The only way to come up with a blog entry of any length or depth would be to list all of the wrong answers I had in this puzzle.
I'm sure Manny Nosowsky doesn't hate me...he doesn't even know me! It's probably more likely that I just wasn't on his wavelength tonight. Every time I turned around, I was messing up another one. There are more erasures on this grid than I've ever had in the history of my puzzling solving.
It didn't help that I'm grumpy. Current madness (it's actually been an ongoing madness) is daughter related, and she called mid-puzzle...and just irritated the pure hell out of me.
I did manage to get the upper right quadrant of the puzzle, thanks in large part to 16A: Draft pick (pale ale) and its cross with 12D: Pantries (larders). That had me sitting pretty enough to guess my way through the rest of that section. Did get tripped up initially by 11D: Races (peoples), since I was thinking of foot races, boat races, car races, and the like.
Ordinarily I love multiple word answers, but when I can't get them, it's pretty frustrating...
And there was one right off the bat...1A: Claimed as one's own (had dibs). I thought it should be adopted. I had no clue about 2D: Former home of the N.F.L.'s Rams (Anaheim). For all I knew, it was Detroit, which fit quite nicely. I'm counting on reader/commenter Profphil to be as clueless about that as I was. He frequently admits that sports trivia isn't his strong suit.
23A: "Go jump in the lake!" (sit on it). I don't believe I've ever used either expression, so I couldn't really say that one means the same as the other.
25A: Begin, as an enterprise (enter on). Doesn't sound right...I need to process that one a bit.
41A: Running wild (on a tear). Okay, we've had that before. It tripped me up then, and it did it again tonight. Again, not an expression I use.
43A: "It's true!" (not a lie). Well, duh. Maybe that was too obvious, but I couldn't see it.
54A: Others (the rest). Actually, I like that one. I couldn't get it without crosses, but I like it.
55A: Expose and destroy (root out). That conjures up some wickedly delightful fantasies of mine.
And those are just the across multiple words. There were also at least seven in the downs:
4D: Spoils (dotes on). Since I thought it began with a P, I was at a loss to come up with a word, but I was thinking goes bad, or something along those lines.
5D: Immobile in winter (iced in). We've seen that enough times that it caused me to question adopted.
6D: Not wait for an invitation (barge in). Well, my mother taught me better manners...I'd never do that.
And continuing with 31D: "Again?!" (now what), 32D: With no time to lose (in a rush), 37D: Comes through successfully (makes it), and 44D: Links with (ties to).
After last week's fiasco with stepfather (clued...offensively, to some...as faux pa?), we have stepdad at 20A, but with a much better clue (Mike Brady of "The Brady Bunch," e.g.). Did Will take note of the comments made? Or is it just coincidence?
My favorite answer in the grid took me forever to see, even after the grid was finished. 39D: Guide feature? (silent u). Those kinds of clues just slay me, but when I get them, I love them.
34D: Scoundrel (stinker) was another answer I liked. I probably would have clued it differently, though. In my mind, stinker has an affectionate connotation, and I don't think kindly of scoundrels.
Here's the grid. I made it smaller so you can't see the mess I made of it.
I think I'll go sit with a glass of wine and forget about this puzzle...and hope that Sunday brings a fun one. Enjoy your Saturday.