[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: Thursday meat (TURKEY WINGS AND DRUMSTIcks).
- 35A: Thursday veggie (MASHED POTATOES WITH GRAvy).
- 55A: Thursday condiment (HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCe).
- 77A: Thursday veggie (CANDIED YAMS WITH MARSHMallow).
- 91A: Thursday dessert (PUMPKIN PECAN PIE A LA MODe).
- 111A: This weekend's fridge contents, probably, and what's missing from five long puzzle answers? (THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS).
- 14A: Monkees' jacket type (NEHRU). I'm glad this referred to the musical Monkees and not actual monkeys. I hate to see monkeys wearing clothes. Well, the little organ grinder monkeys are kind of cute, but clothed chimpanzees creep me out. "Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp" gave me nightmares.
- 28A: Net weight factors (TARES). One of those crossword words you just have to memorize. Please see this delightful Crosswordese 101 entry: TARE.
- 67A: Secretary of state under Reagan (SHULTZ). That would be George Shultz. Also Secretary of the Treasury under Nixon. He's been around forever. And he's certainly not my favorite S(c)hultz.
- 106A: More's allegorical island (UTOPIA). The titular island in "Utopia" by Sir Thomas More. The full title of the book is "Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia" or "A Truly Golden Little Book, No Less Beneficial Than Entertaining, of the Best State of a Republic, and of the New Island Utopia." Now that's catchy.
- 10D: In order that (SOASTO). One of those entries that looks bizarre in the grid until you realize it's "so as to."
- 12D: Sly Foxx (REDD). I used to watch "Sanford and Son" all the time with my grandfather. He loved Redd Foxx and had quite a few of his LPs, but I was never allowed to listen to them. Then I heard a few of his routines when I was older. Some of the dirtiest, funniest stuff you'll ever hear.
- 16D: "__ Hers": 1994 Pulp album (HISN). Pulp is a band? My knowledge of '90s popular music is pretty much nonexistent.
- 36D: Certain Dwarf's periodic outburst (ACHOO). I love this Sneezy clue for ACHOO.
- 42D: The sun, e.g. (G STAR). Apparently stars are classified using the letters O, B, A, F, G, K and M. And G stars are "yellow." OK, unless you're an astrophysicist, my advice is to write STAR in the grid and wait for the crossing answer to give you the first letter.
- 57D: Like Steven Wright's humor (DRY). Classic.
- 68D: Narrowly defined verse (HAIKU). My all-time favorite crossword clue for HAIKU was written by Bob Klahn: "A poem like this / Of 17 syllables / Split 5-7-5."
- 108D: Ale brewer Slosberg (PETE). This guy's the Pete behind Pete's Wicked Ale.
Crosswordese 101 Round-up:
- 8D: Flamboyant Dame (EDNA). (Edna's been showing up a lot lately.)