This is the last puzzle I will blog until after vacation...and wouldn't you know it would be one that was too tough for me to crack.
I have so much to do before we leave, including a couple of loads of laundry before I can pack, and I have to work all day tomorrow. I am so tired...and I wasn't mentally prepared for a rebus. But there it was.
I was falling asleep at my desk trying to solve the puzzle. I knew it was a rebus...I even had two of the answers. But I couldn't get it to make any sense at all.
So I turned to Harris...he always solves early and posts the grid. I said in an earlier post that I'd fess up if I ever had to resort to this, and this is a first.
The theme was THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. The first one I got was MAN, because I had enough letters in place to know that 16A: One of the Munsters was HERMAN, [crossing with 13D: Flow out (EMANATE)] and there wasn't enough room for it. I was also pretty certain that 15A: Burn slowly was SMOLDER [with 7D: Gave up one's hand (FOLDED)]...again, it wouldn't fit. What really threw me was 14A: Longtime Vicki Lawrence character (THELMA). I had mama, the only character I could remember.
I don't feel right blogging about a puzzle I didn't solve. I'll post the grid, though, because I think it's easier to see the theme answers when they're written out...the applet only shows the first letter of the word, and that always used to confuse me.
I hope you'll discuss this one among yourselves. Did you breeze through it? Or did you tear your hair out? Were you somewhere in between?
I do hope you'll all enjoy spending the next two weeks with guest bloggers Howard B, Robert, Dave, Wendy, and Rick...listed in order of appearance. Thanks to all of you for agreeing to do this. I hope it's a fun experience for each of you.
And thanks to all of you who have been reading this blog. If you weren't out there, there would be no need for guest bloggers.