The prolific ringmaster of our site has hidden some lovely eggs for us on this Easter Sunday that combines her usual blend of a fun theme and clever cluing. XWordinfo gives it a high "Freshness Factor" which I certainly think it deserves.
C.C. has taken the names of famous people and added a word between their first and last name. The added word satisfies the silly clue when used after the first name and then serves as the first word of a common phrase when paired with the last name. Six of her entries were horizontal and two were vertical. Ya gotta love it!
23. Doris during a workout? : TRAINING DAY - America's sweetheart Doris Day in the gym or a 2001 American neo-noir crime thriller
29. Director Oliver working on pizza dough? : ROLLING STONE - Gainful employment for Oliver Stone at Pizza Hut or the free wheeling print or digital magazine that focuses on pop culture
59. Comical Samantha busy stitching? : QUILTING BEE - Dextrous work for comedian Samantha Bee or a product that might wind up in the Lincoln, NE International Quilt Study Center & Museum
78. Nicolas taking a swing? : BATTING CAGE - Nicholas Cage's turn at bat or where Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby might take some swings
106. Singer Al making a strike? : BOWLING GREEN - Al Green in the alleys or an Ohio university where the Falcons play
3. Sally having fun? : PLAYING FIELD - Sally Field with some Legos or where the Bowling Green Falcons play
65. Lucille on a trampoline? : BOUNCING BALL - The Lucy we all love doing back flips or each of these
Now let's see what C.C. has for us in our logophilic Easter Basket
1. Quaker in the wind : ASPEN - Populus Tremuloides. First cousin of the cottonwood, Nebraska's state tree - Populus Deltoides
6. Little bite : TASTE
11. "House" actor Omar : EPPS
15. Full house, e.g. : HAND - Fourth best hand
19. Pond flower : CALLA - Lily
20. Navel type : OUTIE
21. Selectively remove : CULL
22. Butterlike topping : OLEO - Remember, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature"?
25. Maker of Regenerist skin care products : OLAY
26. 'Vette roof option : T-TOP
27. Claims : SAYS
28. Greenwich Village sch. : NYU
32. Cymbals with a pedal : HI-HAT - Hey you've only got two sticks
34. Tire for emergencies : SPARE
36. Perfect Sleepers, e.g. : SERTAS
37. Yoga class greeting : NAMASTE
39. Place for a bud? : EAR
41. Deepest, as feelings : INMOST - or INNER MOST
44. Tiny bit : FIG - Bing sang, "If you don't care a feather or a FIG, You may grow up to be a pig!"
46. Many a pizza slice : OCTANT - Oliver, don't cut that pizza into 8 pieces, my family can only eat 6.
48. Subj. for Janet Yellen : ECON(omy)- The Dismal Science
51. Diaper cream additive : ALOE - Also Zinc Oxide and Vitamin E
54. Quisling's crime : TREASON - Vidkun lectured about "The Jewish Problem In Norway" and sent Hitler a 50th birthday card
57. 1688 coffeehouse founder Edward better known in the insurance world : LLOYD - Lloyd's of London famously insured Betty Grable's legs for $1M. Dolly Parton got a $4M policy there on her, uh, best features as well.
58. Cause of some lines : AGING
61. Look for : SEEK
62. Masterful move : COUP
64. Ski resort sight : GONDOLA
65. Avoid, as an issue : BEG - After three years of emceeing the all-school reunion, I BEGGED off for another encore
68. Some battered rings : CALAMARI - Calamari seems to be a little chewy for me
70. Mumbai mister : SRI - Ravi gets two SRI's
71. Baker's gluten-free choice : OAT FLOUR
73. JFK : New York :: __ : Chicago : ORD - ORcharD field in Chicago retained its 3-letter designation even when it was renamed for WWII hero Navy pilot Edward O'Hare
74. Singer Laine : FRANKIE - Jezebel is his most requested song on iTunes. I'd pick Rawhide or High Noon
76. Troubles : ILLS
77. Lara's love : YURI - Dr. YURI Zhivago
80. Big 112-Down : FINAL 112. See 80-Across : TEST
81. Painter of dancers : DEGAS
84. Lacking variety : ONE NOTE - Regardless of the party, they can sing that ONE NOTE forever
85. Silkscreen aid : STENCIL - You can get some to help carve your pumpkins too
87. Computer with a Magic Keyboard : IMAC
88. Disc golf obstacle : TREE and 96. One of 18 on a disc golf course : TEE PAD - This looks like a "hole in one" from the TEE PAD to me.
