Linda G here again for the vacationing Green Genius. The Tuesday puzzle, by Tony Orbach, was a bit on the tough side. I love themes, but I do better with real words...and we didn't have those for the theme answers.
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The theme was Tabloid Twosomes, and some of them were doozies.
It's quite possible that I have some wrong answers in the grid. If that's the case, please feel free to correct me in the comments section. I don't know of any way to check my answers, so I'm counting on readers to let me know.
One more diversion. Every time I see Peter Gordon's email address, I start to giggle. For some reason, I read it (in my mind) as puzz-leed-itor, with the accent on the second syllable. I've always wanted to tell somebody that.
So...here are the theme answers I came up with.
4D: Jen & Ben, or a small candy imperfection? (Pezfleck). This is the one I'm least sure of.
12D: Joan & Douglas, or where birds go to donate throat pouches? (Crawbanks).
21D: Alec & Kim, or a way to describe Moby or Seal? (Baldsinger).
38D: Susan & Tim, or wrap containers? (Saranbins).
46D: Jessica & Hume, or a beach buddy? (Tancrony).
I'm always happy to see some of my favorites in a puzzle. 49A: TV series set on the Ponderosa (Bonanza). If you've read my blog, you know that I was a big Bonanza fan, and I loved Lorne Greene and Michael Landon.
58D: "Hotel Rwanda" costar (Nolte). I love everything about Nick Nolte, but I didn't remember that he was in Hotel Rwanda. That was so intense...I'm not surprised I don't remember details.
I absolutely loved 57A: Abbr. on Manhattan mail (NYNY). Great answer.
25A: Two-syllable foot is a great clue for iamb, which sits atop 30A: Brand found at Petco (Iams).
Another excellent clue at 47A: Woof's counterpart (warp). I wonder how many of you had bark? For those who don't know, warp and woof are terms used in weaving.
72A: Agreeing spouse's words (yes, dear) made me laugh. It's been a joke in our house for almost 30 years. It would take too long to explain it, and it probably wouldn't be funny to anyone else. But it was funny to see it in the puzzle.
I liked the clue for 62D: Flower in a pocketful (posy). It opened up the whole southwest corner. In case you don't remember, it's from Ring Around the Rosie.
I've enjoyed the opportunity to be a Genius. Thanks, Robert, for letting me fill in. Tomorrow's guest blogger is the King of CrossWorld himself, Rex Parker. You won't want to miss it!