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Sep 24, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011, Gareth Bain

Well DOUBLE STUF me ~!!

Theme: O - R - E - O

Words: 72

Blocks: 38

It's a Saturday Puzzle with a "theme" - Gareth Bain 'treats' me to a grid with three across clues relating to the unifier and ubiquitous crossword cookie -

50D. Food associated with the starts of 16-, 36- and 56-Across : OREO

and the theme 'creme' fills;

16. Common closer : TWIST-TIE

36. Superficial, uncaring effort : LICK AND A PROMISE

56. Carnival game in which a suit is worn : DUNK TANK

Twist, lick and dunk, like they do here

I did think the grid looked less intimidating than our usual Saturdays, but definitely a tad more difficult than a Friday level; and imagine my surprise when I got to the SW corner ~!

Thanks Gareth ~!

Onward ~!

ACROSS:

1. Aleutian island : ATTU - switched to DOWN, came back later

5. Upheaval : ADO

8. "Superbad" co-screenwriter Seth : ROGEN - didn't see it, no desire to either

13. In a bind? : CORSETED - like her, oh baby ~!

15. Prison break? : PAROLE - nailed it; there's only a "break" if you violate, and go back to prison

17. "Yea, verily" : IT IS SO

18. Rash : SPATE - as in a rash of car thefts

19. Calms : REPOSES - sounds soothing

20. Nuttiness : LUNACY

23. Folkie DiFranco : ANI

24. Training gear? : BRA - Ah

26. Art able to : CANST - Cute clue/answer

28. Troopers' gps. : PDs - I believe this is Police Departments; here on Long Island, we have PDs, but the Troopers are State Police, and only patrol the Interstate, the L.I.E., US 495

31. Goalpost component : CROSSBAR - Yes in football, no in hockey - totally separate piece of iron - at least in my goalie mind....

34. Its state fish is the chinook salmon : OREGON - I had _R_G__, so....

38. City known for wool : ANKARA - Tried Merino first

39. "Go ahead" : FEEL FREE

40. Tiny part of a hard drive : MEG - We're into Gigs and Teras now

41. Pulitzer-winning poet Conrad __ : AIKEN

43. Aged : OLD

44. Wee hrs. : AMs - Like the 4am I have to get up for again next week....oh well

46. Name meaning "gift of Isis" : ISADOR - Tried Osiris first; more here

49. Verdict readers : FOREMEN - Just watched "The Juror" yesterday

52. Brewery equipment : OASTS

55. Give holy orders to : ORDAIN - I thought this meant "inducted" into the church; I guess that's the sense of "orders" here.

59. Tease : NEEDLE

60. Informal essay : CAUSERIE - new word for me; from French, 'coh - zuh - REE'

61. Gifted one? : DONEE - we just had this Friday

62. Spot checker? : VET - Nailed it, but it is a "WAG" clue, too - as in Spot the dog, his tail, and his doctor the Veterinarian

63. Forming strands : ROPY

DOWN:

1. Spiel, e.g. : ACT

2. Helps to water-ski : TOWS - well, uh, kinda hard to do it without this, really

3. "See you next fall!" elicitor : TRIP - I know this quaint little phrase, but I was looking for the actual person who elicits, like EYER...

4. WWII battlecruiser in the Pacific : U.S.S. ALASKA - Pictured here

5. Where unison countdowns usually begin : AT TEN...nine!, eight!, seven!...

6. Agnus __ : DEI - Opus DEI, Susan DEY, break of DAY

7. Lofty lines : ODE - Poetic praise

8. With "The," 1960s series set in the North African desert during WWII : RAT PATROL

9. Hunter killed by Artemis, in some accounts : ORION - If I have a son, this will be his name. Metallica instrumental

10. TV drama narrated by a teen blogger : GOSSIP GIRL - I had GOS_ to start, and knew of the show, but never watched

11. If not : ELSE

12. Revivalists : NEOS - WAG

14. Words indicating betrayal : ET TU -, Brute? Caesar, from the island of ATTU (right?)

15. Trivial Pursuit symbol : PIE - eh, more like player piece, really

19. Rembrandt van __ : RYN

21. Phillips, e.g.: Abbr. : ACAD.emy - Andover

22. Wine orders : CARAFES

24. Tuna preserver : BRINE

25. Common Zen temple feature : ROCK GARDEN - funny, I missed the word "feature" the first time through - what the heck is a 'common Zen temple' ???

27. Nursing a grudge : SORE

29. Gave two tablets to, say : DOSED

30. "The Mikado" weapon, briefly : SNEE - a knife used as a sword, a little here

31. Smackeroo : CLAM - Double meaning; right in the mouth, the clam, the smackeroo; and the slang for a dollars - clams and smackeroos

32. Hall & Oates's first Top 10 hit : SARA SMILE - if you get the chance, watch the "Behind the Music" on this duo - very interesting. My favorite from them was " I can't go for that ", which got sampled under this tune, which is pretty good, too

33. __ B'rith : BNAI

35. "Howards End" author : E.M. FORSTER - I had to know more; the Wiki

37. Transportation secretary under Clinton : PE√ĎA - Federico

42. Cousin, for one : KIN

45. Gettysburg general : MEADE - and the winner, too

47. Sweet ring : DONUT