Showing posts with label Nancy Salomon. Show all posts
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Aug 9, 2016

Tuesday, August 9 2016, Nancy Salomon

Theme: Chill Out

20. "Rest those weary feet" : TAKE A LOAD OFF

36. "Why not try the recliner?" : SIT BACK AND RELAX

53. "Don't just stand there" : PULL UP A CHAIR

Melissa here. Perfect theme for a summer day, with the grid-spanner right in the center. Smooth ride except for the southwest, where I hit a few snags. Favorite answer was PICKY EATERS.

1. Cuts (off) : LOPS. Started off wrong right away by entering ENDS.

5. Unwelcome stocking stuffer : COAL
9. Express gratitude to : THANK
14. Monogram ltr. : INIT
15. Starting poker pot contribution : ANTE
16. Pocahontas' husband John : ROLFE. Anyone else try SMITH first? D'oh. Here's the real story.
17. Corp. assistant : SECY. Secretary. I need one.
18. "Lovely" meter maid in a Beatles song : RITA
19. Volunteer's offer : I WILL

23. Tarzan actor Ron : ELY
24. Whole bunch : TON
25. Spanish beaches : PLAYAS
29. Div. the Phillies play in : NL EAST
31. Most of a mortgage payment, usually : INTEREST
33. Big oaf : APE. Not ASS.
34. Sheriff Taylor's TV son : OPIE
35. __ Fáil: Irish coronation stone : LIA. Thanks, perps, never remember.

41. She raised Cain : EVE. Great clue.
42. "The Scarlet Letter" letter : RED A
43. Colorful Mattel card game : UNO
44. Wedded couples : MARRIEDS
47. Had heard about : KNEW OF
50. Deep down : INSIDE
51. Yellowfin tuna : AHI.
52. Boston skyscraper, with "the" : PRU. The Prudential Tower.
57. Johnny with the catchphrase "Come on down!" : OLSON. Needed almost every perp to fill this.
60. "Out of Africa" author Dinesen : ISAK
61. Toaster waffle choice : EGGO
62. Air rifle : BB GUN. Always makes me think of this.
63. Prefix with meter : PERI
64. 1969-'74 Israeli prime minister : MEIR
65. Word-guessing game : JOTTO. Total unknown to me. Looks fun. There's an app for that.

66. Table scraps : ORTS
67. Taxpayer IDs : SSNS

1. "__, my children, and you shall hear ... ": Longfellow : LISTEN
2. Common soccer score : ONE ALL
3. They're fussy about food : PICKY EATERS
4. Eyelid sore : STYE
5. Used auto area : CAR LOT
6. Veggie that may cause tears : ONION
7. "__ girl!": "Way to go!" : ATTA
8. Starring role : LEAD
9. Wee bit : TRIFLE
10. To what length : HOW FAR
11. Late, great boxer : ALI
12. Org. with Jaguars and Panthers : NFL
13. Kenan's Nickelodeon pal : KEL
21. On the briny : AT SEA
22. Made a choice : OPTED
26. Book for finding local businesses : YELLOW PAGES. Does anyone still use them?
27. Where billions live : ASIA
28. Lay's chips-in-a-can brand : STAX
30. Police dept. alert : APB
31. Apple tablets : IPADS
32. 1492 ship : NINA
34. Gave the green light : OKED
36. Tractor-trailer : SEMI
37. Lendl of tennis : IVAN
38. Fish basket : CREEL
39. Hard to decipher, as some ancient inscriptions : RUNIC
40. L.A.-to-N.Y. dir. : ENE
45. Remove roughly, as a magazine page : RIP OUT
46. "Couldn't tell ya" : I DUNNO
47. Casual pants : KHAKIS
48. Starting point : ORIGIN
49. Uproars : FURORS
51. Not together : APART
54. Slimming surgery, for short : LIPO
55. Techie's client : USER
56. Skirt bottoms : HEMS
57. Transitive vb. follower : OBJ
58. Wall St. takeover : LBO. Leveraged buyout.
59. Mil. three-striper : SGT

Apr 11, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016 Nancy Salomon

Theme: For your eyes only - Four ways to use your eyes.

17A. Understand, finally : SEE THE LIGHT

23A. Zone out : STARE INTO SPACE

38A. Revival leader's query ... and hint to the starts of 17-, 23-, 49- and 60-Across : "CAN I GET A WITNESS?"

49A. Photographer's instruction : WATCH THE BIRDIE

60A. "Didn't think I could do it, did ya?!" : "LOOK AT ME NOW!"

