June 20, 2011
- 17A: It's roughly between a batter's chest and knees (STRIKE ZONE).
- 39A: Maynard G. Krebs of old TV, notably (BEATNIK).
- 64A: Begin traveling (HIT THE ROAD).
- 11D: Whence fruity drinks are ladled (PUNCH BOWL).
- 34D: Pie-throwing comedy (SLAPSTICK).
- 1A: "Yipe!" (or an apt title for this puzzle?) ("OUCH!").
- 10A: "__, sesame!" (OPEN). I did not know there was a comma in this phrase.
- 23A: Polynesian wrap (SARONG). I know we just learned another word for SARONG in a puzzle recently, but I can't remember what it is!
- 46A: __-ran: loser (ALSO). Haha!
- 62A: Expensive fur (SABLE). Why oh why do I always want STOLE here. It's never right. Probably because it's a terrible answer.
- 4D: Abominable, as a crime (HEINOUS). Great word that I don't believe I've ever seen in a puzzle before.
- 6D: Stretch out in the recliner, say (LAZE). With the L in place, you would be forgiven for trying LOLL or LOAF.
- 24D: Kelly of song and dance (GENE). I like how Kelly got her name in here.
- 26D: "What the __!" (HECK). Solved this entry from the bottom up so it definitely caused some concern along the way.
- 36D: Giant Mel of Cooperstown (OTT). Watched "Field of Dreams" with the kids the other night. I forgot how much fun that movie is. Cheesy at the end, but that's okay.
- 44D: Like a cornered cat (UP A TREE). Great phrase. Besides the theme answers, this is my stand-out entry of the day.
Crosswordese 101 Round-up:
- 63A: Arab ruler (EMIR).
- 71A: Europe's highest active volcano (ETNA).
- 12D: Old Norse poetry collection (EDDA).
- 36D: Giant Mel of Cooperstown (OTT).
- 51D: Church recess (APSE).
- 53D: __ Park, Colorado (ESTES).
- 61D: To be, in Bordeaux (ÊTRE).
Everything Else — 5A: San Antonio shrine (ALAMO); 14A: Skin cream ingredient (ALOE); 15A: Popular plastic wrap (SARAN); 16A: Without a stitch on (NUDE); 19A: Terminates (ENDS); 20A: Ryan who played Granny on "The Beverly Hillbillies" (IRENE); 21A: Cornerstone abbr. (ESTD.); 22A: "Shoo!" ("SCAT!"); 25A: Quarter half (EIGHTH); 27A: Puts to work (USES); 29A: Within view (SEEABLE); 32A: Put in the "circular file" (TOSS); 35A: Recent: Pref. (NEO-); 37A: Sing soothingly (CROON); 38A: Actor Holbrook (HAL); 42A: "Ease on Down the Road" musical, with "The" (WIZ); 43A: Self-mover's rental (U-HAUL); 45A: 2,000 pounds (TON); 47A: Visible means of __ (SUPPORT); 50A: Pesky little biter (GNAT); 52A: Mad magazine specialty (SATIRE); 54A: Play in the pool (SPLASH); 58A: Brad of "Ocean's Thirteen" (PITT); 60A: Attorney's matter (CASE); 66A: Doily material (LACE); 67A: Like neon and xenon (INERT); 68A: Crisscross pattern (GRID); 69A: Toddler (TYKE); 70A: Slalom curves (ESSES); 1D: Desert refuge (OASIS); 2D: Extreme (ULTRA); 3D: Gadget to remove apple centers (CORER); 5D: Enzyme suffix (-ASE); 7D: Stood up (AROSE); 8D: "Praying" insect (MANTIS); 9D: Tense (ON EDGE); 10D: Poor movie rating (ONE STAR); 13D: Bird's home (NEST); 18D: Barbie counterparts (KENS); 28D: Dead __ Scrolls (SEA); 30D: Superman's Lane (LOIS); 31D: Automaker Ferrari (ENZO); 32D: Therefore (THUS); 33D: Pearl Harbor's island (OAHU); 39D: Sponge up (BLOT); 40D: Yuletide cupful (NOG); 41D: Travelers' havens (INNS); 46D: Not yet captured (AT LARGE); 48D: "Hello" singer Lionel (RICHIE); 49D: Lionels under the tree (TRAINS); 55D: Scrub the launch (ABORT); 56D: Done in, as a dragon (SLAIN); 57D: Hopper of old gossip columns (HEDDA); 58D: Animal hide (PELT); 59D: "If __ make a suggestion ..." (I MAY); 65D: Elevs. (HTS.).