36A: "sometimes you feel like__" (A NUT.)
food / don't upset the vehicle...seems to be the theme and i do feel like a nut for offering to guest blog for ava gardner while she's lounging on the beach.
the theme answers are . . .
meh. cute. better than typical tuesday cleverness, for sure. (if this were my blog...i'd likely go off on a tangent with the theme answers at this point. if you say those answers fast enough, it almost sounds poetic.)
but lucky for you, gentle readers, i promised Ms. G that i'd behave.
my favorite fill?
54A: Sen. Feinstein (DIANNE) don't worry linda, i won't go there.
56A: Pork chop? (VETO) hahahahahaha. i love it.
7D: Bullwinkle, e.g. (MOOSE) next to pinky and the brain, i guess rocky and bullwinkle are my all time favorite cartoon characters.
24D: Home run hero of 1961 (MARIS) i have seven of of his classic baseball cards.
45D: Party animal (PINATA) this one is just flat-out clever cluing.
and last, but Never least...
49D: Prop for Groucho Marx (CIGAR) normally i would give you a rousing groucho treatment here, but . . . i'd rather leave you with a bad photoshop of Ava's bare foot.
besides, i'm tryin' Really hard to be nice. ok? i'd hate to get censured on my 1st outing.
i hope to see you all tomorrow, rick.
i hope you're barefoot on the beach, linda g. and havin' the Time of Your Life.