I finished Doug Peterson's Wednesday puzzle a half hour ago...but I just now caught on to the theme.
Although it was revealed at 71A: Football linemen, for short, caught in 17-, 28-, 47- and 63-Across? (RTs). I'm getting to know names of teams, and some well-known players...but this one escapes me. Why are football linemen called RTs?
Whatever...the four theme answers are in-the-language phrases that have the addition of RT somewhere in the answer. The new words are then cleverly clued. I tried to find RTS in the answers...so I didn't catch on to the theme for a while.
The theme answers are:
17A: Singles bar habitué (FREQUENT FLIRTER).
28A: Do some barhopping? (PARTY AS YOU GO).
47A: Dirndls? (ALPINE SKIRTS). This was the first theme answer I got, and it had RTS...so that added to my confusion.
63A: "Wild and crazy guy" on the old "S.N.L."? (MARTIN CHARACTER). I haven't thought of those two in years.
Lots of fresh fill in this one...before I get to that, though, there's one answer that threw me. 66A: Put up with (brook). I have never heard that definition of the word and thought I might have something wrong...but a 41A: Quick peek (glimpse) at water and waves confirmed that it's correct. I wonder if I'm the only one out there who was clueless on that one.
Favorite answers and/or clues:
4A: Polo name (Marco). That sure brings back memories of summers spent at the pool.
16A: Physics Nobelist Wolfgang (Pauli).
25A: H (eta)...much better clue than the usual Estimated Time of Arrival.
34A: Bogart role (Queeg).
39A: Stooped shoulders, e.g. (posture).
44A: Ryan with 5,714 strikeouts (Nolan). I know very little about baseball, but I do know Nolan Ryan...not personally.
55A: Lye, e.g. (alkali).
1D: The "Judy" of Punch and Judy (wife).
3D: This answer intersects it (one across)...probably my favorite clue/answer.
24D: Vicks brand (NyQuil). NyQuil gives me strange dreams...like seeing this guy on the beach. I rest better if I don't take it.
29D: Baseball's Felipe or Moises (Alou). This has appeared enough times...and it's about time I remembered it.
32D: "A Life for the Tsar" composer (Glinka).
40D: Death personified, in ancient Greece (Thanatos).
45D: For the heck of it (on a whim).
50D: Feet in a meter (iambs).
51D: St. __ of Assisi (Clare)...Francis is better known.
52D: Goodyear's home (Akron). I hope reader/fellow blogger Wendy finds this clue more acceptable than the one that appeared the last time.
58D: Eric of "Munich" (Bana)...just because I like him.
The weather has turned rainy and a bit cooler...just two days after packing away my winter clothes. That means I have no choice but to wear capris and open-toed shoes. That's not a problem for me, but I'm sure I'll hear about it from some of my co-workers.
That's it for this one. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.