Theme: "Big Appetite" - The last words (all animals) are replaced by the bigger animals in the successive theme entries.
22A. Practice good web courtesy? : NOT HURT A SPIDER. Not hurt a fly (back to the reveal theme entry). Like the Jains. Fun clue. Made me think of Internet.
30A. Description of the start of some Road Runner cartoons? : ALONG CAME A BIRD. Along Came a Spider.
53A. Nibbles on Friskies? : EATS LIKE A CAT. Eats like a bird.
61A. Warning for a snoopy Snoopy? : CURIOSITY KILLED THE DOG. Grid spanner. Curiosity killed the cat.
73A. Treatment for a milk hangover? : HAIR OF THE COW. Hair of the dog.
95A. Line that might not calm down Richard III? : DON'T HAVE A HORSE. Don't have a cow. "My kingdom for a horse".
107A. Song that inspired this puzzle : I KNOW AN OLD LADY. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,
C.C. here. Alas, I have no memory of this song, despite a Jeffrey puzzle a few years ago.
Asked Boomer. He started to sing "... I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die...". Then I checked the Wiki page and understood the rationale of Cheri and Victor's approach. Quite neat. Orderly increase of animal size.
You all know Victor Barocas, the very talented and self-effacing crossword constructor and editor of our local Minnesota Crossword Tournament.
|Victor Barocas, David Liben-Nowell & Michael David|
The 7 theme entries are all fairly long. Total 101 theme squares. Heavy themage. Cheri and Victor still managed to put two great 11's and five 9's in the Down slots.
1. Plymouth Reliant, e.g. : K-CAR
5. Spanish cathedral city : LEON. Here is the cathedral.
9. Yawner : DRAG
13. Flakes in geology class : MICA
17. Language that gave us "bard" : ERSE
18. Magazine founder Eric : UTNE. Our local Barnes & Noble carries Uten Reader. But no LA Times.
19. Graceful leap : JETE. Clue echo with 36. Graceful leap : AXEL
20. Wasn't plumb : LEANED. I read it as "Wasn't plump".
25. With merchandise, say, as payments : IN KIND
26. Snack cake that can be deep-fried : TWINKIE. I meant to ask. Have any of you had these Oreo pies before?
27. Author Morrison : TONI. Also 89. Mystery author Grafton : SUE
28. Bening of "The Kids Are All Right" : ANNETTE
29. Proof-ending abbr. : QED
33. Foot bone : TALUS
37. Clarifying words : AS IN. V as in Victor.
38. Non-discriminatory hiring abbr. : EOE
39. Et __ : ALII. Put in ALI? then wait.
40. Cruised through : ACED
41. Cool play area, maybe : RINK. Nice clue.
43. "Erie Canal" mule : SAL
45. Frequent mother-and-child painter : CASSATT (Mary)
47. Last verb in the Gettysburg Address : PERISH. "... shall not perish from the earth". Victor always digs deep for different clue angles.
49. Bar game : LIMBO
56. Supreme Roman : EMPEROR
58. Pamplona's kingdom : NAVARRE. Forgot. We had this a while ago.
59. '70s extremist gp. : SLA. Symbionese Liberation Army.
60. Boast opener : VENI. "veni, vidi, vici"
68. Scads : A TON
69. Chilean pronoun : ESO
70. Cellphone setting : VIBRATE
71. Rock band member : BASSIST
78. 1921 Valentino role : SHEIK
79. Breastbones : STERNA. I learned this word from an Alan Cumming/Fresh Air interview.
81. Not let go of : BELABOR
83. __ Moines : DES
85. Jackie's designer : OLEG (Cassini)
86. Tobacco plug : CHAW
88. Record, in a way : TIVO
91. Distinctive flavor : TANG. Also the last major Chinese dynasty with capital in my hometown Xi'an. Zhou, Qin, Han & Tang. That's how I got my Mandarin name.
93. Like details you'd rather be spared : GORY
94. In the stars : FATED
99. Tool for Cinderella : MOP
100. Remove from the box : UNCRATE
101. The __: Horace works : ODES
102. Small detail : MINUTIA
106. 1958 hit that won the first Song of the Year Grammy : VOLARE. Learning moment for me. Wiki says it's Italian for "To fly".
