Hi! Colum here, filling in for Frannie today.
Am I missing something here? There seems to be a veritable paucity of theme here. There's the "hidden" SILENT diagonally from NW to SE; hidden, I say, because the letters are circled. And then there are two accompanying answers, namely [SILENT]PARTNERS and [SILENT]MAJORITY. And that's it, right? I just know that when I finish this blog entry, and go to read other people's reviews, all will be revealed. But I can't figure it out for myself.
So anyway, the rest of the puzzle plays like a pretty decent themeless. 1A: Powder used to combat moisture (TALCUM) is kind of gross, really. I give it, let's say, oh, C-. That feels about right. And I wasn't impressed with the down answers I got right off the bat either. 17A: Pair of big jets? (AISLES) requires some creative reparsing of the clue, which I enjoy.
How many of you entered anNA at 8D: "Downton Abbey" maid (EDNA)? I know I did. Because, Anna, right? Only, not so much as the seasons went on. Like those last two seasons? That storyline was particularly painful.
You know, as I look at more of this puzzle, I'm less convinced it's all that good. I mean, Claude AKINS and NITA Naldi are pretty outdated. Sheriff Lobo? Ran for three seasons from 1979 to 1981. I mean that's a pretty out there clue.
What I did like? HYMNBOOK. That's some nice letters there. 45A: Strong and proud (LEONINE)... I guess that's because a lion is in a pride? EMAJOR is a key I'm fond of. Not my favorite key, perhaps, but it's a good one. Frankly, I'm having a hard time thinking of pieces in E major. The last movement of Mendelssohn's wonderful violin concerto, and the last movement of Tchaikovsky's fifth symphony, which I've never been that fond of. It does go on for a while.
NONBASIC is an odd term. I mean, it's correct, but wouldn't you just say... oh, maybe, acidic? Oh, and FANZINES.
My error came at the crossing of KRONOR and GOO. Stupidly, I entered KRONeR and didn't check the crossing.
Here's hoping the rest of the turn is better.