Theme: Easy Anagram - So easy, it's a snap ... or an anagram of it.
17A. Bakery cookware : MUFFIN PANS
28A. Quiet times for baby ... and mom : AFTERNOON NAPS
44A. Ability to focus : ATTENTION SPAN
58A. Crisp cookie : GINGER SNAP
El Gray here. Allan has been MIA the past year but is back with a nice Tuesday offering. I did have some difficulty but I think that was just me. Discovering the last word in the themes is an anagram didn't happen until the whole thing was done. No problem.
1. Woo : COURT
6. Goldfish or koi : CARP
10. Peak : ACME. and 10D. Very top : APEX
14. Sleep malady : APNEA
15. 1847 Melville work : OMOO
16. Sound repeated before "fizz fizz," in ads : PLOP
19. Coin on the Continent : EURO
20. Non-revenue-generating TV ad : PSA. Public Service Announcement (PSA)
21. Quite befuddled : LOST
22. Southwestern cuisine : TEX MEX
24. Water pitcher part : SPOUT
26. Bro's sib : SIS
27. Work at : PLY. As in PLY one's trade.
32. Orchestra section : REEDS
33. Period of watchful attention : VIGIL
34. Mimic with wings : MYNA. "And I can dance, too!"
35. Steals the bank blueprints for, e.g. : ABETS
37. Haunted house outbursts : EEKS
41. Not even once : NEVER
43. Chair maker Charles : EAMES. Charles Eames was greatly influenced by the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen (whose son Eero, also an architect, would become a partner and friend). Charles married "Ray" Kaiser and together they continued their work in architecture and modern furniture design.
47. Photo taker : CAMera
49. Gallery work : ART
50. Sacred song : MOTET. The name comes either from the Latin movere, ("to move") or a Latinized version of Old French mot, "word" or "verbal utterance." The Medieval Latin for "motet" is motectum, and the Italian mottetto was also used. If the word is from Latin, the name describes the movement of the different voices against one another. (Per Wikipedia)
motet - "choral composition on a sacred text," late 14c., from O.Fr. motet (13c.), dim. of mot "word," from L. mutum "grunt, murmur." (per Online Etymology Dictionary)
51. Sister of Magda and Eva : ZSA ZSA. The Gabor sisters. Photo: Zsa Zsa Gabor, left, with her sisters Magda, center, and Eva, on Dec. 20, 1955.
53. Medium, e.g. : SIZE
54. Singer Sumac : YMA. We haven't "heard" from her lately.
57. Complexion concern : ACNE
61. Fishing gear : RODS
62. Cole Porter's "Well, Did You __?" : EVAH. Clip(3:33)
63. To-be, in politics : ELECT. Usually stuck on the end of the position, as in Senator-elect.
64. ER "Immediately!" : "STAT!"
65. USAF NCO : SSGT. Staff Sergeant E-5.
66. Lavishes affection (on) : DOTES
1. Temporary shelter : CAMP
2. Numbered musical piece : OPUS. Are his days numbered?
3. Remove, as a seatbelt : UNFASTEN
4. Gridiron official : REF
5. Some sewers : TAILORS. They may be alterers, too.
6. Admits guilt for, as a lesser charge : COPS TO
7. Latin I verb : AMAT. The big three: amo, amas, amat.
8. Jaworski of "Monday Night Football" : RON. "The Polish Rifle" was raised in the steel town of Lackawanna, New York.(near Buffalo) He quarterbacked for Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and Kansas City Chiefs.
9. Bulletin board items : POSTINGS
11. Small groups, as of bushes : CLUMPS
12. Edible mushroom : MOREL
13. Strong adhesive : EPOXY
18. Bill or gates, e.g. : NOUN
23. Morales of "La Bamba" : ESAI. We may be seeing more of him. According to IMDb, he has roles in production, one in pre-production, and one in post-production.
25. Nit-picking type : PEDANT. Hmmm? Who do we know ....
26. Irritated state : SNIT. Those hairsplitters are alright unless they get in a SNIT.
28. Kind of wrestling done while sitting : ARM
29. Seven-time Emmy winner Tina : FEY. She is great!
30. Not concealed : OVERT
31. Bring contentment to : PLEASE
35. Sports section decimals : AVERAGEs. Interesting clue.
36. Hunched (over) : BENT
38. Uncontested, as a late-game hockey goal : EMPTY NET. Perhaps Splynter can tell us when this tactic makes sense.
39. Mauna __ : KEA. is a volcano on the island of Hawaii and neighbor of Mauna Loa volcano.
40. Job application ID : SSN
42. JFK guesstimates : ETAs
43. Walked into : ENTERED
44. Actress Bearse or Plummer : AMANDA. Bearse was Marcy on "Married with Children". Plummer was "Honey Bunny" in Pulp Fiction.
45. "Consider me a maybe" : "I MIGHT"
46. Flow slowly : OOZE
47. Industry leaders : CZARS
48. Dandy's neckwear : ASCOT
52. Pep : ZEST
53. Unexpected complication : SNAG
55. Mugging defense : MACE
56. Bldg. units : APTs
59. ER hookups : IVs
60. __-pitch softball : SLO
Notes from C.C.:
1) Happy Birthday to Bill G, who always brightens my day with his fun links and cheerful comments.
2) Happy Birthday also to Barry G's little boy Joshua, who turns 7 years old today. Hope you're getting better and enjoyed your Pizza Party last weekend.