Remember all that stuff I was saying just one week ago about how I didn't often like a Sunday puzzle? Well forget it! This one was thoroughly enjoyable. Well, there were two small areas that I thought were problematic - the cross of ORYX (52D: Margaret Atwood's "____ and Crake") and CALYX (62A: Sepals of a flower), and the cross of 106D: Literary fairy queen (MAB) and 112A: Actress Jean who played Joan of Arc in "Saint Joan" (SEBERG). Luckily for me, I knew MAB, but unluckily, I misspelled CALiX, and so had to hunt around for a while at the end.
|"Put me down!"|
I like how the "reasons for ejection" correspond to the four different sports played by the ejected stars. RUTH was a pitcher for a time when he was on the Red Sox, and it would not surprise me if I heard that he threw a BEANBALL or two. (Although I would be surprised if, at that time, it was even a reason for ejection.) Likewise I can imagine Shaq throwing a FLAGRANTFOUL from time to time, and maybe even MESSI giving an ILLEGALSLIDETACKLE, but Jerry RICE giving a HELMETHIT? He probably got plenty, but he just seems like too nice a guy to have ever given one, doesn't he?
OK, so that's a lot about the theme. I said yesterday that I was going to be more aware of writing too much... and here I am doing just that. But I liked this one a lot! CAFFEINEFIX was excellent. FIJIISLANDS is great, too, what with its "IJII" string... and UNFRIEND is timely for me, as I just completely deleted my ten-year-old Facebook account last week!
I'll stop now. Maybe Frannie will chime in with something, but if not, rest assured that she will take over again tomorrow. Me, I'll see you in a few weeks. Until then, happy puzzling!