Argyle here with Nancy again. She was here last month and returns with a smooth offering today. No pinwheel today but still a couple of long non-theme columns to tie it together. The unifier is a grid spanner right in the middle.


1. Spaghetti or ziti : PASTA

6. In different places : APART

11. What a steamroller steamrolls : TAR

14. Moral standard : ETHIC

15. Capital of Yemen : SANA'A

16. Thrilla in Manila winner : ALI

19. Caboodle go-with : KIT. (kit and caboodle) (meaning)

20. Bill at the bar : TAB

21. Tehran native : IRANI

22. German auto engineer Karl : BENZ

27. Mined rock : ORE

28. Ticklish Muppet : ELMO

29. Boom's opposite : BUST

32. ID card feature : PHOTO

35. Point de __: opinion, in Paris : VUE

42. Corp. ladder leader : CEO

43. En __: as a group : MASSE

44. Spoken : ORAL

45. WWII female enlistee : WAAC. (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps)

47. Org. with a "100 Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time" list : AFI. (American Film Institute)

56. Had a bawl : WEPT

57. Track jockey, e.g. : RIDER

58. Building wing : ELL

59. Swiss peak : ALP

63. Under the weather : ILL

64. Speck in the ocean : ISLET

65. Beethoven's "Für __" : ELISE. A dance number?

66. Lao-__: Taoism founder : TSE

67. Heart rate : PULSE

68. Thin coins : DIMES


1. Ones who won't leave you alone : PESTS

2. Really bugged : ATE AT

3. Biblical queen's land : SHEBA

4. Little songbird : TIT

5. More sore : ACHIER

6. Lion of Narnia : ASLAN

7. Sherwin-Williams product : PAINT

8. Cardio procedure : ANGIO

9. Word of support : RAH

10. Skin art, briefly : TAT

11. Seek shelter : TAKE COVER

12. Flared skirt : A-LINE

13. Big name in hotels and crackers : RITZ

18. Buffalo's lake : ERIE

22. Emeril catchword : BAM!

24. __ de boeuf: French roast : RÔTI. (Roast beef)

25. Alien-seeking org. : SETI. (search for extraterrestrial intelligence)

26. Underhanded plan : PLOT

29. Secretly keep in the email loop, briefly : BCC. (Blind Carbon Copy )

30. Abu Dhabi's fed. : UAE. (United Arab Emirates)

31. Suspected McIntosh relative with pure white flesh : SNOW APPLE. (Fameuse) LINK

32. TD's six : PT's. (football)

33. Gives birth to : HAS

34. What borrowers do : OWE

36. __ Today : USA

37. Subj. for some green-card holders : ESL. (English as a second language)

39. Former auto financing co. : GMAC. (General Motors Acceptance Corporation, now Ally Financial)

40. A pop : EACH

41. Roulette color : NOIR. (black)

46. Verizon rival : AT&T. (American Telephone and Telegraph Company, once)

47. Aid in a felony : ABET

48. Solidified, as plans, with "up" : FIRMED

49. H.G. who wrote "The War of the Worlds" : WELLS. This gives me an excuse to post Jeff Wayne's Forever Autumn, sung by Justin Hayward and narrated by Richard Burton.

50. Internet forum troublemaker : TROLL. "Don't feed the trolls"

51. Backpacking outings : HIKES

52. Online social appointment : e-DATE

53. Jeans material : DENIM

54. Admission of defeat : "I LOSE"

55. Cary of "Glory" : ELWES

Matthew Broderick and Cary Elwes in "Glory"
56. Cool one's heels : WAIT

60. One of a kissing pair : LIP. Remember "Leo the Lip" Durocher?

61. Buckeyes' sch. : OSU. (Ohio State University)

62. Yale Blue wearer : ELI


Note from C.C.:

Congratulation to dear Jazzbumpa (Ron) on his New York Times debut today!

Mar 28, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016 Nancy Salomon

Theme: Maw, git me m'teeth! - Gonna need'em fer this here puzzl'.

20A. Accepts a grim reality : BITES THE BULLET

39A. Hams it up : CHEWS THE SCENERY

56A. Is raring to go : CHAMPS AT THE BIT

Argyle here. If you're raring to nit pick on the above usage, please go here first. Grammarist There are a few crunchy spots that might slow you down and that's a good thing. I don't think it should be rushed even if you can.

Good to see Nancy Salomon back. She's the mentor to many many constructors.


