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May 21, 2008

Wednesday May 21, 2008 Norma Steinberg

Theme: R/L FLIP

17A: Expert in pendants?: LOCKET SCIENTIST (ROCKET SCIENTIST)

35A: Connecticut town's hairless populace?: THE BALD OF AVON (THE BARD OF AVON)

52A: Cohorts on the run?: FLEE ASSOCIATION (FREE ASSOCIATION)

Looks like our old Wednesday constructor Philip J. Anderson was sent into exile. Have not seen him for a month. I like this new IT girl constructor Norma Steinberg though. I sense that she loves baseball as she tends to sprinkle a few baseball words/phrases in her puzzles.

Not much to say about today's grid. I aced it in 20 minutes, so I expect to see quite a few 5-minute records today.

ACROSS:

4A: Rendezvous: TRYST

15A: Gary Burghoff role: RADAR

16A: Clown's shtick: ANTIC

21A: Schmeer platform: BAGEL. Hmm, shtick, schmeer, why not clue SAP (1A: Easy mark) as Schnook then?

23A: Skinflints: MISERS

32A: One of HOMES: HURON

38A: Singer Richie: LIONEL. Hello, is it me you are looking for?

40A: Samovars: URNS. Didn't we see SAMOVAR clued as "Russian urn" before?

42A: __ de deux: PAS. Literally "step for two". PAS Seul (solo), PAS de trois, etc.

45A: Logical start: GEO. (Update later: Sorry about the NEO mistake earlier.)

51A: String quartet member: CELLO. A bit of Yo-Yo Ma for you.

61A: Remote control aircraft: DRONE

DOWN:

2D: Dreamboat: ADONIS. Here is J. W. Waterhouse's The Awakening of ADONIS. I adore his The Lady of Shalott.

3D: Keep for oneself: POCKET

9D: Hanger calls: PANGS. Have some SALADS then (1D: Caesar and Waldorf)

11D: Short dagger: STILETTO. This is a picture from the STILETTO Run in Amsterdam in early March. Winner got $15K.

12D: McCourt title: 'TIS. Frank McCourt's memoir. What does 'TIS stand for? THIS?

18D: Dutch carrier's letters: KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij). Royal Dutch Airlines. It's merged with Air France in 2004. I've only used SAS.

23D: Fable's lesson: MORAL. Hmm, Freud is right, men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.

24D: Worshiped one: IDOL. Here is David Cook's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

25D: Mails, as a tax return: SENDS IN. And 28D: Tax agcy: IRS

36D: Those receiving awards: HONOREES. OK if not for 48D: Nov. honoree: VET. "Animal doc" would be better.

38D: Loutish fellow: LUG. And 46D: Brutal person: BEAST. Luckily we have ADONIS, otherwise, this would be a very cynical puzzle.

C.C.