I had a feeling the turn was going to be good this week, and lo and behold! Ms. Weintraub's name pops up on the screen. I'm always excited when I see her byline. She is consistently smooth in her construction, and fun to solve.
Today, I felt there was something of a hidden theme going on. When you're in PARENTHOOD, it's common to have a PICKYEATER in the household. Many Moms and Dads have a SECRETRECIPE to convince them to eat, and then it's a DONEDEAL. Unless it's EXTRASPICY, and then there's ZEROCHANCE!
OVERTHETOP? Maybe. But at least I amused myself.
I like the contrasting "100% not happening!" and "100% happening!" clues. Other great clues include:
18A: Big brass (TROMBONE)
30A: Hot dogs do this (PANT)
11D: Talk up? (PRAY)
46A: "The weapon of the powerless against the powerful," according to Molly Ivins (SATIRE). I was thinking maybe "the vote" but that just goes to show how naive I still am, apparently.
31A: Bar exam? (PUBTRIVIA). Excellent.
|MRS Lovett and Sweeney Todd|
My favorite comes at 19D: TV roommates for 50+ years (BERTANDERNIE). By the way, it can't go the other way around. Ernie and Bert is not a thing.
My other favorite is at 14A: Choice for those eager to retire and travel? (SLEEPERCAR). So much is good here, that I can't even get them all in.
Can tomorrow match up to Thursday and Friday? Tune in to find out!