After finishing this puzzle, I had a number of questions that begged to be asked.
1. Is a FALSEBOTTOM what occurs after plastic surgery?
2. In HORSEHOCKEY, how do you get the ice skates on their hooves?
3. Why is FENSTER clued from the German (and with an abbreviation to boot, which was confusing) rather than with the eponymous uncle from The Addams Family?
Well, I can answer that last one. It's because it's Uncle Fester, not Fenster. That answer is definitely an ANOMALY, though. This was fun, and tough.
|Mount AVALON, in New Hampshire|
- NOTELL / MOTEL
- MNEMONIC: here's one for the cranial nerves - On old Olympus's towering top, a Finn and German viewed some hops.
- 3D: Cooking title (IRONCHEF). I used to love this show, and I'm referring to the original Japanese version.
- 49A: Something the Netherlands has but Belgium doesn't? (CAPITALN). I'm telling you, as I was solving this corner, I refused several times to believe this was what Mr. Eylar was going for.
The whole middle section is brilliantly done. And it's all worth it for 38A: Who once described puritanism as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy" (MENCKEN). Well said, sir. Well said.