This is the third John Farmer puzzle since I started blogging. The first one was fairly easy for me...the second one kicked my butt. So did the third.
The three theme answers were clued identically...End of some addresses. The answers:
20A: City, state and zip
39A: Email domain name
55A: God Bless America
Clever enough...three different types of address.
I think of John Farmer as a cyberfriend of sorts...we both guest-blogged for Orange when she was globetrotting a few months ago. As such, he deserves better than the Q&D he'll get here tonight...but I'm just tired to the bone.
So here are my favorites...some are great answers, some are great clues.
14A: Detail in a Georgia O'Keeffe painting (petal). There was one of her prints hanging in my former office. That's the only thing I miss about that place. I can't find a picture of that one, but here's another I really like.
16A: "Gotta run!" (Ciao!). I remember a little girl who lived in our neighborhood about twenty years ago. She was just a year old, and that was how she said goodbye to everyone. It was too cute.
19A: James who sang the ballad "At Last" (Etta). Her name is standard crossword fill...a good one to remember.
32A: One way to get a witness (subpoena). That's one of my favorite legal words. I used to pronounce it phonetically in my head (sub-po-E-na) when I had to learn to spell it. I used the same trick for Wednesday (WED-nes-day) when I was in grade school. It must have worked...spelling is one of my strong suits.
35A: Setting for the setting of el sol (oeste). That's Spanish for west...where the sun sets.
43A: Renaissance Faire entertainer (minstrel).
44A: Some widows (spiders).
52A: Small hit (bunt).
2D: Jacopo __, composer of the earliest surviving opera (Peri). Didn't know it...got it from crosses.
4D: "Miracle on 34th Street" name (Macy's). I was running through all of the characters' names...couldn't think of one that would end in YS.
6D: Chipotle, e.g. (jalapeno). Can't eat the things and am always amazed by those who can.
8D: The Dolphins retired his #12 (Griese). I grew up in south Florida and was a Dolphins fan...mostly because my Dad was. Even though he moved to Colorado for a few years, he never changed his allegiance.
9D: "Oh! Carol" singer, 1959 (Sedaka). My mother and I both loved Neil Sedaka. For her sixteenth birthday, Elaine got a Neil Sedaka CD (which had Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen on it). She loved it and was devastated when all of her CDs, along with her backpack, were stolen. Maybe I'll get her another copy for her 20th birthday...next month.
11D: Swank (ritzy).
22D: Hose (nylons). That took me forever to see.
30D: "Timecop" star Van __ (Damme). Never saw it, but he looks pretty good in this shot.
45D: Exclamation at an epiphany (I get it).
50D: Runner-up to Ike (Adlai).
60D: Plimpton portrayer in "Paper Lion" (Alda)...one of my all-time favorite actors.
That's it for today. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.