Another Oscar-related theme today, with familiar phrases that all contain words that are activities related to movie-making - shot, extra, crew, cut, score, and take - clued in a way that makes it obvious. The best has got to be ALITTLEEXTRA (Movie munchkin, maybe?), but WORTHASHOT (Suitable for moviemaking?) is also strong. We get a piece of bonus fill in BEST ( ____ Picture (Oscars category)), but what's TONY (Broadway award) doing there? Is it oblique bonus fill, or is it just throwing us off the scent?
I'm not too familiar with the term MOIL (Drudgery, in older usage), nor could I immediately come up with BILOXI, AIWA, ETONIC, or ESAU. On the BRIGHTSIDE, though, I find the word LURCH (Move suddenly and unsteadily) interesting, and I also enjoyed ITSOK, HIHAT (I tried "snare" at first), and MARSHY.
SKIER (Chairlift rider, perhaps) gives me an opportunity to let you know that we're on our way out of Innsbruck today. I'm actually writing from aboard a train! At Logan airport, on the way over here, we were somehow randomly selected to receive TSA PRE √, but there's none of that nonsense necessary when riding the rails. We've got plenty of leg-room AREA, free wifi, a cafe car, our luggage is all readily accessible, and we can EXHALE and watch the lovely scenery roll by. Ahhh...
Nice start to the week.