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And now...on to today's puzzle, Typewriter Trivia, by Dominick Talvacchio. I've been typing for forty years and have never noticed anything like the four theme clues/answers:
20A: Disposition to credulity (and the longest common word that alternates typing hands) [antiskepticism]. I just had to delete it and type it again, just to make sure that the clue was accurate. It was.25A: Violet variety (and the longest common word that uses just the right typing hand) [johnny jump-up]. I paid attention the first time around.
42A: Seesaw (and the longest common word that uses just the top typewriter row) [teeter totter].
48A: Knitted farments for women (and the longest common word that uses just the left typing hand) [sweaterdress]. One of my goals in life was to be able to wear a sweaterdress and look good in it. The only time in my life that I was thin enough to pull it off, they weren't in style...not available anywhere. Oh, well. It was a stupid goal...not important in the grand scheme.
One connected clue in the puzzle, and I got it before I even looked at the grid. 15A: With 56-Across, language course final, often (oral/exam).
Some interesting Y-endings. 37A: Full of moxie (gutsy). I love both of those words. And it shares its Y with 22D: Two sheets to the wind? (tipsy). We also have 5D: Cozily warm (toasty), not a word I can get excited about these days. We've been around 100, occasionally getting up to 103, so...not so appealing as it would be in the winter, say.
28D: Day trip, say (jaunt). We took one yesterday, driving 90 miles to Glenwood Springs just to have lunch and do some shopping. There's a really nice hot springs pool there, but we decided to pass on it. Good thing...it was packed. But we had a nice lunch at our favorite brew pub. We didn't get tipsy, though.
Clever clue, albeit somewhat morbid, at 4D: Life or death, e.g. (sentence). I did a double-take at 40A: One who might thank a rubber. I know the Sun is a little more on the edge than the New York Times, but really! Shows where my mind is...the answer (genie) is quite benign!
29D: De-knot (untie) reminds me of the funny t-shirt..."Bad spellers of the world untie."
When I looked over the finished grid, the funniest-looking answer was 46D: Inherently (per se). I saw it as perse and refused to look at the clue until I could figure it out on my own.
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