89. Dürer, e.g. : ETCHER
91. They, in Cognac : ILS and 99. French sponge cake : GATEAU - ILS ont servi de GATEAU éponge (They served sponge cake)
92. One typing a's and z's : PINKIE - Wonderful clue
94. Used a bench, say : SAT
97. Certain triathlete : IRONMAN - Don't look for me in these pix!
102. Linguine sauce : PESTO - Sauce that originated in Genoa, Italy
104. Squalid : DINGY
109. Spanish pronoun : ESO - Hit song ESO Besso (That Kiss) by 53. Ottawa-born songwriter Paul : ANKA - We had the entire title last week
111. Provide a bank floor plan for, say : ABET which will make you run 120. Clashing with, with "of" : AFOUL of the law
113. Eurasian border river : URAL
114. Alpha __ : MALE
118. Inconsequential : MERE
119. Exiled Roman poet : OVID - OVID was banned and Jesus was born during the time of Augustus Caesar
121. Sheds : MOLTS
122. Florist's creation : POSY
123. State of disarray : MESS
124. "Spider-Man" actress : DUNST - How 'bout a wet kiss, Spidey?
125. Shoelace protector : AGLET - Like zarf, rowel, etc.
1. Accomplishments : ACTS
2. 2002 skating gold medalist Hughes : SARAH
4. Cuthbert of "24" : ELISHA
5. Editor Talese with her own Doubleday imprint : NAN - A triple play - three unknown names in a row for me
6. Stylish : TONY
7. Amen Corner golf course, familiarly : AUGUSTA - Of those three holes, the 12th is my favorite and the signature hole of the course
8. Benchmark: Abbr. : STD
9. Pageant sparkler : TIARA
10. Pooh's mopey pal : EEYORE
11. "Silent Spring" subj. : ECOL
12. Canines with corded coats : PULIS - Only the tongue tells me which end is which
13. Flier : PLANE - Many fly into and out of ORD
14. Con man's expression : SLY GRIN
15. Spicy steamed Mexican food : HOT TAMALE
16. "He Was Despised," in Handel's "Messiah" : ALTO SOLO - An Air not a Chorus
18. Suss (out) : DOPE
24. In one piece : INTACT - Otzi is an INTACT, 5,000 year old mummy found in the Otztal Alps in 1991
30. Grassy expanse : LEA
31. Amtrak stop: Abbr. : STN
33. "__ Schoolchildren": Tracy Kidder book : AMONG
35. Unreleased : PENT-UP - Should we all vent occasionally?
38. Google Maps lines: Abbr. : STS - Fords Theater was a brisk 8 minute walk from our Hotel via 10th ST
40. Varnish component : RESIN
42. Tofurky protein source : SOY
43. Newsman Koppel : TED - His show Nightline started as an update on the Iran Hostage crisis in November, 1979
44. Debacle : FIASCO
45. Engaged : IN GEAR
47. Hexa- halved : TRI
49. Express sympathy (with) : CONDOLE - I'm more familiar offering my CONDOLENCES
50. Needing to be saved? : ON GOAL - In the 1980 Miracle On Ice, the USSR got 39 shots ON GOAL and we only managed 16 but got one more in the net than the Soviets
55. "View of Toledo" painter : EL GRECO
56. Yours, in Cognac : ATOI
57. Romaine bit : LEAF
59. Tonic ingredient : QUININE - U.S. - kwai' nine U.K - kwi' neen
60. Layered lunches : BLTS
62. Golf course rental : CART - This is the golf cart of my dreams!
63. Soapbox user : ORATOR
66. Pass good in 28 countries : EURAIL
67. Tailgating fixtures : GRILLS
69. Degs. for writers : MFAS - Sigourney Weaver got her MFA from Yale in 1974
70. Something flashed by a catcher : SIGN - Some catchers even wear nail polish so the sign can be easier to see
72. The Eagles' "__ Eyes" : LYIN'
75. Prayer supports : KNEES
76. Following remark? : I GET IT
78. Place for shady transactions : BACK ALLEY
79. Had Subway fare : ATE - Subway has 3,000 more shops than McDonalds
80. Physics Nobelist of 1938 : FERMI - Creator of the first nuclear reactor
81. Tango move : DIP
82. London's Virgin __ Records : EMI
83. Turf disputes : GANG WARS - The bane of many cities
85. "Billions" network, briefly : SHO
86. Muscle-bone connector : TENDON - One good and one ruptured
88. "16 and Pregnant" spin-off : TEEN MOM - An MTV production
90. King known for his wealth : CROESUS - Do you know the only two letters in his name that are not 1-point scrabble tiles?
93. "Lord, is __?": Matthew : IT I - Read from some pulpits this past week
95. Big primate : APE
98. Like sundials : ANALOG - A very high tech ANALOG sundial
100. __ nectar: sugar substitute : AGAVE - Other than used for tequila it's nectar is known as honey water
101. Wrinkly fruits : UGLIS
103. Major snag : SNAFU
105. Broadway matchmaker : YENTE - "For me, well, I wouldn't holler, If he were as handsome as anything"
106. Speed deterrent : BUMP
107. Sister brand of Nilla : OREO - Have we had OREO as fill before?
108. Wine list heading : REDS
110. Bank deposit : SILT
116. Scott Eastwood, to Clint : SON
117. "Today" alternative, for short : GMA
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