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Themeless 39

◆◆ · By JeffsPuzzles · Published 2 months ago

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  • JeffsPuzzles constructor · 2 months ago
    This one started with the clue/answer pair at 18 Across.  23 Down went in shortly thereafter, and it’s one of my favorite clue/answer pairs in any of my puzzles, if you'll excuse the self-pat on the back. 
    51 Down’s clue (“Altamira or Lascaux, e.g.”) references something on my bucket list that I’ll never be able to fulfill.  I’m fascinated by physical anthropology, and the art in these locations could illustrate the dictionary definition of “evocative.”  Alas, they’re closed to the public, so I’ll have to content myself with listening to the second track on The Royal Scam (link here: youtube.com/watch?v=m_5MtGCWImE&ab_channel=SteelyDan-Topic ), where Steely Dan captures some of the magic.
    • SporcleMirror 🤓15:38 · 2 months ago
      The PORTMANTEAU
      18A PORTMANTEAUWhen words collide?
      clue was so good (my favorite clue!) that it felt like it had to be the seed entry (though at first I thought the seeds were the crossing 15s). I got the converter part in the 23D
      23D EVANGELIZESIs a catalytic converter, maybe?
      clue, but I'm not sure I get the "catalytic" bit.
      53D
      53D ARUMFlowering plant that sounds like a pirate's drink order
      was the last mistake I had to correct. When I got there it felt like "Altamira" and "Lascaux" were just two random last names I didn't know, so I confidently typed in DAVE.
      SLOG
      40A SLOGToil
      is what today's LA Times themeless felt like, but definitely not this puzzle!
      • Larry Edelstein 🤓6:35 · 2 months ago
        I want to check out those places too. 18A
        18A PORTMANTEAUWhen words collide?
        , yes, a high point.
      • SporcleMirror 🤓15:38 · 2 months ago
        Also it feels like I'm feeling repetitive today. A bit like LYESOAP
        46A LYESOAPRedundant description of a certain cleaning product (which almost always contains the descriptor)
        perhaps.
        • JeffsPuzzles constructor · 2 months ago
          Entertaining responses from you, as always (no pressure!)! I intended the "catalytic" to mean spurring change (definitely less common than the chemical meaning)
        • Wally 21:28 · 2 months ago
          Incredible grid. Really good clues too, as always.
        • Glenn Scheyd 🤓15:09 · 2 months ago
          So many great clues. Excellent puzzle.
        1AYorkshire ____ (valley-filled national park in England)
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        1. 1A
          Yorkshire ____ (valley-filled national park in England)
        2. 6A
          Gerund maker
        3. 9A
          Sanction
        4. 13A
          ______ oneself (upset)
        5. 14A
          "Geeksta" rap
        6. 16A
          Hoffman/Beatty mega-flop that shares a name with a Babylonian goddess
        7. 17A
          Blended breakfast, some times
        8. 18A
          When words collide?
        9. 20A
          Rented
        10. 21A
          Relegation for some co-authors
        11. 22A
          Watson's breakthrough role
        12. 24A
          Like rotundas, usually
        13. 26A
          Bleed
        14. 27A
          "___ con dios" (farewell)
        15. 30A
          Father of Hector and Paris
        16. 32A
          How bad choices may be made
        17. 34A
          Stress reducer
        18. 38A
          Humble, practical types, according to astrologers
        19. 39A
          Restaurant sign responding to a non-existent "syndrome"
        20. 40A
          Toil
        21. 41A
          "Little ___" (Ronnie and the Daytonas song akin to the Beach Boys' "409")
        22. 42A
          Dissuade
        23. 46A
          Redundant description of a certain cleaning product (which almost always contains the descriptor)
        24. 49A
          Chill
        25. 50A
          Law that's brought health insurance to millions (acronym)
        26. 52A
          "I wouldn't hold my breath"
        27. 55A
          It's seen in Italy
        28. 57A
          Enable (or ban) development
        29. 58A
          NBC's 8H, e.g.
        30. 59A
          Was driven, in a way
        31. 60A
          "Appreciated"
        32. 61A
          Urge
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          Enero y Febrero, e.g.
        Down
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          Spaniard considered the first European to cross the Mississippi River
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          Spiritual retreat
        3. 3D
          Toe, cutesily
        4. 4D
          It's good but not Gouda
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          Buona ___
        6. 6D
          Task for one who knows how to score?
        7. 7D
          _____ lion (monster killed by Heracles)
        8. 8D
          Creak
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          10, at times
        10. 10D
          Cabbage that sounds like it should have dark eyes
        11. 11D
          India Simpson's middle name
        12. 12D
          Fling
        13. 13D
          Bird or human, e.g.
        14. 15D
          NIckname formed by removing "las"
        15. 19D
          In linguistics and other fields, model used to make predictions based on sequence samples
        16. 23D
          Is a catalytic converter, maybe?
        17. 25D
          Early Bond movie
        18. 28D
          Affirmative-sounding prog rock band
        19. 29D
          NCR product
        20. 31D
          Some gov't investigators
        21. 32D
          Scientist familiar with current events?
        22. 33D
          FINRA predecessor
        23. 34D
          Walgreens rival
        24. 35D
          It's slippery but may be refined
        25. 36D
          Pelvic floor problem
        26. 37D
          Some bird houses
        27. 41D
          Vezina Trophy recipient
        28. 43D
          Famous Bengali poet/playwright/composer
        29. 44D
          "InformationWeek" and "Computerworld," e.g.
        30. 45D
          Extended a meter, e.g.
        31. 47D
          Words to a backstabber
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          Like a glade or a gangster
        33. 50D
          Play parts or plays parts
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          Altamira or Lascaux, e.g.
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          Flowering plant that sounds like a pirate's drink order
        36. 54D
          Neuwirth or Rexha
        37. 56D
          BBC competitor
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