I know, I know... Frannie is slated to take over today, but I can't help myself. I just had to say how much I enjoyed this puzzle!
I had caught on to the theme somewhere up top, maybe with GONEGIRL (31A: Biography of Amelia Earhart?) (Too soon.), so when I got to "92A: Biography of the Venus de Milo?," the answer was immediately obvious, and I laughed out loud while filling in AFAREWELLTOARMS. Has this joke been made before? Maybe. Probably. But I did not care.
|My hero while I was running track in high school. His 3:47:33 mile was just 22.5 seconds faster (per quarter) than my fastest mile.|
And it wasn't just the theme - there were many non-theme answers I liked too, starting with LISA (1A: Most popular baby girl's name of the 1960s, per the Social Security Administration). Sounds right to me, because I was born in the 60s, and I've only had a few real "girlfriends" in my life, but two of them were named LISA. And what about ICECORES being in the puzzle a day after all of our talk of ice caps and ice sheets? Funny.
I loved the references to Elvis Costello (PUMPITUP), FAIRUSE (90D: Why parodies can't be sued for copyright infringement), and WINDFARMS.
And finally, I just want to say I thought the cluing was excellent overall. "36A: Beep-booping droid, for short" was great for ARTOO, "52D: Doesn't go overboard?" (BODYSURFS) took this bodysurfer far too long, possibly because it crossed another very clever clue - "57A: Go through a window?" (SCROLL). A browser window! Definitely not a GIMME! See also "76A: Credit score, for short? (GPA). Hah!
In short, I thought this one really STOODOUT. Maybe Frannie will jump in to say something more on today's, or maybe she'll just start up tomorrow. We shall see.