In a post last month, Orange mentioned Michael Langwald's crossword debut with a puzzle featured in the LA Times. Today marks his debut with the New York Times. Congratulations, Michael.
You might not want to solve this one on an empty stomach, though. The theme answers are punned specials of three well-known celebrities, all of whom have last names that are homonyms of cooking methods.
20A: Breakfast specialty of a rock singer? (Glenn Frey's eggs).
39A: Lunch specialty of an Emmy-winning actor? (Peter Boyle's stew).
57A: Dinner specialty of an R&B singer? (Sam Cooke's steak)
The theme answers should have been easier to figure out. I'm not sure where I can place the blame. I had a busy day...yeah, that's it.
The theme wasn't bad. It wasn't great, either, although many of the nontheme answers were. Some of my favorites:
9A: Off the wall (daffy). That brings this guy to mind.
29A: Constant complainers (cranks).
46A: Topple (depose).
6D: Purim's month (Adir). [Update: Read SethG's comment...this should be Adar. I Googled for confirmation after completing the grid, and came up with this...but Seth's answer is correct.]
9D: Makeshift bookmark (dogear). This is never acceptable to a serious lover of books. Isn't there something called Dogear that allows one to bookmark favorite blogs and the like?
10D: Angered and enraged, e.g. (anagrams). I absolutely love anagrams...but tonight I absolutely could not see it until I had most of the letters in place.
34D: Le Pew of cartoons (Pepé). He was a favorite character in my childhood...and he still is. What a lover boy.
40D: More than big (enormous).
54D: Director Sergio (Leone).
56D: Rubber hub (Akron). Fellow blogger Wendy will no doubt be proud that this was a gimme. I especially like the geographical cross at 53A: Arkansas River city (Tulsa).
Favorite clues include 14A: Word before luck or cluck (dumb), 24A: King of the stage (Lear) and 47D: It may be under your hat (secret).
I haven't seen Saturday Night Live in forever, so I wasn't sure about 51A: Clinton cabinet member satirized by Will Ferrell...although Reno was my first guess. This picture is just too funny.
I just noticed the cross between Reno and crossword staple Eno at 48D, clued as [Brian of ambient music].
Our book club read Pride and Prejudice this month, and we're meeting tomorrow night to discuss it. If it's a late night, you'll likely see the grid and an abbreviated post...with the possibility of more written on Thursday morning.
That will be one of my new blogging rules...no more staying up until midnight to solve and blog if I've had something going on that night. That should help me stay rested...and sane.
That's it for tonight. Here's the grid... [Update: Since Adir was incorrect, so are its crosses. I misspelled vise, which gave me rich (rather than the correct rash) for 18A: Ill-considered. My wrong answer seems to fit the definition, though...Wasn't that rich?].
...and I'll see you tomorrow.