that was a reference to one of my childhood's favorite dr. seuss books, Horton Hatches The Egg. this puzzle starts out with another seuss classic.
1A: "do you like green eggs and ham?" speaker - [SAM I AM]
about the only screw-ups for me were somehow not remembering how to abbreviate 53D: Mlles. after marriage - [MMES.]
and impulsively entering [AT. NO.] at 35D: 1, for hydrogen: Abbr. - [AT.WT.]
now, in my defense, the atomic weight of hydrogen is actually 1.0079 while the atomic number is Exactly 1.
(if you haven't seen this 'periodic element table table' website, please check it out. if you cruise around it a while you can see most of the elements in striking photographs. besides, the table is just cool.)
i'm rambling. sorry. i plead the fever.
26D: appeal - [PLEA] ...so sue me.
23D: Like a malfeasant, often - [SUED]
ok. i'm 'sposed to mention the theme, aren't i? i'm pretty sure Linda G. had Will publish this puzzle on a day i was guest blogging for her.
her admonition to me is revealed at:
60A: "Behave!" ... and a hint to this puzzle's theme - [MIND YOUR PS AND QS] sigh......yes, ma'am...... (did you notice i even put the correct info in the title this time?)
of course, each of the other theme answers are 2 words beginning with P and Q.
17A: Cosmopolitan staple - [PERSONALITY QUIZ]
26A: N.F.L. star - [PRO QUARTERBACK] i'm not a huge football fan, but how 'bout that Tony Romo? he's kinda exciting to watch, ya think?. (yes, i live in dallas...) btw, have you ever noticed that football players wear 30D: [CAPRI] pants?
47A: Colorful bed cover - [PATCHWORK QUILT] before i 14A: WENT SOLO, i was married for 20 years to a master quiltmaker. (tmi?)
some random stuff i like.
21A: It can be silly - [PUTTY] a friend of mine's father invented it. and i am a master, silly putterer.
24A: W.W.I German admiral - [SPEE] scary lookin' guy, huh? a lot scarier than the SMEE we usually see here in x-word land, that's for sure.
68A: "Kid-tested" breakfast cereal - [KIX] i prefer yesterday's TRIX, but only because of the old ads. remember, "Trix are for kids!" ? i loved that rabbit.
8D: Luau offering - [LEI] HA! you thought i wasn't gonna post an Ava picture this time, didn't you?
11D: Dismounted - [ALIT] because words from the Pantheon make me smile when i see them. asta and etui are my favorites. (poor, asta...)
46D: "say what?" - [HUH] because rumor has it that linda g. has been sporting a new bikini......
my paparazzi snapped this photo, but i have no idea if it's really her...
p.s. the whole *what in the cornbread hell does "ps and qs" mean* thing, is pretty interesting. google it.
or here's one investigator's take on it in case yer lazy or have the &*#*^%& flu.