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Madison Avenue Skool of Spelling features misspellings from commercials and advertisements. God knows there are plenty to choose from in a country that spells relief R-O-L-A-I-D-S and cheese K-R-A-F-T. Robert E. Lee Morris wisely chooses to limit his entries to misspellings of words that rhyme with fright, i.e.
17A: Toothpaste brand (ULTRABRITE)
30A: Golf ball brand (TOPFLITE)
42A: Soda brand (DIETRITE)
55A: Beer brand (MILLERLITE)
Which means he left out:
And my favorite:
and probably a bunch more
Other entries of note:
10A: "Anatomy of a Murder" director Preminger (OTTO) And in addition to "Anatomy" he also directed "The Man With the Golden Arm" "Laura" and "Advise and Consent" but to those of us of a certain age and a certain mindset he will always be remembered as one of the three actors who played Mr. Freeze on the 1960's Batman television show.
14A: Last word of "Humpty Dumpty" (AGAIN) I really need to come up with a word for this type of clue, where the answer is something you know you know, but you have to mentally sing most of a song or recite most of a poem before you can get it. I think I'll call it a Humpty-Dumpty from now on.
You know a lot depends on where 2-word answers break or are hyphenated. 22A: He played Mingo on "Daniel Boone" (EDAMES) must have been one I got from the down entries because i don't remember the clue, and when I looked over the puzzle after finishing it, I thought for a second this must be a new E-word (like E-tail and E-commerce, etc.) -- E-Dames would be women you meet on the internet, I guess. (Ed Ames makes more sense.)
A couple of old friends pop in to say hello on this Monday. Our favorite accused-of-spying-but-innocent 3D: ____ Hari (MATA) (an e-dame if there ever was one) and everybody's favorite comic strip MD REX Morgan makes an appearance at 22A. Here's something you may not know about the good doctor:
Morgan has enjoyed reasonable success as a comic strip, but hasn't ventured far from the newspaper page. It was never adapted into a movie or TV show, and in its only comic book reprint (published by Harvey Comics in 1952) the title was subordinated to the far more compelling Teen-age Dope Slaves. (from the invaluable Don Markstein's Toonopedia.)
25D: Tref sandwich, for short (BLT) Not hard to figure out a three-letter sandwich, but I don't know what tref means and after five minutes of Googling I still don't. Any help would be appreciated.
38D: Pilots make them go up (GASBILLS) This one made me laugh. I especially appreciated the absence of a question mark in the clue.