Traveling sucks. Sorry to have to be a downer, but I'm stuck in a stupid hotel at Dulles Airport because delays due to thunderstorms made me miss my connection. Gah.
In other news, I have Cake By The Ocean by DNCE running through my head because of endless ads for The Voice during NBC's Olympics broadcast. Why have so few companies purchased spots during these games? I feel like I've seen the same five over and over again. I think I hate Chevy now.
Oh, right. There's a puzzle today, and it's a smashing good one, in my books. The theme is one of those where each phrase's first word can be placed in front of another shared word to make four new phrases. But there's an excellent revealer to bring it all together in HEADSWILLROLL. Drum roll, please...
All four theme answers are solid phrases with a down home feel to them. Who doesn't eat DRUMSTICKS in their LOGCABIN while watching a BARRELRACE on the tube while the kids are on one of their EGGHUNTS in the woods out back? Amirite, ladies? METOO.
I thought the fill was definitely above average. Two very nice long down answers in FAMILYTREE and ENDOFSTORY. I have to admit I was a little nervous starting out, though, with 1A: Droop (SAG), which I give a D+ (and was my first entry in the puzzle as well), and the strange looking STELMO leading down. But the puzzle recovered nicely with AEGEAN and GAGGLE.
Some nice clues saved the shorter answers, including 5D: What may help you make your move? (VAN) and 11D: "____ on a Grecian Urn" (ODE). References to Keats always help. I'm also inordinately fond of BLTS, and, to a lesser extent, PBJ. Amusingly, I went down completely the wrong path with 39D: Key's partner (LOCK). The obvious was apparently not where my brain was, as I typed in Peel. Never mind that he spells his name Peele.
A few less pretty answers are present (LTRS, EXT, ANI), but I didn't mind. Nice Monday.