Lately, Frannie and I have been amusing ourselves by using the expression, "There it is, gone," or some variant thereof, and I think it's well established that those who do crossword puzzles also appreciate peculiarities in language, as is demonstrated in this lovely start to the new week of puzzles. It's a study in contradictions - LIVINGDEAD, RECORDEDLIVE, FOUNDMISSING, and with no revealer, the theme is left as an OPENSECRET. Beautiful.
Aside from the theme, we get fun clues and entries like TOASTED (Like bread and newlyweds, maybe), TAPIOCA (Pudding ingredient from the cassava root) (mmm.... TAPIOCA...), NODICE ("Not gonna happen!"), and MONEYPIT (Interminably expensive project). There was very little that I MOANED about. Sure, there's some stuff you see frequenly - IRIS, EDIE, ACRES, IDES - but only IDS, and maybe OLIN (Lena of Hollywood) broke my SERENE Monday mood. Plus, we had the amusing pairing of ROOF (Where Santa lands) and NOONE (Who lives at the North Pole, in reality). Heh.
Overall, I think it's a great way to RING in the new week!
p.s. I had planned to write this review last night, but we ended up watching "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," the only George Lazenby Bond movie. It was great - one of the better Bond films, I think. Diana Rigg, a theme song by Louis Armstrong (the last recording he made!), and Telly Savalas. What more can one ask for? It's a pity that Lazenby didn't do more of them.