1. 5th Dimension vocalist Marilyn : McCOO. Sensational voice.

6. Degrees for mgrs. : MBAs. (Master of Business Administration)

10. On a trip : AWAY. Destination 15A. Honolulu's island : OAHU

14. Like cheering stadiums : AROAR

16. Give (out) sparingly : DOLE

17. Not glossy, as a finish : MATTE

18. Sourpuss : CRAB. What! No Trader Joe's Crab Gyoza!

19. Short comic sketch : SKIT

23. Thickening agent used in ice cream : AGAR

24. "Way cool!" : "RAD!". So retro.

25. Rock's __ Speedwagon : REO

26. Slalom need : SKI

28. Cavs-vs.-Mavs event : NBA GAME

32. Tax deadline mo. : APR.

35. In need of calamine lotion : ITCHY

38. Cobb or Waldorf dish : SALAD

42. Enjoys an elegant meal : DINES. A nice pairing.

43. Bothered big-time : ATE AT

44. Ballot markings in boxes : X'es

45. Train amenity with drinks and food : CLUB CAR. from Amtrak : "On most medium and long-distance trains, food service is available in the Lounge Car, featuring table and casual seating."

47. Eeyore's pal : ROO. In the 100 Acre Wood.

49. Nonstick spray brand : PAM

50. Troop gp. : BSA. (Boy Scouts of America)

52. Small notebooks : PADS

60. Layered hairdo : SHAG

61. Japanese rice drink : SAKE

62. Irritate : ANNOY

63. Stretch out, say : LAZE

64. Pigmented eye layer : UVEA

65. Not at all lenient : STERN

66. Verses of praise : ODEs

67. Exec's benefit : PERK

68. American Pharoah, e.g. : HORSE. I admired his coming to Saratoga. A valiant effort.


1. Deadly African snake : MAMBA

2. Newmark with an online list : CRAIG. Needed the perps for this one. Wiki link

3. Terra __: earthenware : COTTA

4. Many John Wayne flicks : OATERs

5. Valuable rocks : OREs

6. Coffee-and-chocolate flavor : MOCHA

7. Uncovered : BARED

8. Captain in Ishmael's tale : AHAB. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.

9. Many a commuter's home : SUBURB

10. Lay's "Betcha can't eat just one" is one : AD SLOGAN

11. Responded to the alarm : WOKE

12. Touched down : ALIT

13. "Still and all ... " : "YET ... "

21. "Foolish Pride" singer Travis : TRITT

22. Charge for using, as an apartment : LEASE TO. No need for the "to", is there?

27. Smooch shower on a Jumbotron : KISS CAM

28. Wall St.'s "Big Board" : NYSE. (New York Stock Exchange)

29. "Jeopardy!" host Trebek : ALEX

30. Fully grown filly : MARE

31. Nestlé ice cream brand : EDY'S

32. Electrical adapter letters : AC/DC

33. Golfer Mickelson : PHIL. Lefty

34. Brand in contact lens care : ReNu

36. Scorch : CHAR

37. In a lather, with "up" : HET

40. Google search successes : WEB PAGES

41. Gemstone weight : CARAT

46. Intensifies : AMPS UP

48. Not against trying : OPEN TO

50. Cake maker : BAKER

51. T-bone or porterhouse : STEAK

53. Mammy Yokum's lad : ABNER. His'n jest a li'l fella.

54. Christian's dresses? : DIOR'S

55. "Gypsy" composer Jule : STYNE. Jule Styne, Hugh Downs, 1979 Interview and Song from "Gypsy" Clip(12:31)

56. Libya neighbor : CHAD

57. Thin fog : HAZE

58. Squirrel away : SAVE

59. Slinger's dish : HASH. Hash slinger is diner-speak for waiter or waitress or the cook or even a kitchen worker.

60. __-mo replay : SLO


Aug 8, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013 Nancy Salomon

Theme: "Jeers lookin' at you, kid..."

39-Across. Fans' disapproval, and a hint to the starts of the answers to the starred clues : JEERS.

17-Across. *Flashy theatricality : RAZZMATAZZ. Fun word. I started filling in RAZZledazzle...and ran out of squares. Hmpf.

62-Across. *Folk music shindig : HOOTENANNY. Remember this show?

11-Down. *Tantrums : HISSY FITS. Like what my cats throw when I try to give them a pill...

34-Down. *Hidden hazard : BOOBY TRAP. Would make a great name for a line of lingerie.

