With apologies to Sarah Keller, this will be a short post. We're in the midst of a family crisis tonight...and likely the end of the engagement. That's not a bad thing, but helping Elaine find the courage to do what she knows she needs to do isn't easy.
The theme answers are all puns...cleverly clued in relation to college campuses.
20A: Polishing machines at an Ithaca campus? (CORNELL SANDERS)...the only real groaner of the bunch.
35A: Trustee group at an Atlanta campus? (EMORY BOARD).
43A: Thoroughfare at a New Orleans campus? (TULANE ROAD)...my favorite.
53A: Rental arrangement at a Milwaukee campus? (MARQUETTE SHARE). That was actually pretty good, too...but I needed the crosses to get it.
Favorite answer...60A: Letters that must be bought on "Wheel of Fortune" (AEIOU). I wonder how many of you put an S at the end of it...I did.
Favorite clue...9A: Sleep soundly? (snore). It would be funnier if I didn't.
How serendipitous to see 41A: Zellweger of "Chicago" (Renée) in today's puzzle, since I mentioned her in yesterday's blog. No one commented on the photo of her in that gorgeous dress at the Academy Awards, so I'll run it again.
There were two semi-gross answers in the puzzle. 16A: Prenatal sites (wombs) and 65A: Lice-to-be (nits). Actually, for some, there's a third...29D: Vegetarian's protein source (tofu)...although I happen to like the stuff.
I didn't know 50D: French military hats (kepis), but once I saw the picture, I realized that I did...I just didn't know what they were called.
I'm not familiar with the quote at 4D: John who wrote "Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies" (Donne). I'll have to look into it tomorrow.
One last thought...40A: Old Michael Jackson 'do ('fro)...I had to include this picture. I can't bring myself to post the after to this before.
That's it for tonight. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.