S U N D A Y   October 17, 2010
Julian Lim (syndicated)

Theme: "I Have a Weird Feeling …" — Anagrammed words for various emotions are hidden in the theme answers.

[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:
  • 22A: "The Age of Turbulence" memoirist (ALAN GREENSPAN). [anger]
  • 29A: Still in Hollywood (FREEZE FRAME). [fear]
  • 32A: Event with a "six metres club" (POLE VAULT). [love]
  • 45A: Treaty of Paris conflict, 1763 (THE SEVEN YEARS WAR). [envy]
  • 59A: Defense strategy that's not an option in some states (INSANITY PLEA). [pity]
  • 71A: Scandalmongers, often (TABLOID PRESS). [pride]
  • 83A: Nintendo game that involves rescuing a princess (THE LEGEND OF ZELDA). [glee]
  • 92A: "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" performer (BILLY JOEL). [joy]
  • 94A: Common cell (MOBILE PHONE). [hope]
  • 109A: Conflict, and a hint to unraveling the puzzle's circled letters (MIXED EMOTIONS).
There were no circles in my grid so I'm totally guessing on the theme answers. If I missed any, please let me know in the comments and I'll add them here.

Crosswordese 101 Round-up:
  • 40A: Big name in beauty (ESTÉE).
  • 57A: Sushi bar supplier (EELER).
  • 90A: Yeats's "__ and the Swan" (LEDA).
  • 61D: Fed. auditor (GAO).
  • 86D: Lemon add-on (-ADE).
  • 98D: Siouan tribesmen (OTOES).
Everything Else — 1A: Hied (SPED); 5A: Redbox rental (DVD); 8A: Fond du __, Wisconsin (LAC); 11A: NH3 (AMMONIA); 18A: Apple part (CORE); 19A: Service station offering (AIR); 20A: "Rubáiyát" rhyme scheme (AABA); 21A: Trying to catch a break? (X-RAYING); 25A: Speculator's reply to "Where's all your money?" (I LOST IT); 26A: Bob Marley, e.g. (RASTA); 27A: Pupil of Plato (ARISTOTLE); 38A: Vet (EX-G.I.); 39A: Suvari of "American Pie" (MENA); 40A: Big name in beauty (ESTÉE); 41A: "The X-Files" extras (FEDS); 50A: Dr. Alzheimer (ALOIS); 52A: Dwells (RESIDES); 53A: Stretch out using (LIE ON); 54A: Many of their pieces are nearly identical (JIGSAWS); 57A: Sushi bar supplier (EELER); 58A: Homeys (PALS); 61A: Like pheasant (GAMY); 62A: Little rat (PUP); 65A: Slave (TOIL); 66A: Corrosive fluids (LYES); 67A: What vacationers are without, by choice (CARE); 68A: Batman co-creator (KANE); 69A: It "enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time": Merton (ART); 70A: Exploded (BLEW); 75A: "Charlie's Angels" angel Munroe (KRIS); 76A: Fracas (MELEE); 77A: Ball Park Franks maker (SARA LEE); 78A: Links site (CHAIN); 80A: Bread component? (SILENT A); 82A: Key of the overture to Mozart's "The Magic Flute" (E FLAT); 87A: "See ya!" ("TA-TA!"); 88A: Buddy List user (AOLER); 89A: Heading under which cabs are listed (REDS); 90A: Yeats's "__ and the Swan" (LEDA); 101A: Heart stimulant brand (ADRENALIN); 103A: Romantic cocktail garnish (PETAL); 104A: First frat at U.C. Berkeley (ZETA PSI); 112A: Delta follower (EPSILON); 113A: Sacha Baron Cohen character (ALI G); 114A: __ de Cologne (EAU); 115A: Tenth: Pref. (DECI-); 116A: She played Sasha Monroe on "Third Watch" (NIA LONG); 117A: 83-Across console (NES); 118A: Banned pesticide (DDT); 119A: "Understood" ("I SEE"); 1D: Gobble (down) (SCARF); 2D: Opposite (POLAR); 3D: Make blank (ERASE); 4D: Pasta order word (DENTE); 5D: __ es Salaam (DAR); 6D: Fight (for) (VIE); 7D: Less upbeat (DREARIER); 8D: Error (LAPSE); 9D: Like __ out of 79-Down (A BAT); 10D: Spam-revealing aid? (CAN OPENER); 11D: Deodorant targets, anatomically (AXILLAE); 12D: 1957 Bobbettes hit (MR. LEE); 13D: Great Leap Forward architect (MAO); 14D: Cries of dismay (OYS); 15D: Niggling detail (NIT); 16D: Trattoria menu suffix (-INI); 17D: Thespian's rep. (AGT.); 20D: "__ sure you've heard ..." (AS I'M); 23D: Wondering look (GAZE); 24D: Org. with many arms (NRA); 28D: Theater awards (TONYS); 30D: No. after a phone no. (EXT.); 31D: Alphabet trio (FGH); 33D: Indeed (VERILY); 34D: Boneheads (ASSES); 35D: Old CIA plane (U-TWO); 36D: Like times of famine (LEAN); 37D: Thrice, in Rx's (TER); 39D: Euripides tragedy (MEDEA); 41D: Sizzling Tex-Mex meat (FAJITA); 42D: "The Ladies' Man" author Lipman (ELINOR); 43D: Watch Fido, say (DOGS IT); 44D: Hemp fiber (SISAL); 46D: Filters (through) (SEEPS); 47D: German donkey (ESEL); 48D: Odious (VILE); 49D: Arbored Southwestern walkway (ALAMEDA); 51D: Japanese honorific (SAN); 55D: Game (WILLING); 56D: Optical maladies (STYES); 58D: Montmartre's city (PARIS); 60D: Longbow wood (YEW); 61D: Fed. auditor (GAO); 62D: Valencian rice dish (PAELLA); 63D: Depose (UNSEAT); 64D: Old Catalan coin (PESETA); 67D: Former Yankee Boyer (CLETE); 68D: Singles promoter? (KRAFT); 70D: Prickly, plantwise (BRIERY); 71D: Final purpose, to Aristotle (TELOS); 72D: First Hebrew letter: Var. (ALEF); 73D: Daimler contemporary (BENZ); 74D: Game opener? (PRE-); 75D: Survivor of Krypton's destruction (KAL EL); 76D: Broker (MIDDLE MAN); 78D: K.J. __, first Korean to win on the PGA Tour (CHOI); 79D: See 9-Down (HELL); 80D: Villainous look (SNEER); 81D: 1967 Temptations hit (ALL I NEED); 83D: Check (TAB); 84D: Disintegrating (ERODING); 85D: Penn. neighbor (DEL.); 86D: Lemon add-on (-ADE); 91D: PDA entry (APPT.); 93D: 39-Down's spouse (JASON); 94D: Leg hiders (MAXIS); 95D: Designer Cassini (OLEG); 96D: Didn't pass, in bridge (BID); 97D: Alpine protagonist (HEIDI); 98D: Siouan tribesmen (OTOES); 99D: '30s V.P. John __ Garner (NANCE); 100D: Milk pitcher? (ELSIE); 102D: River past Thebes (NILE); 104D: Buddhist sect (ZEN); 105D: Start to cure? (EPI-); 106D: Hijack-prevention org. (TSA); 107D: Feel peaked (AIL); 108D: Oslo Accords gp. (PLO); 110D: Furious (MAD); 111D: Partner of about (OUT).