I am so honored to blog a puzzle by my heroine, Nancy Salomon. Always crisp themes, and great fill.  She is an inspiration to all cruciverbalists out there. I liked how the JEERS were all part of a longer word, and you had to "tease" them out.

Two tens and two nines circle the grid, with the unifier smack in the middle. So here's the scoop on the rest...


1. Player with a record 14 100-RBI seasons : A-ROD. Oh, I don't think I will comment on this guy right now. But I will point out that he is the first in a string of "letter-followed-by-a-word" answers in this puzzle. ("LFBAW") Not good, not bad - I just thought it was interesting.

5. Dancer's rail : BARRE. Ballet.

10. Fake : SHAM.

14. Numbskull : BOZO.

15. "Love Story" co-star : O'NEAL. Ryan's famous quote from the movie, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." LFBAW? (Nah...)

16. Hookah, e.g. : PIPE.

19. Soccer shower : ESPN. Not the showers in the locker room, but a channel that shows soccer.

20. Parting that's bid : ADIEUSo long, farewell. 2:57.

21. Childlike sci-fi race : ELOI.

22. Abbr. before a date : EST'DEstablished.

23. Remitted : SENT IN.

25. Good to go : READY.

27. Medicinal shrubs : SENNAS.

29. Hoists with difficulty : HEFTS.

32. Can opener : TAB. Those little pull-thingys on top.  They have kind of made "church keys" obsolete.

35. Prepare for a bout : SPAR.

36. Cereal usually served hot : FARINA. Remember this stuff?

37. Hardly first-class fare : SLOP. Amusing to see this word right after 36-A.

41. Bowl over : STUN.

42. Snorkeling spots : ATOLLS.

44. Boozehounds : SOTS.

46. Fr. religious figure : STESainte.

47. Dressed for choir : ROBED.

48. Do like Vassar did in 1969 : GO COED.

50. Co-Nobelist Arafat : YASIR. The official Nobel Prize web site spells his name "Yasser." But I guess it's tough to Anglicize his name:

 محمد ياسر عبد الرحمن عبد الرؤوف عرفات القدوة الحسيني

52. GI's work detail : KP DUTY.

55. They may be saturated : FATS.

57. Takes for a ride : CONS.

59. Unsteady on one's feet : AREEL. Aaaaa...(LFBAW?)

61. Piece of farmland : ACRE.

64. Landlocked African country : CHAD. Right smack dab in the middle.

65. Like cardinals : AVIAN. Because "Catholic" wouldn't fit...

66. Belg.-based alliance : NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization.

67. Copy editor's find : TYPO.

68. Pomme de ___: French potato : TERRE. Literally, "apple of the earth/soil."

69. Tax cheat chaser, briefly : T-MANTreasury man. LFBAW.


1. Incantation opener : ABRA.cadabra!

2. Places to find forks : ROADS.

3. David and Ricky's dad : OZZIE. From the '50s sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."

4. By the ___: in quantity : DOZENS. Usually cheaper. (And no, I didn't see Steve Martin's 2003 remake of it.)

5. Scary squeezer : BOA.

6. Insect's pair : ANTENNAE.

7. Not fake : REAL. Are they real, or fake?

8. Maugham's "The ___ Edge" : RAZOR'S.

9. Popeye creator Segar : ELZIE. All perps.

10. Ones ignoring limits : SPEEDERS.

12. Date with a Dr. : APPTAppointment.

13. Heal : MEND.

18. Makes an unsound decision about? : MUTES. Decides to "un" the sound on the TV, e.g.

24. Dressed for dreamland, briefly : IN PJs. Hef must always be in dreamland.

26. "Bingo!" : AHA.

28. "You ___ Beautiful": Joe Cocker hit : ARE SOGreat song. 2:40

30. Threaded fastener : T-NUT. LFBAW.

31. Right upstairs? : SANE. I laughed out loud when I finally figured this one out!

32. Abdicator of 1917 : TSAR. Nicholas II.

33. Violist's clef : ALTO. Ah, I misread the clue as "violinist's clef." The violin clef is the "treble," but the viola clef is the "alto" or "C" clef.

36. Camera setting : F-STOP. LFBAW.

38. "Sure, go ahead!" : PLEASE DO.

