Monday, August 27, 2007

Tuesday 8-28-07

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"Tripling" by Alan Arbesfeld should probably be called "Triple Ing" cuz that's what each of the themed entries contain -- an ING followed by an ING followed by another ING.

And it looks something like this:

17A: Fred's frequent routine on the way to the set? (DRIVING IN GINGER) This was the last one of the themed entries I got -- mainly because the only Freds I could think of were Flintstone and Mertz, which is weird cuz I love Fred Astaire and Ginger Rigers movies. My favorite is "Flying Down to Rio."

27A: Suggestions for many '90s GOP fundraisers (BRING IN GINGRICH) Provided of course that Newt is not too busy hounding Bill Clinton about his affair with Monica Lewinsky while simultaneously committing adultery with a woman twenty-three years his junior. This was his second wife he was cheating on this time. He served his first wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital battling cancer. Just another example of Republican hubris and hypocrisy.

46A: Possible variety headline if an "American Beauty" actress agrees to a D.L. Coburn play? (BENING IN GIN GAME) Probably not for a few years however. The Gin Game is about two people in a nursing home playing rummy and Ms. Bening is only 49.

61A: Wagner opera performer's activity? (SINGING IN GERMAN) " Wagner's music is better than it sounds." Mark Twain.

Other entries of interest:

9A: Large piece of cabbage? (C SPOT) C Spot? that sounds more like another part of the female anatomy I'm unfamiliar with. It doesn't sound like money, that's a C-note. I thought it might just be me -- after all, "Driving in Ginger" sounded sexy to me too, so I did a Google image search for C-spot -- 10 pages of some very interesting stuff but no money. Am I missing something?

14A: Pop alternative, in two different ways (DADA) It took me a minute to figure this one out -- Dada as a pop art alternative and a baby-talk alternative to the word "pop".

6D: Mac and cheese lead-in (BIG) Nice little Tuesday misdirection. Thought we were going to have pasta, ended up with a fast-food burger.

7D: Mobile home? (CRIB) Another tricky clue. I was trying to think of a four-letter abbreviation for Alabama. CRIB is a much better answer.

30A: Close up on the silver screen (GLENN) Another great clue.

43D: Nags (VIRAGOS) There's a great old-fashioned word that you hardly ever hear.

That's all for today. Let's do it again on Wednesday.

(You can ignore that "Tomarry-Mortary" stuff; I was working on the Scrabble-grams.)


Linda G said...

This was easy enough to finish, but I wasn't able to parse the theme answers until I came here.

You hit on most of the best clues/answers. The only one you missed was 33D: Affirmed, e.g. (HORSE). I wanted something that ended in -ED for the longest time.

Norrin2 said...

And now you've done the Tuesday Sun on Monday! You were up to date, but now you're ahead of the game.

Austin said...

I read 27A as Bringing In Grich and didn't know what that meant. I liked your reading much better.

As for CSPOT, what gave me trouble is the fact that CSI is a CBS show, not a Fox show, so I was trying to think of another show that ended in -SI. Mistake on the part of constructor/editor?

Pete M said...

Hmmm... perhaps it's "cabbage" we need to be looking up??

Austin: True, CSI is on CBS, but it stars Jorja Fox. Tricky clue!!

Norrin2 said...

I've looked up cabbage and c-spot in the Urban Dictionary and several other places. If there's a connection I'm missing it.

Orange said...

I interpreted CSPOT as akin to the $100 bill, a "C-note," and the $10 bill, a "ten-spot," though it hasn't made the list of slang terms for $100 bills at Wikipedia, and it doesn't seem to be easily Googleable as such. Hmm.

Austin said...

Pete M:

Thanks for that. I guess that's what I get for not watching it and not knowing who Jorja Fox even is.