Jul 25, 2017

Tuesday, July 25 2017, Joe Kidd

Theme:

17. *Royal passing rubber checks? : KITING KING

25. *English Einstein? : BRITAIN BRAIN

47. *Pack animal carrying a Mexican treat? : BURRITO BURRO

62. *Gdansk gentleman? : POLITE POLE

40. "That'll be enough of that subject" ... and a hint to solving the answers to starred clues : DROP IT

Two-word phrases in which IT is dropped from the second word, to create a new word. 

Melissa here. With lots of learning moments, this felt a tad above Tuesday level to me - relied heavily on perps. Got the theme with the first theme answer - which helped fill in the others pretty quickly. I remember using that "Drop It Like it's Hot" gif for the theme of a fairly recent blog post - but my (admittedly halfhearted) attempt to find it turned up nothing. Anyone else remember a recent "Drop It" theme?

Appears to be a debut for constructor Joe Kidd here at the corner. Pseudonym?



Across

1. Physicist Newton : ISAAC
 
6. Maker of TimeCutter riding mowers : TORO
10. Crimson Tide, to fans : BAMA
 
14. "Ask someone else" : NOT ME
 
15. Fail to enunciate : SLUR
 
16. "Don't have __!": "Calm down!" : A COW

19. Ding-__ : DONG
 
20. Mailing label phrase : SEND TO
 
21. Shopping to beat the band : ON A SPREE. "To beat the band" is an idiom meaning "to the greatest possible degree." Not something I hear often.
 
23. Sign of a Broadway hit : SRO. Standing Room Only.
 
24. International accord : ENTENTE. Is this Tuesday?
 
30. Feel sick : AIL
 
31. Suggestive sideways look : LEER
 
32. Ten sawbucks : C-NOTE
 
36. Just okay : SO-SO
 
38. Calculate again : RE-ADD
 
41. The "Y" of YSL : YVES
 
42. Lesley of "60 Minutes" : STAHL. She recently wrote a book about becoming a grandparent.



44. Blood fluids : SERA
 
46. "All you can __": buffet sign : EAT
 
51. Shout of jubilation : WHOOPEE
 
54. Butter square : PAT
 
55. Stop fretting : REST EASY
 
57. Weather map line : ISOBAR. A line on a map connecting points having the same atmospheric pressure at a given time or on average over a given period.

 
61. "In the Valley of __": 2007 Tommy Lee Jones film : ELAH. 2007 Release.
 
64. Brand with a Swoosh logo : NIKE. Didn't know all this.



65. Utility abbr. : ELEC
 
66. Worked (up) : RILED
 
67. Fly high : SOAR
 
68. __ Martin Cognac : REMY
 
69. Fills fully : SATES
 
Down
 
1. Signs, as a document : INKS
 
2. French silk : SOIE. Is this Tuesday?
 
3. Mailing label abbr. : ATTN
 
4. Surrounded by : AMIDST
 
5. Chicago's time zone : CENTRAL
 
6. "What a shame!" : TSK
 
7. Hodgepodge : OLIO
 
8. Miler or sprinter : RUNNER
 
9. Princess Leia's last name : ORGANA. I had no idea of this - is it common knowledge for most Star Wars fans?
 
10. Metaphorical coin that keeps turning up : BAD PENNY
 
11. Oak-to-be : ACORN
 
12. Painter Claude : MONET
 
13. "Well, gosh" : AW GEE
 
18. Stickier : GOOIER
 
22. Bic Clic __ pen : STIC
 25. Low singing voice : BASS
 
26. More than a melee : RIOT
 
27. "Casablanca" heroine : ILSA
 
28. Word before maiden names : NEE 

29. "The Godfather" enforcer Luca : BRASI
 
33. Finished : OVER
 
34. Saline sign of sadness : TEAR
 
35. Spanish "this" : ESTO
 
37. Pooh Bear's lament : OH, BOTHER

39. Police rank: Abbr. : DET

43. "Superstar" rapper __ Fiasco : LUPE. No idea.
 
45. Ones inflicting humiliation : ABASERS
 
48. Farm machine : REAPER
 
49. Fix, as a shoe : RESOLE. Seems this should be simply "Fix a shoe." What else would be fixed by resoling?

50. Thomas More's perfect world : UTOPIA
 
51. Chirpy birds : WRENS
 
52. Sun: Pref. : HELIO. All I had to go on at first was the O, which did not help. Is this Tuesday?
 
53. Honshu port : OSAKA
 
56. Theoretical matter involved in the Big Bang : YLEM. From Wikipedia: "Ylem is a term that was used by George Gamow, his student Ralph Alpher, and their associates in the late 1940s for a hypothetical original substance or condensed state of matter, which became subatomic particles and elements as we understand them today." Hello! It's Tuesday!

58. Lightning streak : BOLT
 
59. On the quiet side, at sea : ALEE
 
60. Cincinnati team : REDS
 
63. Slippery, as a road : ICY