40. Fan club focus : ROCK STAR.

43. Brigham Young's gp. : LDSLatter Day Saints.

45. Auto leasing choice : SEDAN.

48. Furrow : GROOVE.

49. Three-time NBA scoring champ Kevin : DURANT.

51. Mac messaging program : I-CHAT. LFBAW.

53. Early brunch hr. : TEN AM.  TTP, what time did you get to brunch the other day?

54. Busybody : YENTA. Yiddish origin, now Yinglish loanword.

55. Trivia champ's tidbit : FACT.

56. In need of liniment : ACHY.

58. Roulette bet : NOIR. (Black.) Roulette is French for "wheel."

60. City on the Rhône : LYON. Traditionally spelled "Lyons" in English, but "Rhône" is in French, so it calls for the French spelling.

63. Pittsburgh-to-Boston dir. : ENE. Whew! A gimme for the finish.

Now I must bid ADIEU until next week,

Jan 25, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Nancy Salomon

Theme: SOFT DRINKS. Three long theme answers each take a common verb phrase and give it a humorous twist, while ending in a word that signifies a kind of (typically non-alcoholic) beverage. I loves me this kind of word-play.

19A. Outdo other guests seeking a party drink? : BEAT TO THE PUNCH. Do something before somebody else can, a term probably derived form boxing. PUNCH: A drink made with fruit juices, soda, other flavorings, and typically served in small cups from a large bowl.

36A. Order one so-so ice cream drink? : GET A FAIR SHAKE. To get a fair or unbiased opportunity for success. SHAKE: A cold drink made from milk, ice cream, and fruit or chocolate. Very amusing clue.

53A. Activate a dispenser for a fruit drink? : TURN ON THE JUICE. Flip the switch to "on". Activate the energy. JUICE: Fluid naturally contained in plant or animal tissue. Emphasis on the plants here, as we don't usually drink animal juices, though some can be quite potable.

Hi, gang, it's JazzBumpa, noting that any of these drinks could be made alcoholic, if one so chooses. With that in mind, shall we have a sip, or a big gulp? Onward!


1. Kid's summer spot : CAMP. Lots of options: I went to Boy Scout CAMP as a kid, some of the granddaughters have been to Theater CAMP. Oldest grandson will go to Band Camp this Summer. What are your experiences?

5. Ain't it the truth : FACT. No made-up CAMP stories, please.

9. Melville's Billy : BUDD. A sailor in a story left unfinished when Melville died in 1891. The story has a confusing history.

13. Craft seen at many a 1-Across : CANOE. Watercraft, not arts and craft, and only if the camp is on a lake or a river.

14. Banned apple treatment : ALAR. This plant treatment regulated the growth, improved the color, and made the harvest easier. Per Wikipedia, it was also intended to be used on cherries, peaches, pears, Concord grapes, tomato transplants and peanut vines. It actually was not banned. It was withdrawn from the market when the EPA proposed banning it. Details.

15. Current about : UP ON. It pays to be UP ON your FACTS.

16. "Family Matters" nerd : URKEL. Waaay too annoying for a clip.

17. __ dry eye in the house : NOT A. We were all wailing and gnashing our teeth.

18. Hindu music style : RAGA. Indian music sometimes uses quartertones - notes between the scale notes we in the West are used to hearing. This gives it quite an exotic sound. Here is an example. It's over 9 minutes, but you can sample less.

22. Hotel annex? : IER. Hotelier. Typically cliched misdirecting clue for an affix. We are not amused.

23. Carson's late-night predecessor : PAAR. Jack.

24. Thurmond who was a senator for 47 years : STROM.

26. Fancy neckwear : CRAVATS. Warnings to not tie them too tightly are CRAVATS caveats.

29. Bay Area airport letters : SFO.

31. Lux. locale : EUR. Abbrv. for Europe. Luxembourg is a tiny land-locked country, over there somewhere. Maybe one of our world travelers can enlighten us.

32. Pitcher of milk? : ELSIE. Needed lots of perp help, 'til the light came on. ELSIE was the advertising spokesbovine for Bordon Dairy Products. Great clue.

34. Size up : ASSESS. When you ASSESS, you must also mind your spelling.

39. Throw in the direction of : TOSS TO. As what one might do with a hot potato.

40. __ one's game: performing below par : NOT ON. As when one drops a hot potato.

41. Bribe : SOP. More perp help needed. Couldn't bring this together, but it's legit. Also, an acronym for Standard Operating Procedure. Hmmmmm . .

