Oh, Man(ny)! My head is still spinning from this puzzle!
This is another one that had me stumped from the get-go. After reading all the clues I had only a handful of answers.
1D: Ones doing a balancing job? (CPA). I'm married to one, and I've seen it clued this way before.
5D: Curry and Rice (Tims). Amazed that I got this immediately. Probably the fact that Rice was capitalized.
9D: Cousins of bassoons (oboes). If a musical instrument in a puzzle isn't a viola, it's an oboe.
32D: Swedish flier (SAS). It wasn't long ago that Rex Parker said to remember this. The hell with E.F. Hutton--when Rex Parker talks, I listen.
58A: Grain fungi (ergots). We had this a few months ago, and I knew it would be back. Here's an interesting article on ergotism, which is not to be confused with eroticism. You can find your own article on that.
Yeah, I had to resort to Dogpile for a few of the obscurities, including:
16A: Dodger who threw the pitch Bobby Thomson hit for the "shot heard 'round the world" (Branca). What I know about baseball would fit on the head of a pin, but I know where to look for the answers.
13D: August Wilhelm von __, leader of German Romanticism (Schlegel). Never heard of him but he has a way cool name.
Some of the longer answers started jumping out at me at that point.
34A: Ancient (as old as the hills), followed by
37A: Treated fairly (did justice to). Then I got
7D: Remark introducer (let me just say) and
21D: Ones who can handle adversity (tough cookies).
The odd thing (36D) was the way that was clued with 52A: (it is an).
I stared at 8D: (Where no one has any business going?) and couldn't see residential area, even though I had most of the letters. What's up with that?
And speaking of the Sun puzzle (I'm sure someone was... somewhere), Friday's puzzle is by Francis Heaney, the third place winner at ACPT. If you haven't already checked out his blog, you should. I just love his Tie Project. In fact, I have three ties that I'd like to send him if I can figure out how to do it.
A Happy Friday to one and all.