It's the last day of February, which has brought home to me two things; to wit, that it's not a very long month, so the blogging went by quickly, and also that I have a hard time typing February. Just about every time it came out Feburary. I will henceforth call the month that, especially every time I go to the liberry.
So, heads up, am I right, menfolk? Our theme is STANDUPGUYS, with three synonyms for a male personage hidden backwards (or upwards, really) in other phrases. In all three cases, the hidden word is split across words, so thumbs up there. I'm not in love with any of the three phrases though. NETNEGATIVE ("gent") is a thing, certainly. RADICALLEFT ("fella", my favorite) is fine. And ILEDUDIABLE ("dude") is a rarely heard thing. Anyway, they're all fine, just not really Tuesday level, I guess.
1A: ____ jacket (bit of casualwear) (JEAN) gets a D+ for starting the puzzle with a partial. Although my daughter is sporting a fine example of said casualwear even as we speak. 2D: Start of many a doctor's visit (EXAM) is just plain wrong. I don't know of any doctor who starts out a visit by examining a patient. You always need to set the tone with conversation and relieving a little tension before you go setting hands on a person. So thumbs down for that.
On the other hand, I'm always in favor of HOBBES, one of the best comic strip characters of all time. Weird to have BOB and NAN, palindromic names. Otherwise I don't have much to say here.
Tomorrow, either Horace or Frances will take over, I'm sure. Enjoy March, the best month of the year! Am I right, Horace?