A little déjà vu as David is back again with an add a letter puzzle. This variation has the letter "F" added to the first word in a two word in the language phrase. We have five themers plus a reveal using 62 squares. This placed many restrictions on the grid, and there was little room for long sparkly fill. But there was quite a bit of humor in theme fill and cluing. FLAB COAT and FACTION FIGURE both tickled my Fancy and I did not feel ANTZY, or is it ANTSY?
Not feeling all that sparkly myself as the reality of Scott's passing hangs heavy. But as melissa said, the show must go on.
17A. Origami academy?: FOLD SCHOOL (10). A bit of foreshadowing. The owl and the humor.
23A. Exhaust from the carnival food tent?: FAIR POLLUTION (13).
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32A. Scary beach phenomenon?: FIN SIGHT (8).
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47A. Divisive politician?: FACTION FIGURE (13). No politics, no link.
59A. Boldness, and a hint to five long puzzle answers: EFFRONTERY (10). I like this reveal. with EFF (the word for the letter F) which is put on the front.
Okay, to work.
1. Like many superheroes: CAPED. And crusaders. I watched AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR last Friday. No spoilers but we enjoyed the 2 1/2 hours.
6. Paper items: NEWS. I struggled with this at first, trying to think of things made of paper especially after the Origami clue/fill.
10. Rock-blasting equipment: AMPS. I nailed this; all the years on the road paid off.
14. Kind of acid used in food flavoring: AMINO. You like reading, here is the LINK.
15. Dos x dos x dos: OCHO. Spanish multiplication.
16. Indian garb: SARI. This picture wraps up this garment.
19. Chimney liner: SOOT. How true, and deceptive.
20. Victorian, e.g.: ERA.
21. Erelong: SOON. Before long.
22. Physicist who left Italy in 1938 to protect his Jewish wife: FERMI. The "wife" was a remarkable woman in her own RIGHT.
27. Hand over: CEDE.
28. Small wake maker: OAR. Another simple, but cute clue/fill.
29. Cowboy, at times: ROPER. Mmm.
37. Pitcher with no arms: EWER. The old baseball misdirection. My grandmother had some Roseville.
38. Backbone: SPINE.
40. Forest grazers: DOES. A heteronym.
43. Growing things: FLORA.
44. Quotable boxer: ALI.
45. Story: TALE.
53. Filmmaker born Konigsberg: ALLEN. Better know as Woody. Based on the virulent hatred of this man, I am surprised he is still in puzzles.
54. Barbarian: OGRE.
55. Nickname derived from "Mortgage Association": MAE. FNMA. GNMA. SLMA. When my grandmother retired she had very little in savings and minimal Social Security. My father helped her put the money into GNMA stock which was paying 10% monthly dividend, it really helped her.
58. Glasses, in adspeak: SPEX. Not wrong, just meh.
62. Yonder thing: THAT.
63. Hawaiian island: MAUI.
64. She turned Odysseus' crew to swine: CIRCE. The inspiration for Game of Thrones?
65. Antoinette preposition: SANS. We had this "without" this week.
66. Highland hats: TAMS. This would fit in the hat puzzle.
67. Toys on strings: YOYOS. I go up and down on this toy.
1. Tea and cake purveyor: CAFE.
2. Deity with a bow: AMOR. The same number of letters as EROS.
3. Rice dish: PILAF. Stir in onion and cook until onion becomes translucent, then add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Mix in the rice and chicken broth. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed - 20 to 25 minutes.
4. Finish: END.
5. Set of related documents: DOSSIER. This is late 19th century: from French, denoting a bundle of papers with a label on the back, from dos ‘back,’ based on Latin dorsum. Various.
6. Optimism opposite: NO HOPE.
7. Prefix suggesting affordability: ECONO.
8. Journalist's question: WHO.
9. Fa-la link: SOL.
10. Factory equipment, e.g.: ASSET.
11. "The Piano" extra: MAORI.
12. Publicity video: PROMO.
13. Peaceful protest: SIT IN. My brothers and I were in graduate school in Storrs for the EVENTS depicted here. But we never considered a 47D. Some protests: FASTS.
18. Electrical supply: CORD. Fun, as without the cord it will not get there.
22. Symbols of wealth: FURS.
24. Bitter: ACERB. I like acerbic better.
25. Meat cut: LOIN. Pork loin is a cut of meat from a pig, created from the tissue along the dorsal side of the rib cage. Various.
26. Exit __: LANE.
29. Penalty caller: REF.
30. Talkative "Winnie the Pooh" character: OWL. Like Rabbit, he was not a stuffed animal that was brought to life, just a character created by Milne. He has been voiced by Craig Ferguson (Winnie the Pooh); Hal Smith (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh); Jack Warden (Alice in Wonderland) and Andre Stojka (The Tigger Movie). The shadow fell.
31. Edible sphere: PEA. A nice mental picture.
32. Able: FIT. I may not be fit, but I go to the gym three days a week now, I do not want to be an...
33. Lazybones: IDLER.
34. Unappealing viscous material: GOO.
35. The Beatles' "I Saw __ Standing There": HER.
36. Org. using wands: TSA. Transportation Security Administration. And, 60D. Airport org.: FAA. Federal Aviation Administration.
38. Aria, usually: SOLO.
39. Royal annoyance?: PAIN. Rhymes with...
42. Biblical brother: CAIN.
43. Orator's skill: FLUENCY.
45. Fertile Crescent waterway: TIGRIS. No love for the Euphrates?
46. Farming prefix: AGRO. Sounds like 56D. With the bow, on a score: ARCO. A musical score; usually used as a direction in music for players of stringed instruments. Various.
48. Top dog: ALPHA.
49. Unarmed, to a cop: CLEAN.
50. Modern messages: TEXTS.
51. End of a giant sequence: FO FUM. Fee fi
52. Nail-filing abrasive: EMERY. I am board with this clue/fill. It rubs me the wrong way.
57. Watchers: EYES.
59. Life-saving pro: EMT. Emergency Medical Technician.
61. Spanish uncle: TIO. My grandchildren have learned some Spanish, and call some of their uncles Tio.
I found this a fairly fast finish. I hope you enjoyed it and welcome to May. Still hard to focus on humor. Thanks, David. Lemonade out.