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01.23 Sun

S U N D A Y (syndicated)
January 23, 2011
Gail Grabowski

[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.]

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Theme: "Get In" —Nine phrases with the word "GET" hidden inside of them.
Theme Entries:
  • 23A: Compelling read (PAGE TURNER).
  • 28A: Oberlin, e.g. (COLLEGE TOWN).
  • 43A: Spa fixture (MASSAGE TABLE).
  • 66A: Refinery sight (STORAGE TANK).
  • 90A: Landscaping tool (HEDGE TRIMMER).
  • 106A: Travel agency offering (PACKAGE TOUR).
  • 115A: Airport freebie (LUGGAGE TAG).
  • 31D: Site of some trash talk (GARBAGE TRUCK).
  • 39D: Dairy Queen option (FUDGE TOPPING).
Hey, everybody. Doug here with you again on a Sunday. I need to catch up on some non-crossword work this weekend (ugh!), so today's write-up is going to be short and sweet. I hope none of the fonts/colors look weird. I'm still learning how to use the new & improved super-snazzy blog.

Simple theme with nine solid, in-the-language theme entries. Too bad the clue for 28A wasn't Iowa City, home of the Hawkeyes. Moving right along...

  • 36A: "But ___ a man in Reno": Johnny Cash lyric (I SHOT). "... just to watch him die." That's hardcore.
    • 48A: Colt 45 brewer (PABST). Lots of colts in the puzzle today.
    • 57A: Top in the 'hood (DO-RAG). It's a rag that protects your phat do, homie. I love when crosswords go into the 'hood.
    • 75A: Former Colt .45 (ASTRO). The Houston Astros were called the Houston Colt .45s during their first three years (1962-64). In 1965, they moved into the Astrodome and changed their name accordingly. Then in 2000, they started playing in Enron Field. D'oh! That name didn't last long.
    • 106A: Travel agency offering (PACKAGE TOUR). Do travel agencies still exist? If so, they're probably all in strip malls next to video stores and places that develop your film.
    • 115A: Airport freebie (LUGGAGE TAG). I was going to make a TSA groping joke, but I better just go to the next bullet.
    • 6D: Colt carrier (MARE). Another colt, and this time it's actually a horse.
    • 36D: Fertility goddess (ISIS). If you're around my age, you might have watched the Shazam/Isis Hour as a kid. I watched a few clips on YouTube recently, and it's about six-hundred times worse than I remembered. But Isis is gorgeous, so it wasn't all bad.
    • 46D: ___ Lee Bunton, a.k.a. Baby Spice (EMMA). I swear I'm not a Spice Girls fan, but I knew this one immediately. Weird.
    • 70D: Manhattan sch. (KSU). That'd be Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. There's also a Manhattan in Montana, population 1,396.
    • 97D: Parts of Alaska's Denali Highway are built on them (ESKERS). Esker is an old-school crosswordese word, usually clued as a "glacial ridge."
    • 116D: Diamond putout (TAG). Oops. This one crosses LUGGAGE TAG at the T.
      Crosswordese 101 Round-up:
      • 20A: U.S. Open stadium (ASHE).
      • 30A: Ancient market (AGORA).
      • 51A: Santa ___ winds (ANA).
      • 89A: Mythical flier (ROC).
      • 2D: Menu catchphrase (ALA).
      • 56D: Año part (MES).

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