Hello again, Wendy sitting in for my second gig as guest blogger for Linda.
Another Monday that I didn't breeze right through, although the theme became apparent right away in answers that ended with things you'd find in the (30 D) JUNK DRAWER. The theme entries were:
(18 A) FLORIDA KEYS
(61 A) THIRD STRING
(3 D) TICKER TAPE
(24 D) PIG PENS
I don't keep any of these things in a junk drawer, preferring to strew them all over the house in various locations, but it was a nice theme nonetheless. I hadn't seen it before, anyway.
Notable today was some bizarreness that didn't seem too Monday-esque. My top vote in this category goes to (42 A) TOPER. I've been in the company of way too many serious drinkers in my day, and I've never heard this word under any circumstances. Per my dictionary, it's derived from the French infinitive 'toper' meaning to accept the stakes in gambling, and it goes on to speculate that the drinking element "probably" refers to the custom of drinking to the conclusion of the wager. Uh ... what? Everyone, please use this in a sentence today. Personally, I'd rather never see it again.
Another was actually a clue, which may be totally obvious to some, and that was (1 D) Part of a suicide squeeze, or BUNT. see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squeeze_play_%28baseball%29
That's a rather unfortunate term, though, or would be for some.
Never heard of doctors being referred to as (22 A) MEDICOs, either.
Decorate with leaves? (5D) FOLIATE? Who says that? For that matter, who does that?
However, there are old friends here today, among whom are:
We have crossword blogger extraordinaire (69 A) REX (see sidebar if you by some chance don't know who he is);
the Pantheonic krossword kanine (33 A) ASTA, who I might note lived with two humans, Nick and Nora Charles, who were TOPERs to the max;
(57D) Archie and Veronica precursor ETTA Kett, who was supposed to be a high school student, but I'm not buying it; she looks at least 30. Don't you think? FYI, her boyfriend's name is Wingey. Don't kill the messenger.
There are several others, but I'm bored by them already.
(12 D) YOYO and (35 D) DODO make a cute pair in the puzzle, though!
Getting ready for the season premiere of the killer show 30 Rock this Thursday at 8:30 Eastern is (11D) ALEC Baldwin. One of my few appointment television shows from the past year. I am so glad he didn't get derailed by his family problems and leave the show like he originally threatened. Nothing would have been gained by that, Alec! (Call me selfish.)
By far my thrilling word of the day here was (36A) PLUNK. That was worth the price of admission.
Hope you're getting ready for the week ahead by having a hearty breakfast, and I don't mean (60D) TRIX, which will rot your teeth or worse. I suppose you could go to (55D) IHOP, though to me, I know it's sacrilegious, but here again, we're talking empty calories or cholesterol out the wazoo. Just IMOO. ;)
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