Hello everyone! Welcome back to me. It's just me and Cece and the dogs this weekend, as Hope is down in DC. Hope you're all having a fine weekend! Me, I could use more sleep.
On this Sunday, we get a theme where the R is taken out of words where it's the second phoneme, and is followed by an "oo" phoneme, creating new words and thus silly phrases, which when clued in the usual wacky fashion, leads to hilarity. I'm not convinced by the title, as it seems like we should be subtracting both the R and the OO phonemes, instead of just the R.
However, the results are pretty darned good, if you ask me. The headliner is the long down answer at 10D: Dramatic accusation at a dentist's office? (YOUCANTHANDLETHETOOTH). Beautiful! And great to imagine Jack Nicholson's character from A Few Good Men shouting it at a bewildered oral surgeon.
I also very much enjoyed TAMINGOFTHESHOO, BURDENOFPOOF, and PENELOPECOOS. These made me smile, while the remaining ones were not quite as strong.
In the fill, there's a goodly amount of misdirection clues, such as 92A: Certain bridge positions (NORTHS), referring to the card game (the best card game of all time, by the way), and 19D: Call at home (SAFE), referring to baseball.
I love SAMOSAS. Here's a link to a good recipe.
I had difficulty with 43D: Opposite of "takes off" (DONS). I had put in DieS, which in retrospect seems iffy, but at the time seemed like a reasonable antonym for the verb. The two crosses didn't help. DRACO and IMRAN were both not immediately obvious to me. That being said, IMRAe seems unlikely for a Pakistani name.
In the QMC world, I thought 27D: Île be there? (MER) was cute, and 15D: Bands you might listen to in the car? (AMFMRADIO) was tough.
Finally, I thought it was very clever to put in JIMMORRISON and MRMOJORISIN in symmetric spots. I had no idea the latter was an anagram of the former.