[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: "Honest, Professor, I studied very hard for this test"? (ALLEGED PREP).
- 25A: Visibly shaken king? (PALE REGAL).
- 37A: Rejection at McDonalds? (HAMBURGER SNUB).
- 64A: Error that just got bigger? (DILATED SLIPUP).
- 91A: What Red Riding Hood wisely didn't do? (GO WITH THE WOLF).
- 109A: Green poet? (OLIVE BARD).
- 112A: Effect of Pepe Le Pew battling a romantic rival? (DOUBLE STINK).
- 40D: Quick look across the moat? (CASTLE PEEK).
- 45D: Fowl injustice? (TURKEY TORT).
- 40A: Things used in semi circles? (CBS). I loved this clue. Do truckers still use CBs, or do they all talk on cell phones now?
- 43A: Bucky, in "Get Fuzzy" (PET CAT). "Get Fuzzy" is a comic strip that people tell me I should like, but I rarely find it funny. I'm more of a "Pearls Before Swine" fan. Here's a picture of my pet cat. I can never get her to look at the camera.
- 47A: Concludes (ENDS). Nope, I don't have anything to say about this entry, but I need to fill some space before I insert a picture for 48A. This blogging stuff is harder than it appears.
- 48A: Photographing giraffes, perhaps (ON SAFARI). Hey, looks like my cat is about to pounce on that giraffe.
- 79A: Harlem sch. (CCNY). Short for City College of New York. I tried SUNY and CSNY and some other combos before I got it.
- 81A: Princess born on Polis Massa (LEIA). I don't think this was covered in PuzzleGirl's hilarious "Star Wars" video yesterday.
- 95A: Betty Grable's were insured (LEGS). I remember watching MTV all day waiting for this video to come on. Kids have it easy today with their fancy YouTube!
- 4D: Tough test metaphor (A BEAR). "That test was a bear!"
- 34D: Novus ___ seclorum: Great Seal motto (ORDO). Check the back of a dollar bill. It's under that scary pyramid with the eye on top.
- 38D: Lick (BEAT).
- 51D: Chicago Sting org. (NASL). That'd be the North American Soccer League, which went under in 1984, so don't feel bad if you've never heard of it. The league had a team called the Washington Diplomats. That's even less intimidating than "Senators."
- 88D: "Overnight" surprise for some (STARDOM). This was an interesting clue. I had all kinds of weird ideas running through my head before I got the answer. My pet cat's overnight surprises usually involve a dead animal left on my bed
Crosswordese 101 Round-up:
- 107D: Tony's cousin (OBIE).