If you're a regular reader, you know that I've been unable to finish the last two David Quarfoot puzzles. But here it is, a Friday puzzle, and I finished it.
It must have something to do with Katy Swalwell.
Stacks of nine-letter entries, some eight-letter stacks, and a couple of twelve-letter entries. I'm not calling this an easy puzzle, but none of the fill was extremely difficult. That said, several of the clues needed to be revisited more than a couple of times.
The twelve-letter entries:
6D: The Elite Eight are associated with it (March Madness)
21D: Subject of some sightings (Elvis Presley). Not to be confused with 10D: Subject of some sightings (UFO).
My favorite nines:
1A: White-bearded, red-capped patriarch (Papa Smurf). Raise your hand if you were thinking St. Nicholas.
57A: Wally Schirra commanded it in 1968 (Apollo VII). I had just gotten my driver's license and was trying to command a 1965 Mustang.
62A: Plain (easy to see). Once I got past the ordinary mindset, it was easy to see where they were going with this one.
And the eights:
34D: Environmental awareness topic (acid rain). Makes me think of a Kelly Clarkson lyric. It's the lies that drop like acid rain.
12D: About three grains (one carat). I initially thought they were referring to bread. If they're talking gems, I've only heard of points for measuring less than a carat.
33A: Symbol of contrasting principles (yin yang)
41A: Slip acknowledgement (I goofed). Priceless...although the word looks funny sitting there.
59A: All-natural abode (igloo).
26D: A little after, timewise (ten past). They continue to come up with different ways to clue telling time.
32D: Good sign? (halo). Not omen.
44D: Words on a heart (be mine). Not timely, but sweet.
I need to keep this one short. I have an early morning appointment with the orthopedic surgeon to see the MRI results and determine where we'll go with my shoulder. I take some small amount of comfort in the fact that the injury isn't age-related. For some reason, it's more acceptable/tolerable to have a sports-related injury. I'm a sick human being.