Is it Sunday already? I've been having so much fun reading the reviews by Frannie and Colum that I lost track of the days. But wow, what a way to start my week - not only one of my favorite constructors, but one of my favorite rarities, a themeless Sunday! I'm beaming FROMEARTOEAR.
|If I had to choose, which I don't, I'd say he was my favorite Python.|
Just as we've come to expect from Ms. Weintraub, it's a lovely, open grid with fun entries and clever clues. Right off the bat at 1-Across we get misdirection. With many graduations around this time of year, "Earners of credits" made this solver think of students, not ACTORS. And after that we find "Take sides?" (EAT) and "Go out to get some juice?" (POWERNAP). Nice.
SCAMPERS (Emulates a chipmunk, say), on the other hand, was on point. We've got chipmunks all over the place here, and that answer is apt! I'm not familiar with the "Alabama slammer," but I like the name, and I'm not against AMARETTO.
"Fuse" took me forever to understand as UNITE. It didn't help that I am so unfamiliar with the details of the Harry Potter world that even with D_RSLEY filled in, I didn't know how to finish it in to make his adoptive family name.
On the other hand, MELLOW ("Have You Never Been ____," #1 album for Olivia Newton-John) went in without crosses. Not more than a week ago, I heard that on the car radio while listening to WJIB. My brother-in-law likes to joke that the call letters stand for "Worst Junk In Boston," and while it's true that they (or "he," really, because there's only one DJ) play a lot of unusual recordings, the list includes many old gems. If you're within range, give it a listen sometime. I guarantee you'll hear at least one old chestnut, and something you've never heard before.
Moving on - while I like the phrase RETAILTHERAPY (Shopping in order to improve one's mood), I don't support the activity. Rampant consumerism, waste, etc. etc.
There's so much I could talk about today, but I don't want to make this too long. Why don't you TELLUS what you liked best?