Theme: "Physical Therapy Session"— All the theme answers are two-word phrases with the initials P.T.
[Note: This is the syndicated L.A. Times puzzle. It does not appear in the actual newspaper, but is available for free at cruciverb.com.]
- 23A: It begins with H (PERIODIC TABLE).
- 29A: Place to take a date? (PALM TREE).
- 35A: Worker with a fork (PIANO TUNER).
- 46A: Wood shop item (POWER TOOL).
- 57A: One may be used in child support (PATERNITY TEST).
- 69A: You can't put it down (PAGE TURNER).
- 75A: All-bark, no-bite type (PAPER TIGER).
- 83A: Windshield downer (PARKING TICKET).
- 97A: History feature (PAST TENSE)
- 106A: Intimate exchange (PILLOW TALK).
- 115A: Number that may be shocking (PRICE TAG).
- 126A: Endurance level of a sort (PAIN THRESHOLD).
- 23A: It begins with H (PERIODIC TABLE). I really liked this clue. I had no idea where it was going. Lots and lots of phrases start with H, right? Very clever. In case you're still in the dark, the first element in the periodic table is Hydrogen (H). My favorite periodic table is the Periodic Table of Comic Books.
- 50A: Chopin's Opus 10 works (ETUDES). For some reason, I read this clue as a complete sentence. "Chopin's Opus 10 works." "Works for what? Huh?"
- 103A: The toe of an Asian "boot" (OMAN). Hmmm, I didn't know Asia had a boot too. OK, I guess the Arabian Peninsula could be considered a boot. Italy's boot is definitely more stylish. Arabia looks like one of those Ugg boots.
- 125A: 1881 Pasteur vaccine target (ANTHRAX). An easier clue (for me) would have referenced the thrash metal band Anthrax. They were one of the "Big Four" thrash bands of the '80s, along with Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer. I was going to include an Anthrax video here, but I think I've already exceeded the allowed level of Anthrax content for this blog.
- 131A: Discordant to many an ear (ATONAL). Yep, this clue would also work for ANTHRAX.
- 69D: Dorm wall art (PINUP). Feels like an anachronistic clue. I think of pin-ups as more of a WWII era thing. Betty Grable, Lana Turner, etc. On a side note, I just found out that Judge Wapner of "People's Court" fame dated Lana Turner when they were both students at Hollywood High.
- 99D: Critter on Australia's coat of arms (EMU). Three-letter word with "critter" and "Australia" in the clue? It's got to be ROO or EMU. Whaddya know, they're both on the coat of arms! The koalas and dingos must be ticked off.
- 109D: "Black bird" pursuer of fiction (SPADE). The "black bird" in question is the Maltese Falcon, and it's pursued by Sam Spade. One of my favorite books and movies. "The stuff that dreams are made of."
- 117D: Pop ___, Chok'lit Shoppe owner in "Archie" comics (TATE). This one was a gimme for me. I read a lot of "Archie" comics when I was a kid. It's hard for me to believe that they're still being published, but they're out there. I see "Archie" digests at the grocery store all the time. Do kids today read "Archie" comics? I hope there are at least a few young comic book geeks out there.
Have a great Sunday!
Crosswordese 101 Round-up:
- 28A: Hip-hop doc (DRE).
- 32A: Skipper's direction (ALEE).
- 44A: Looked for lampreys (EELED).
- 56A: NY tech. school since 1824 (RPI).
- 90A: Actress Thurman (UMA).
- 91A: Island at the edge of the Bering Sea (ATTU).
- 12D: Capital of Poland? (PEE).
- 51D: While lead-in (ERST).
- 59D: Daly of "Judging Amy" (TYNE).
- 72D: "Bambi" doe (ENA).
- 116D: Eagle by the shore (ERNE).