(she's a 1st-class 21A: One who supplies the means - [ENABLER]) i, and my tomfoolery, appreciate it.
it's been a real hoot, but i don't have a clue how in the cornbread hell she does it every single day.
Here's to you, Linda G. and to your AVA-tar, too.
now, the puzzle: easy as all get-out, and a delightful carving stone, to boot.
'Gamboling' is a magnificent verb. think gait. 'Gambling' on the other hand, is not my cup of tea. i prefer my addictions to be more of the crossword puzzle ilk. ok, i admit it...i also like to 50.D: be cozy - [NESTLE] with a nekkid woman given the chance. . . . . . (psst, linda, how'd you like the way i sneaked that one in?)
Call me what you want, just don't Call for my scalp.
(1A: A die hard enemy might want yours - [SCALP])
i'm pretty harmless, really. i might even holler out:
(38D: comics cry - [EEK] !)
i like the double whammy of Today's Theme being rendered literally, both in the clues AND in the answers:
17A: Call in roulette - [FOURTEEN RED]
30A: Call in blackjack - [HIT ME AGAIN] ok, maybe this one i hope isn't quite so literal.
37A: Call in many a betting game - [DOUBLE OR NOTHING]
46A: Call in draw poker - [I'LL TAKE ONE]
66A: Call in craps - [ROLL THE DICE] roll the dice is my middle name. it's a good thing i don't have any money to lose.
somewhere in the grid i suspect there's a reference to *telephoning* or something, but i didn't note it. i'm only 1/2 recovered from the 25A: Gun dealer's stock - [AMMO] that hit me yesterday. (go get yerselves a flu shot, people. asap, etui.)
that reminds me of one of my favorite things about this wednesday puzzle:
59D: Pivot - [SLUE] is that a cool word, or what?! as if pivot weren't already good enough all by itself...
here are some more things i particularly liked in this puzzle. some of my enamor is a result of the cluing. some from the answers. and some...well, just because.
20A: For smaller government, presumably - [ANTI TAX] ahahaha. riiight...
26A: Norway's patron saint - [OLAF] olav, olaf...i always like it.
34A: Robot maid on "The Jetsons" - [ROSIE] (it's really spelled 'Rosey') but did you know, according to IMDb, the jetsons was "Based on the 'Blondie' comic strip and series."
...no, i did not know that. blondie? really?
52A: John P. Marquand detective - [MOTO] mr. moto rules, dude! hahahahaha
54A: Prefix with carpal - [META] i just like it, ok? metacarpal is a 1st class word.
56A: Sounds of walking in moccasins - [PATTERS] 1st off, 'moccasins' is just a good word. 2nd-ly, i like the pitter-patter of tiny feet. A+ all around. (not to mention the un-pc irony of including *scalp* and *moccasin* in a nyt puzzle.)
73A: Photographer Ansel - [ADAMS] if he hadn't been such 3D: [A NUT] for landscape, he would have captured Ava in splendor we've never even imagined before.
2D: "Let's go" - [C'MON] (this is one of those "just because i like 'ems.")
3D: "sometimes you feel like __ ..." - [A NUT] (wasn't that one just in here the other day?)
4D: Italian river valley in W.W. II fighting - [LIRI] (this crossing with 14A: Amor vincit __" - [OMNIA] really threw me for a loop.)
5D: Page of music - [PATTI] sigh...
8D: Fair sized plot - [ACRE] why are 'a nut', qbs, do-re-mi, etc, lacti/lacto, acre, ices, arena, and even *nieces* all in this puzzle and so prevalent lately. yet we didn't even get a 3rd day in a row CEREAL!!!??? i call foul. where's my cap'n crunch? i think maybe we need a 60A: Deicing tool - [SCRAPER].
C'MON Will. don't be such a slacker.
11D: Genna Davis role - [THELMA] (geena davis is hot. ok?)
27D: W.C. - [LOO] (haahahaah)
28D: Tempe school - [A.S.U.] my son did an archaeological dig with ASU in new mexico a few years back.
29D: Tiny tale - [FIB] obvious, yet subtly sweet cluing in my book.
32A: Pre-1868 Tokyo - [EDO] pantheon worthy, IMOO.
33A: Dog in 1930s films - [ASTA] (how're you doin in retirement Asta? oh...tired of fishing, i see. you seem to be makin' a comeback, though...)
40A: Make music on a comb - [HUM] (easy, but vibrant clue/answer)
42D: i hate this one and i wish Will would f**k-ing retire it. why is it here every f##k-ing week??
46D: Hinder - [IMPEDE] both words are mellifluous in their own ass-backward ways.
49D: Contents of some shells - [TNT] i just like it. ok?
57D: Pitcher's stats - [ERAS] give me a little baseball fill and i'm a happy guy...
63A: "___ homo" - [ECCE] aloha to you all. i hope you'll join me at the cornbread blog and comment on occasion.
she's said she doesn't wear a bikini, but. . . does she sport the burqini?
& this is the grid...(thanks for reminding me, wendy.)