIARS); 47D: Horses' gaits (LOPES); 50D: Mem. of seven consecutive All-Star Game winning teams, 2003-2009 (AL'ER); 53D: Admin. aide (ASST.); 55D: Image creators (PR MEN); 56D: Somalian supermodel (IMAN); 59D: Analogous (AKIN); 60D: Oodles (A TON); 62D: Austere (HARSH); 63D: Extreme, as pain (ACUTE); 64D: Margaret Mead subject (SAMOA); 66D: Daisy whose buds may be used as a caper substitute (OXEYE); 67D: No blabbermouth (CLAM); 73D: Monopoly and others (BOARD GAMES); 74D: Airport south of Paris (ORLY); 76D: Hits back, say (REACTS); 79D: Fishing souvenir? (TALE); 81D: Heads, in slang (NOBS); 84D: Traffic stopper (RED LIGHT); 85D: Ambulance initials (EMS); 88D: Indian relish (CHUTNEY); 89D: Old sailor's blade (CUTLASS); 90D: Come down hard? (HAIL); 91D: Cut with small blades (SCISSOR); 92D: Salon request (TINT); 94D: Tremble (QUIVER); 97D: Green land patron, for short (ST. PAT); 98D: "Done" ("THERE"); 99D: Shopping cart path (AISLE); 102D: Shopping with virtual carts (ETAIL); 104D: Greek cheese (FETA); 105D: Denials (NOES); 106D: Dr. Jones, familiarly (INDY); 108D: Quaint "not" (NARY); 111D: Employment (USE).


Van55 said...

I expected better from Mr. Lampkin. Too many lame abbreviations. VIRGinia is indeed North Carolina, but nobody abbreviates it that way. Mem of seven consecutive All Star Game winning teams = ALER. Sure.


And the theme wasn't all that much fun either, at least for me.

Van55 said...

"north of North Carolina" that should say. One day I will finally learn to proofread before submitting.

Anonymous said...

Since the RRs no longer use them, you will still be waiting for the CABOOSE (34 A) to arrive at the station.

shrub5 said...

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I always like John Lampkin puzzles. Not just for the puns, but for how cleverly he constructs crossing themes. I'm sure these puzzles take him a lot of time to construct without resorting to bad fill.
He uses nice fresh fill words, like: EMBLAZON, EVONNE Goolagong (I love that name!), CHUTNEY, and CUTLASS... many more.
And when I saw the clue for 23A "Beethoven's love" (MUSIC), I just knew this was a J.L. puzzle.
I did however, struggle a bit with the SE corner.

And there's our old OXEYE Daisy, but who knew that their buds are used for capers?

My grandpa (back in the early 1900,s) tamed a timber wolf on his farm in Wisconsin and he named it LOBO. Now I know why.

You may not like the spousal attitudes of Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) in the "Honeymooners", but you can't deny the fact that ED NORTON (Art Carney) made that show hilarious.

@Anon7:02 No, no, no... I just rode in a CABOOSE in Alaska. They are still used on some RR lines... and not just as a novelty either.

Happy Labor Day Y'all!


By far, the best clues of the month are 89A "Matchmaker's workplace" (CHEMISTRY LAB) and 93A "Nymph who loved her own voice" (ECHO).
I also liked the two "Leg-pulls" (JESTS) and (PRANK).

wilsch said...

Good solid Sunday Puzzle. The "workplace" theme was excellent to remind us of the reason for this weekend.

Nighthawk said...

Did this Sunday puz late Monday, so checking PG's comments late.
How is 96A: Canyon pair? = ENS?


Anonymous said...

Two "ens" ("N"s) in the word "Canyon". That kind of clue is hard to understand until you've been puzzling awhile!