Anonymous said...

HI ~ 32 Across Pole Vault (Love)

Anonymous said...

The Legend of Zelda (GLEE)

Anonymous said...

Mobile Phone (HOPE)

Orange said...

Oh, LOVE/POLE VAULT is part of the theme? Then JOY in BILLY JOEL must be too.

Man, without the circles in the grid, this felt really unsatisfying to me. Not sure why the circles weren't included in the Across Lite version, as that would have made my experience of the theme entirely different.

Martin said...

Not only did I have no circles, but I didn't see "circled letters" in the clue at first, so I spent a few frustrating minutes trying to anagram the long entries.

Everyone tried googling the word "anagram" lately?

Van55 said...

A slog for me. Didn't care about the theme and found it no help with the solve (I had the version with the circled squares).

Never like aphabet runs (FGH). Don't know how a PUP is a little rat -- is it kid is to goat as pup is to rat?

"Bread component" = SILENTA irks me.

Random rhyme scheme ditto.

Didn't like the clue for XRAYING -- trying too hard to be clever in my book.

AOLER used to be current, I guess, but I think it's mostly passe now.

Anonymous said...

Pupil of Plato----Aristottle?
Aristotle taught Plato.

Thrice in RX's. I understand this to mean three times in a prescription which is written- T.I.D.e.g. take one pill T.I.D.

Tinbeni said...

Hmmm, My newspaper grid has the circles and "Big Whoop" they spell out MIXED EMOTIONS in little anagrams.

Liked seeing my Gal-Pal's name KRIS otherwise just an OK solve.

Anonymous said...

29A - freeze frame (fear)

backbiter said...

I can see where not having the circled letters can be a bitch. That is one advantage of an actual newspaper puzzle has over an online puzzle. Eh, not too much to rant about,not too much to praise either. It's just there.


KJGooster said...

I'm not a fan of circled-letter themes to begin with, and without the circles this seemed especially blah.

@Anon 10:10: TID is an abbreviation for the Latin "ter in die," or three times (thrice) a day. Also, Socrates taught Plato, who then taught Aristotle.

Anonymous said...


Ed said...

I don't get REDS, either. What listing, yellow pages? I know there are Red Cabs in various cities, but as a heading???

And I first thought of "Praying" as trying to catch a break (and "apillae" sort of looked good...).

Anonymous said...

Cabs, as in Cabernet (wine)