42. Slice of history : ERA. Frex, Jazz ERA.

44. Hardly silk purse material, in an idiom : SOW'S EAR. Cute, but obvious clue.

48. Building brick : ADOBE. A brick of sun or kiln dried clay. Not this. Not him.

50. Bearing : MIEN. Probably from the same root as demeanor.

52. Unnamed degree : NTH. Specific, but unspecified. Oh, the uncertainty.

57. Civil rights icon Parks : ROSA. Perhaps the most famous bus rider, ever.

58. "You bet, señora!" : SI SI. As we say to our esteemed hostess, "SI SI, C.C." See?

59. Rye fungus : ERGOT. This fungus renders the grain toxic. Those who speak of it in arcane terms are using ERGOT argot.

60. A very long time : AGES. It's been a long, long time.

61. Lobe adornment : HOOP. Check it out.

62. Slasher's title hangout, in film: Abbr. : ELM ST. The slasher is Freddy Kruger from the Nightmare on ELM ST. Movies

63. Schools of whales : PODS. Does anyone know why?

64. Pops the question : ASKS. Put this way, it could be any old question. Shouldn't it be the specific one for Lida Rose?

65. H.S. junior's exam : PSAT. Pre-SAT. Let's not teach to the test, though.


1. Job, and then some : CAREER. Engineering used to be a a CAREER. Now, it's just a job.

2. Asian capital on a peninsula : ANKARA. Turkey

3. Champagne brand : MOET. Now here is some French I can go for.

4. Assail (with), as snowballs : PELT. Definitely different from TOSS TO. PELT implies force and/or violence. We PELTED him with snowballs until his pelt was caked and soggy.

5. Classic film with dancing hippos : FANTASIA. This is one of the worst pieces of classical music ever, IMNSHO. I had to play it once. After Allan Sherman, it's almost impossible to keep a straight face. Still, here is the clip.

6. Hawaiian hi or bye : ALOHA. Indicates you most likely have recently or are about to get leied.

7. Works a wedding : CATERS

8. Catch : TRAP

9. Too well-done : BURNT. This would qualify as well done, but not done well.

10. Where not to be paddleless? : UP A CREEK. Severity of the dilemma depends on the nature of the creek. Best not to be in a concrete canoe.

11. Whence a front yard growl : DOG HOUSE. From yon DOG HOUSE emanateth yon bark.

12. It may be used to ID a perp : DNA. Not our kind of perp. Genetic material used to I.D. a criminal

13. Like dice, shape-wise : CUBIC.

20. Chooses : OPTS FOR

21. G.I. entertainment : USO SHOW. Bob Hope did these in WW II and for decades after. Here is one example. We play this song for the 4th of July park concert every Summer, while honoring the service vets. Even for crusty old me, it is very moving.

25. Robinson of song : MRS. From the movie, The Graduate. Still sounds good.

27. November honorees : VETS. See 21 D.

28. Support group for kids of substance abusers : ALATEEN. Fortunately, this is outside my experience.

30. Scam that's "pulled" : FAST ONE

33. Hamburger's article : EIN. German for "one" or the indefinite article "a."

35. Without : SANS. I could do SANS the French

36. All set : GOOD TO GO

37. Championed, as a cause : ESPOUSED

38. Fruit used as a vitamin C supplement : ROSE HIPS. From the same plant that gives us the flower. Somewhere, there must be a lady named ROSE HIPS.

39. Airport safety org. : TSA Transportation Safety Administration.

43. Prenatal tests, for short : AMNIOS. Abbrev. for amniocentesis, a rather dangerous procedure.

45. Baffling problem : ENIGMA. Speaking of Soviet Communism, Winston Churchill said: "It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an ENIGMA." I hope that is clear.

46. Not marked up : AT COST. This has to do with selling prices, not graffiti.

47. Classic role for Clark : RHETT. From Gone With The Wind. Do you give a damn?

49. Military bigwigs : BRASS. Looks like this might be a shortened form of "BRASS Hat," so called for the gold braid on the hat.

51. "Everything's fine" : IT'S OK.

54. Worker protection agcy. : O. S.H.A. Occuptional Safety and Health Administration. Not the impudent wilding woman who knows that Winter Is Coming, here seen holding her own against Theon Greyjoy.

55. Cherokee maker : JEEP. The 2012 lineup only has a Grand Cherokee.

56. www addresses : URLS. Universal Resource Locators on the World Wide Web.

57. 50 Cent's genre : RAP.

Answer grid.

Ahhhh! A fine, refreshing quaff from one of puzzledom's greats. I'll admit, though, that I did all this with a snifter of Pinch at my elbow.