Michael Langwald's New York Times debut was just last month...and here he is with a late-week puzzle his second time around.
Four good theme answers which make up a rebus...minus the pictures.
18A: Summer arctic phenomenon (midnight SUN).
24A: 1890 battle site that's now a memorial (Wounded KNEE).
37A: Grandmother of Jesus (Saint ANNE).
56A: Measure of a company's dominance (market SHARE).
The theme is revealed at 62A: 1965 hit by the performers suggested phonetically by the ends of 18-, 24-, 37- and 56-Across (I Got You Babe).
In addition to a cleverly executed theme, there's the added treat of some really good fill.
4A: Former New York governor (Cuomo). I only know three of them, and the other two wouldn't fit.
15A: Big name in pest control (Orkin). The older I get, the more I freak out over bugs. Orkin (or someone like them) came and sprayed at work...now things are coming out to die. At least once a day, some large thing crawls into my office, causing me to shriek (quietly) and find someone to dispatch it. I honestly don't understand why they bother me...I'm still okay with spiders. Go figure.
16A: __ Bowl (Aloha). My favorite of all. Guess why?
28A: Mayo can be found in it (año). How very clever is that? My first answer was BLT, although I skip the mayo on them.
41A: Hamilton who wrote "Mythology" (Edith). Never heard of it...or her. It was a good guess once I had the TH in place.
53A: "Ghostbusters" director Ivan (Reitman). Well, at least I've heard of the movie. I probably even saw it twice.
4D: Field for Fields (comedy). Totie Fields has been in the puzzle at least once since I've been blogging...maybe twice. This is one of her quotes. She was a class act...and one very funny lady.
11D: Proportionately (to scale).
12D: Condiment made with a mortar and pestle (chutney).
13D: Two-wheeled carriages (hansoms). I know we've had that before, but it continues to trip me up.
36D: Mother of Charlemagne (Bertha). What...it's not enough that we have to know the grandmother of Jesus.
43D: Tied up (in knots). Have you noticed that many of the two-word answers can be parsed incorrectly and still make two words...ink nots, in this case. 54D: "Honest!" (I swear) is another one...is wear. They don't make any sense, but that's how I saw them when I looked back over the grid. Toscale (see above) could be the name of a city in Italy.
46D: Hobbyist (amateur).
48D: Israeli parliament (Knesset).
51D: War preceder (man o')...Raise your hand if you tripped over that one.
52D: Actress Andress (Ursula). She was a Bond girl...and absolutely gorgeous.
It's been a busy night. I came home and baked a big batch of my now-famous layered mint brownies for our volunteer appreciation dinner which is tomorrow night. Things have come together nicely for the event. We have about 400 volunteers, so this is a pretty big deal. I also baked a birthday cake for our director. She bakes a birthday cake for every employee...in addition to what we have at work on our birthday. Before I came along, no one attempted to bake one for her...they all said they were a bit intimidated. I was up for the challenge...and last year I made a German chocolate cake. This year I made a yellow butter cake, frosted with French Silk.
So I was late getting to the puzzle, and now it's 10:15...past my bedtime.
Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.