Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Themeless Thursday

I really enjoyed this puzzle from Frank Longo, but I am not feeling well -- not sure whether I've thrown my back out or messed my kidneys up, but I need to sit back in my recliner with some "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" DVD's. This post might be a little shorter than this puzzle deserves is what I'm trying to say.

Ever since Orange pointed out to me how often these themeless puzzles actually have mini-themes, I'm always on the lookout for one. The one today wasn't hard to spot. The mini-theme is Ecstatic Extremities. We've got 1A: Warm welcomes (GLAD HANDS) and 62A: 2006 film with an Elvis-like character named Memphis (HAPPY FEET).
Or maybe it's Hidden Tits since we've T-I-T in some form in 20A: Football Hall of Famer Y.A. (TITTLE) ; 13DE: Biggest cut, often (TITLE TRACK) 58A: Joint (BIPARTITE) ; 18A: Grammy winner Travis (TRITT); 36d: Where a trial takes place (TEST SITE) 10D: Web spaces? (ATTICS); 12D: Not much (A LITTLE BIT)

BTW, Travis Tritt is one of my least favorite country singers. All you need to know about him is that he considers himself an "outlaw" and he drinks Bud Light. Unfortunately, that tells you a lot about country music too. I was assigned to review his newest CD "The Storm" and he pissed me off again -- this time by putting out an album that wasn't bad enough to rip into or good enough to enjoy, just mediocre.

And Y.A. Tittle -- I'm sure he never got teased in school. Especially since the Y.A, stood for "Yelberton Abraham."

Other entries of interest:

6D: Baby boomers first seen in 1985 (ARLO AND JANIS) I hate it when I can't get something that's right in my wheelhouse. Arlo and Janis is a comic strip, not one of my favorites, but pretty funny sometimes and it shouldn't have given me such a hard time.

24D: Props for Sally Rand (FANS) This might actually fit in with our second mini-theme, although Sally kept them very well hidden. Everybody kept thinking they were going to see her naked; often they thought they had, but it was all an illusion.

38A: I-beam's cousin (H-BAR) Cousin? I don't think so. I think I've finally learne dth difference between an a I-beam and a T-bar, but an H-bar, that's just an I-beam on its side.

61A: Sneva lost to him in the 1978 Indy 500 (UNSER) You're ususally pretty safe going with UNSER if it's anything Indy.

22A: Like bachelors (EDUCATED) Not saying that married men are ignorant, these are bachelors of arts or sciences.

30A: Sound of recognition(AHH) I had AHA for the longest time, which really messed me up on 26D: B-picture quality, often (CHEESINESS)

Okay, that's it. Buffy and the recliner beckon. Be here Friday to see Patrick Blindauer has cooked up for us this time.

1 comment:

Orange said...

Mm-hmm, and I totally missed the minitheme this time around!