Adam Perl's Tuesday puzzle was a real gem. I caught on to the theme rather quickly, but I wasn't sure how he was going to wrap it up.
The three theme answers span the grid horizontally. In-the-language phrases have ID removed...the new phrases are then cleverly clued.
17A: E.S.L. class, perhaps? (scene of an acc*ent).
36A: Seedy hangout across the Atlantic? (continental div*e)...the funniest of the bunch.
56A: Hip-hop critics? (rap* response team).
The theme is revealed at 52D: Reason to be barred from a bar...or the theme of this puzzle (no ID).
I'd love to know how Adam (or any constructor) comes up with an idea for a theme like this. To find three phrases that are originally 17 letters, each containing ID...then to be able to craft a pun to clue it...it just amazes me.
How many of you noticed that he managed to work his name into the puzzle...in the first and last across answers? 1A: "Fall" guy (Adam) and 65A: 1995 Physics Nobelist Martin L. __ (Perl). That's just too good.
Good connected cluing at 34A: With 44-Down, "Wuthering Heights" actress (Merle / Oberon). Here she is as Cathy, with Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff. I should add this to the list of classics I want to see.
Favorite clues in the puzzle:
5A: Three, it's said (crowd).
15A: Slot machine fruit (lemon). I really thought it should be cherry...the only fruit I could remember...but I couldn't make it fit.
47A: Makes verboten (bans).
61A: Get off one's behind (arise).
23D: Kid you might feel like smacking (brat).
25D: First name in scat (Ella).
54D: "Aquarius" musical (Hair).
Favorite answers include 16A: Enterprise alternative (Avis), 22A: Main line (aorta), 23A: Harris's __ Rabbit (Br'er), 29A: Save for a rainy day (salt away), 64A: Meal with readings (Seder), 7D: Actor Epps (Omar) and 10D: Puget Sound city (Tacoma).
Elaine and Jesse came over tonight with fresh rainbow trout...he wrapped them in foil and cooked them on the grill. Delicious! So I was late getting to the puzzle and blog, and now it's almost 11:00...and time to wrap it up.
Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.