Before we start, since I last posted, two pretty awesome football games were played, and I'm not talking about Carolina-Seattle. Very impressive Green Bay win, and I can't wait to see what happens in Seattle next weekend. And I though the Pats played their hearts out against one of the toughest opponents they could have faced.
On to the puzzle, though. This was very smooth, over all. The theme is straightforward: take celebrities whose last names start with S, and transition that S into a possessive and see what happens. My favorites were the ones where the last name had to be broken into two words to make it work. Thus, BOBBYSHERMAN, SYLVESTERSTALLONE, and MYLESSTANDISH, with my favorite being Sly's beer. Extra credit goes to those where the first name ends in S, and it still works. That being said, I had the theme within about 1 minute of starting the puzzle, so it loses some for being so straightforward.
The fill is overall quite good. Some excellent cluing was to be found: 15D: Challenge for a playboy (MONOGAMY) is fun. 37D: What toasters often hold: (BUBBLY) was predictable in its meaning but not in the way it was carried out. 48D: High-minded sort? (POTUSER) is an excellent entry in the recent run of marijuana-related answers.
And the clues keep coming! 87D: Have trouble with sass? (LISP) is very funny. 95D: Run out of gear? (STREAK) is quite good. And maybe my favorite: 71: I.M. sent to a construction site? (PEI). Ha!
Things I didn't love: OLORD is a peculiar partial. AMAIN is not a word I really want to see in a puzzle. And I could go either way with 63D: City in Los Lobos? (OSLO). Yes, I get the hidden word aspect, but it feels like a stretch.
With so few complaints, I think you have to call this Sunday a winner. Oh, and let's not forget our Auntie Mame reference: ASARULE. Hope would be so pleased.