Today when I got to the revealer starting with "How tall Barbie is ..." I thought that she must have been designed to represent either the average, or someone's ideal, height for a woman. I noticed that "five ft four" would fit, but I wondered if that was too short (my own ideal being about 5'9"). In the end, I chuckled when the answer turned out to be ABOUTAFOOT. Mr. Bain was referring to the doll itself, of course, and to the various parts of the foot called out at the ends of the four thematic answers: ARCH, TOE, HEEL, and SOLE. It's kind of cool that TARSI is standing up at the top of the grid, as the puzzle's own ankle. Was that intentional?
Lots of names today - IVAN, MEL, AVA, ANDRE, Ocsar DELA Renta, ONO, BIEL, CONRAD, TORI, TALESE, ... is that all? I suppose LAMA, CREE, and maybe even ERIN could also be included.
VAVA ("____-voom!") is probably the worst offender today, but it's pretty clean overall, the theme is solid (how many other foot parts are there?) and it got a laugh. What else can one ask for on a Monday. Now it's onward to MARDI!