WHY? WELL, WHY NOT
When I saw the title today, and then read the clue for 9A, "Got too scared, with 'out,'" I quickly decided that there would be some kind of "chicken" theme. A chicken rebus, or we'd have to have it "cross the road" into another clue or something... I thought I was so clever. Figuring it all out, and on the second clue!
Well, as you well, know, that was not how things went down. Instead, we have Ys that are inserted into phrases that don't usually have them (BELLYBOTTOMS (Places where some belts are tightened?)) and taken away from phrases that do (COMBATREAD (Stephen Crane's 'The Red Badge of Courage,' e.g.?)). So already, that's pretty fun, but then we get to the revealer, WISEUPTO, and realize that each time a Y is inserted into a phrase, it's been taken from the exact spot that it was removed from in another phrase and moved up two squares in the puzzle. Now that's fancy! I mean, really, how is it even possible to make that work out?
Amazing. In other news, ENYA continues to have a big week in the crossword. I was fooled for a while by "Server error," thinking about "file somethingorother," but no, it's a tennis FOOTFAULT. Also, I did not remember learning that Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts was DEAF. Interesting. And why did I enter "Gauze" for "You can see right through it," when the obvious answer was GLASS? I guess I was not TUTU awake yet.
Well, it's been a fun week of puzzles. Tomorrow, I think Frannie takes over, but we're on vacation, so maybe she'll try to enlist one of the many other family members that we're sharing a house with to either do it or help with it. We shall see. Tune in tomorrow, same HAFDTNYTCPFCA time, same HAFDTNYTCPFCA channel.