12D: ASK NOT what your country can do for you... just tell 'em!!
the theme was a bunch of pundits (84D: PUNNED IT)
bill WHYPAYMAHER (i love that guy)
ann YOU'RE GETTINGCOULTER
phil DONAHUEDARE (cleverest of all, i think)
get it? i figured it out at bill oh really? (that's what i call him)
oh, i almost forgot. this is rick b. aka cornbread. LINDA asked me to say hello to everyone. ("hello") while she plays hooky. she's such a slacker, don't you think?
this puzzle started off *great* for me. at 1A: pirate spirits, i immediately put in the S. then before i could answer 2A, i thought, "how clever! it's GROG!"... so i wrote in grog. why do i use a pen? so i can see what i write when i correct my errors. and i haven't even had any RUMS.
that reminds me. they snuck in a pretty decent ERR today at 83D. perfect = UNERRING.
and i'm gonna sneak in a nekkid reference now by mentioning 29A: unaided perception = NAKED EYE. (maybe that's an inside joke, i dunno.)
some other stuff i liked:
32A: a la recherche... = PROUST (i like proust)
37A: natural riser = HEAT
40A: it might make you sick = GERM (because i was thinking along "theme" lines and wrote in GORE, who does not make me sick, but...ann coulter does.) i only corrected myself by remembering UTA HAGEN from an earlier puzzle last week.
93A: hawaiian staple vegetables = TAROS (all readers of this blog are required to love any and all hawaiian related fodder.)
37D: magazine exec in a robe, familiarly = HEF (because it's just so camp.)
45D: ex-yankee hideki = IRABU (not to be confused with matsui or tojo.)
94D: illustrator silverstein = SHEL , because he's an old-time favorite. (i bet my kids can still quote him.)
stuff i didn't know: (but only some of what i didn't know.)
CYCLO, AGARIC, SCOP, FASCES, RAGAS...
the fasces/ragas crossing almost did me in.
a pretty darn good puzzle if you ask me. sorry for all the wikipedia articles and no pictures. and i think i lost track of what color i was using for the links. meh. if i'm ever given another chance i'll try to do better next time.
as linda g. would ask about now, "how'd you like the puzzle?"
no guarantee is possible as to the accuracy. it's all my doin'.
i mus be off now....later, rick (typo alert! 90D/96A crossing should be an *O*-be sure to tell me where the others are.) (typo alert #2...i just found it. 42A is TAD, not AD. hahahaha)