18. Ideal occupations: DREAM JOBS. Job recruiters promise them.
20. Scrambled words newspaper game: DAILY JUMBLE. Disorganized units of language in a game format, with a helpful illustration.
38. Fashionably ripped denim: DISTRESSED JEANS. Often expensive.
55. Copier malfunction: DOCUMENT JAM. Always annoying.
59. Off-color humor: DIRTY JOKE. Mostly bawdy.
50. Track mix for a party, and what the five longest Across answers comprise: DJ SET. Disc Jockey playlist selections.
Bruce struck a chord today.
I was pleased to meet WERV FM 95.9 "The River" DJ Scott Mackay while golfing in the Ronald McDonald House charity golf outing a couple of weeks ago. Great guy and a good golfer. 95.9 "The River" is the station I listen to in the mornings. And today I get to play DJ. Hope you'll find a song or two to like in my playlist.
1. Chatting online, for short: IM'ing. Instant Messaging. User to user communication on PCs, versus texting and messaging apps on mobile phones. The terms are used somewhat interchangeably.
6. Little troublemakers: IMPS.
10. Invitation letters: RSVP. "Répondez s'il vous plaît" Victor Barocas had both S'IL and VOUS in Sunday's crossword that C.C. reviewed.
14. Indiana hoopster: PACER. The top Indiana Pacers of all time.
15. Like frat brothers: MALE.
16. Keep __: persist: AT IT. Don't stop.
17. Fast train in the Northeast: ACELA. Amtrak's flagship train service. The name is a derivation of acceleration and excellence.
22. Crosswalk user, briefly: PED. Pedestrian.
23. Prodigal __: SON.
24. Garden tools: HOES.
25. Hosp. drips: IVS.
27. Vaudeville bit: GAG.
28. Car music source: FM RADIO. FM (No Static At All) "is a complex jazz-rock composition driven by its bass, guitar and piano parts" by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The song was written as the title track for the movie FM. Some claim the movie was the basis for the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. In the movie, a group of DJs take control of L.A. radio station QSKY in protest of having to play more commercials.
32. Baghdad native: IRAQI.
35. Mystical glow: AURA.
37. Eyeglasses glass: LENS. The new glasses are helping.
41. So totally gross: ICKY. How I felt at the end of each day last Friday and Saturday after staining the house and the deck railing for 10 hours.
42. Fencing sword: EPEE.
43. "Therefore ... ": AND SO. I received this advice when first starting a stint as a guest instructor:
1) Tell them what you are going to tell them,
2) Tell them, and then
3) Tell them what you told them.
44. Matthew and Mark wrote two of them: GOSPELS.
46. Pained cries: OWS.
47. Gave lunch to: FED.
48. Surrealist Salvador: DALI. "...from 1929 to 1937 he produced the paintings which made him the world’s best-known Surrealist artist. He depicted a dream world in which commonplace objects are juxtaposed, deformed, or otherwise metamorphosed in a bizarre and irrational fashion."
50. Ike's monogram: DDE.
53. Medical ins. plan: HMO.
61. Get ready to hit the road: GAS UP.
62. Chicago paper, familiarly: TRIB. The Chicago Tribune, the flagship newspaper of the one-time Tribune Company.
63. Sign of the future: OMEN.
64. "__ you ready yet?": AREN'T.
65. November honorees: VETS.
66. Get fresh with: SASS.
67. Moth-eaten: TATTY.
1. Apple tablets: IPADS.
2. Chinese gambling mecca: MACAO. The "Las Vegas of Asia."
3. Strand at the ski lodge, maybe: ICE IN.
4. Women's basketball analyst Fortner: NELL. USA Basketball Women's National Team coach on the 1996 Olympics Gold Medal team, and then Head Coach of the 2000 Olympics Gold Medal team. Now an ESPN analyst. Summary info on Wikipedia.
5. It may be a result of stress, some say: GRAY HAIR.
6. "My luck HAS to change!": I'M DUE.
7. Quaint schoolteachers: MARMS.
8. Roman commoner: PLEB.
9. __ the deal: SEAL.
10. Indian friend of TV's Sheldon: RAJ.
11. Comes to a complete halt: STOPS DEAD.
12. Vague feeling: VIBE. "The DJ was central to the ritual of 1970s dance culture, but the dancing crowd was no less important, and it was the combination of these two elements that created the conditions for the dance floor dynamic. A good DJ didn't only lead dancers along his or her... preferred musical path, but would also feel the mood of the dance floor and select records according to this energy (which could be communicated by the vigor of the dancing, or level of the crowd's screams, or sign language of dancers directed towards the booth). This communication--described by Sarah Thornton, in her early analysis of late 1980s and 1990s dance culture, as "the vibe"--amounted to a form of synergistic music-making in which separate elements combined to create a mutually beneficial and greater whole." Beyond the Hustle...
13. Condition once called "shell shock," for short: PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder National Institute of Mental Health information
19. Israel's Golda: MEIR.
21. Trot: JOG.
26. "Donna" singer Ritchie: VALENS.
DJ Bob Hale, who was the MC for the concert, agrees that the coin flip was between Allsup and Valens.
27. One usually dressed for success: GQ TYPE. A smartly dressed, well groomed and mannered man. GQ magazine, a Conde Nast publication, was formerly Gentlemen's Quarterly, promoted as "The latest tips and advice for men on style, grooming, fitness, best products, travel destinations and more."
28. Liberate: FREE.
29. Alfred E. Neuman magazine: MAD.
30. Road trip stopovers: INNS.
31. __ buco: veal dish: OSSO.
32. Beatnik's "Gotcha!": I DIG. I can dig it, he can dig it, she can dig it, we can dig it, they can dig it, you can dig it. Oh, let's dig it. Can you dig it, baby?
33. Puerto __: RICO.
34. Ignores warnings to behave, say: ASKS FOR IT.
35. Once-sacred snakes: ASPS.
36. Employ: USE.
39. Long, thin fish: EEL.
40. Talking endlessly to: JAWING AT.
45. Whirlpool: EDDY. Could have been clued as twangy guitarist Duane ___ . Here's a 1986 remake of Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn.
46. Fútbol fan's cry: OLE. Little chance chance for a mondegreen in the lyrics of this one.
48. Noblemen below princes: DUKES.
49. Chorus from the pews: AMENS.
51. Intimidate: DAUNT.
52. Running on __: EMPTY.
53. RCA product: HDTV.
54. Swampy area: MIRE.
56. Spanish eyes: OJOS.
57. Deep sleep: COMA.
58. "Sharknado" actress Reid: TARA.
60. Atlanta-based cable channel: TBS. Turner Broadcasting System.
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