Sacre bleu it's déjà vu all over again! A French word crossed me up again. Nothing about the clue at 24A. Figure on the top of Paris's Notre-Dame seemed to indicate that un mot français was called for, and I've never heard of Mlle. Hadid, so I guessed ANnE instead of ANGE. Derp.
My favorite theme answer was 27A. Call for cleanup in the Persian Gulf? (BAHRAINWASH). Ha! The other countries heard from were also pretty amusing. I have a soft spot for TAKEMYWIFEBELIZE because it reminds me of my Dad. :)
I also liked 1D. Hunky-dory (JAKE). That's a word you don't hear every day. On the other hand, you don't know how often I hear, "get a load of that suit (EXEC)" at the office. One of these days I will learn to play EUCHRE.
And one more thing, Peter Falk feature at 41D. (GLASSEYE)? Are we supposed to talk about that?
Fun country puns. It's a 16 x 15 puzzle, so I could expect a slightly longer time for a Thursday. On the other hand, I like me a little more tricky stuff on a Thursday. I have played Euchre. It's a ton of fun.
When I think of Indiana basketball, my mind immediately goes to college. So PACERS was slow to come. Oh and my favorite toothpaste ingredient would be fluoride, not WHITENER so that took a while as well.ReplyDelete
I think it's OK to speak of Peter Falk's GLASSEYE because 1) he's dead, and 2) it was spoken of regularly (even by himself) when he was alive, so we're OK IMO. You're correct about GIGI Hadid (or is it Hadid GIGI); no one's heard of her (although I just looked her up and she seems familiar to me). GIGI appears to be a nickname. BYGOLLY reminds me of Uncle Hal, who said it often.
Good old Uncle Hal!Delete
I've been fwoeing all over the place lately. I fwoe'd at the same place Frannie did today. And both of us Francophiles! What does that say? I'll tell you what, it says that GIGI whoeversheis isn't famous enough to cross a non-foreign-language-indicated clue for a French word, that's what.
Other than that, I enjoyed this odd, country pun theme. So strange.