110. Puts up : ERECTS
111. Level : TIER
112. Humor that evokes winces : CORN
113. Myrtle or hazel : TREE
114. Thing to do : TASK
115. Postulates : SAYS
116. Joint for jumping : KNEE. Another nice clue.
117. Large septet : SEAS
1. Surrey neighbor : KENT
2. Fox's fabled flattery victim : CROW
3. Italian sparkler : ASTI
4. Burger successor : REHNQUIST. The Chief Justice when I first came here.
5. Shocking : LURID
6. Kitchen extension? : ETTE. Kitchenette. Also 55. Trick ending? : ERY. Trickery.
7. Bump-log link : ON A
8. Snugly situated : NESTLED
9. Muslim spirit : DJINN. Also JINNI.
10. Make anew, as a trench : RE-DIG
11. Downed : ATE
12. Lang. of Luther : GER
13. Pretend : MAKE BELIEVE.Also 64. Advantage : INSIDE TRACK. Sparkly 11s.
14. Ab __: from the start : INITIO
15. Middle of England? : CENTRE. Normally a clue for ELL.
16. Threw in : ADDED
20. Housekeeping concern : LINENS
21. Sicilian province or its capital : ENNA
23. Maui music makers : UKEs
24. Combine : POOL
28. Port-au-Prince pal : AMI
30. Pink-slip : AXE
31. "That's enough!" : CAN IT
32. Poses : ASKS
33. Middle X, in a game : TAC
34. Roman wings : ALAE. Learned from doing crosswords.
35. Hall of Fame WNBA star __ Leslie : LISA Incredible career.
36. Ones seeking change : ACTIVISTS
40. Books with legends : ATLASES
41. Warehouse job : RECEIVING
42. Savings plan letters : IRA
44. European peak : ALP
46. "This comes __ surprise" : AS NO
47. Leave in the garage : PARK
48. Kept down : HELD AT BAY. Great fill as well.
50. Sitcom with the episode "Stable for Three" : MR. ED. Mister Ed is the preferred spelling. Rich also prefers Doctor Who rather than DR WHO.
51. Lead singer on "The Joshua Tree" : BONO
52. Not a copy: Abbr. : ORIG
54. Green Hornet's driver : KATO
57. First book of the New Testament : MATTHEW
59. Feudal peasant : SERF
61. Pickup artists? : CABS. Not CONS. The driver can be the "Pickup artist". Not the car itself.
62. Bountiful locale : UTAH. Bountiful, Utah.
63. Left the ground : ROSE
65. Turkish coin : LIRA
66. Corp. raider's ploy : LBO. Leveraged Buyout.
67. Cad : HEEL
72. Devastating 2008 hurricane : IKE
73. Comic strip mother of Hamlet and Honi : HELGA. Hagar the Horrible.
74. "You __": Lionel Richie hit : ARE
75. Launches : CATAPULTS. Love this word.
76. Departure notice? : OBIT
77. Emulated Arachne : WOVE
80. Word with musical or muscle : TONE
82. Reel partner : ROD
84. With 92-Down, Monopoly prop. bordering the Electric Company : STATES. And 92. See 84-Down : AVE
86. Russian Civil War fighter : COSSACK
87. Maximilian I's realm: Abbr. : HRE
89. Chihuahua neighbor : SONORA
90. Ben and Sam : UNCLES
93. Gathered steam : GREW
94. Affectionate : FOND
95. Bed cover : DUVET. Not SHEET.
96. Playwright Moss : HART
97. Baklava sweetener : HONEY. I recall Baklava is favorite at the Spitzboov household. Best wishes for Betty's quick recovery! Relieved to hear the good news for your son too, Wilbur!
98. Glade targets : ODORS
99. "The Wrong Sort of Bees" author : MILNE
102. Seconds : MORE
103. Shipping deduction : TARE
104. Planning session input : IDEA
105. Positive words : AYEs
107. "__ Not Easy Being Green" : IT'S
108. Soul seller : KIA. Not FAUST. Great clue.
109. Nantes negative : NON