by Lee Glickstein and Craig Kasper
rick b here. aka cornbread. comments are welcome. even the snarky ones, JD. (see: 27A clue)
thirteen broadway musicals are crammed into this wicked fine wednesday puzzle! (unfortunately, WICKED is not among them)
1A: Stone in Hollywood (OLIVER)
7A: Home for Will Rogers and Garth Brooks (OKLAHOMA)
16A: What some unscrupulous e-businesses do? (SPAMALOT)
19A: Torn (RENT) in the photo to the right, that's a different AVA in the musical, Rent.
31A: Extremely narrow winning margin (HAIR) i believe the 40th anniversary is coming soon. can that be true? 40? seems just like yesterday...
35A: Kind of club (CABARET)
41A: A Peron (EVITA)
44A: Student of Dr. Pangloss (CANDIDE) i didn't realize it was a musical, too.
46A: Lover of Radames (AIDA)
62A: Renown (FAME)
67A: Site of much horsing around? (CAROUSEL) nice clue, that.
69A: Perform ostentatiously (SHOWBOAT) hamitup didn't fit AND isn't a musical...d'oh!
70A: Destiny (KISMET)
phew! that's an awful lot o' singin' and dancin', ya think? raise your hand if you've never of heard of KISMET the musical. but i looked it up. it was adapted from a play by someone named edward knobloch.
never heard of him either, but the Yankees were (still are) our favorite team to hate and Chuck Knoblauch was our favorite player to jeer. my kids and i just reeled with laughter at his name. (hey, our last name is almost as silly, so back off.) whenever the yankee 2nd baseman would come up to bat we'd chant, "KNOB-LOCK, KNOB-LOCK.
ah...but i digress...
things i didn't know, but do now:
1D: Astrologer Sydney (OMARR) besides not knowing, i don't care...
8D: 2001 film set in a mental institution (K-PAX)
18A: Bejeweled pendant (LAVALIER) a very pretty word. (almost as pretty as LEVALIER. hahaha)
24D: Renaissance instrument (REBEC) thank god for the gimme crosses, EVITA and CANDIDE.
48D: Ancient garland (ANADEM) another lovely word. which i will not sully with some ridiculous political play-on-words comment. but i'm tempted...
one bit of phil that does NOT pass the breakfast table test:
43A: TV Dr. of note (PHIL) but i guess i'll let it pass considering the wording of the clue and the musical theme of the puzzle.
and my favorite fill?
15A: 1950s All-Star outfielder Minnie (MINOSO) i have 2 of his baseball cards, worth a whopping dollar-three-eighty, i think.
54A: Washington ballplayer, briefly (NAT) because the Nationals are even worse than my hapless Rangers. and also because i originally wrote in SENators who were the original Rangers... are you confused, yet?
68A: Architectural decoration (FRIEZE) because i carve stone and friezes are expansively fun.
linda, did you know...
Ava Gardner was only 25 years old when she starred in one of her first signature roles as the goddess of love in "One Touch Of Venus." Mary Martin starred in the 1943 Broadway musical.
the grid. including human error.
psst. my paparazzi caught you on the beach yesterday...