I'm trying to remember how I usually do with Patrick Berry's puzzles, but I'm drawing a blank. All I know is that I didn't find this one too difficult, considering it's Saturday.
I loved the two 10-letter entries. 29A: Talking during movies? (voice overs). An answer with two Vs -- how cool is that. 38A: Bad shoes to run in (spike heels). How about bad shoes to walk in? For the record, I think it should be spiked, rather than spike, but I'm okay with it.
And how about those 9-letter answers. Horizontal stacks of three north and south, and vertical stacks of two east and west.
First the north three, followed by the south:
1A: Replacement (spare part).
15A: It's pictured in Van Gogh's "Starry Night Over the Rhone" (Ursa Major). Best way ever to clue this.
17A: Vaudeville bigwig (Top Banana).
55A: Wood-and-chicken-wire enclosure (rabbit run). This makes me think of run, rabbit, run. Something out of a reading primer.
58A: First novel in Cather's "prairie trilogy" (O Pioneers). One of only a few gimmes.
60A: When "anything can happen" on "The Mickey Mouse Club" (Wednesday). I don't get why this is the answer. Don was a big fan and he doesn't get it, either. Maybe it's from a more recent version.
The Eastern stacks...
12D: "Try before you buy" products (shareware). I was so sure it was trial size.
13D: Acting job (portrayal). One of those that was hard to see, even with most of the letters in place.
And the Western...
30D: Flavorful hamburger bun (onion roll).
31D: Pinned on (imputed to).
Some of my favorite clues:
3D: Org. that funds shelters (ASPCA). Not tax shelters, as I originally thought.
9D: It doesn't give you the full picture (trailer).
23A: It's made to measure (ruler).
42A: Bud's bud in comedy (Lou). I think we had something about Abbott and/or Costello recently.
46A: Ready to be drawn (on tap). That took me entirely too long. I was thinking drawn in every other sense...a caricature, tired looking, drawn and quartered (ick).
57A: Railed area, often (altar). Definitely in a Catholic or Episcopal church. Don't know about any others.
Much more to say about this one. Be sure to check out the links in the sidebar for further commentary.
Today was Take Your Dog to Work Day. Sister Karen brought Calli, her 2-year-old Yorkie, and Annie, her 15-year-old Schnauzer. They were both so darn cute. Males (dogs, anyway) tend to mark their territory, so it seemed a good idea to leave Dooley and Barnabas home.
Enjoy the weekend. I plan to stay out of the 100+ degree heat and drink plenty of water...and do plenty of puzzles.
See you tomorrow.