I pulled out 49A Operation that yields the remainder from dividing two numbers, in math lingo: MOD because it’s not just math lingo but programming lingo. An early, early thing they teach in Python is modulo (mod), and the symbol for it, %. So 7 % 2 (seven mod two) is 1 because its 3 remainder 1, and all we care about is the remainder.
There was no theme for this puzzle.
20A Specs for a modiste: DRESSSIZES. A fashionable milliner or dressmaker. 32A “Wow, that’s wild!”: WHATATRIP. 47A Most times: ORDINARILY.
I pulled out 64A Nothing to write home about: SOSO because it’s a bad answer for this puzzle. 28D “That seems likely”: IIMAGINESO means that SO and SO don’t just appear twice as answers but intersect. So? Well, SOSOSO. But it gets worse! 16D So: ERGO. These aren’t theme answers. They’re sloppy. How sloppy? SOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSO sloppy.
There were long answers, but there was no theme. That’s SO Friday. Thanks, Will Shortz!
1A Peak climbed in the 2018 Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo”: ELCAPITAN. 14A Catholic university outside Philadelphia: VILLANOVA. Now I know where Nova is! 17A Cheating sort: ADULTERER. 20A Cozy seating for outdoor reading: PORCHSWING. 31A Last straw on “Family Feud”: THIRDSTRIKE. 42A Southern cocktail made with crème de menthe, crème de cacao and cream: GRASSHOPPER. Also someone who buys French fats? 52A Result of multiple paper cuts?: FINALDRAFT. What must this puzzle have been before? 60A Translation of some loud yawns: INEEDANAP. 63A Not last: COMEANDGO. 65A “Wait, just listen”: HEARMEOUT. 9D Unit for several detectives on “The Wire”: NARCOTICS. I had tried MAJORCRIMES. Didn’t fit. HOMICIDE? Too short. VICE? PROPERTY? MARINEUNIT? EVIDENCE? 12D It’s found around a crime scene: POLICETAPE. I had EVIDENCE? CLUES? FINGERPRINTS? 33D Response to unfair criticism: THATSRICH. Initially I had put THATS(T/R)ASH because I thought it might be one of those puzzles. Nope! Just a SOSOSOSOSO one.
I pulled out 1D Stumbling syllables: UHS because I had UMS there the whole game. I couldn’t figure out what I’d done wrong. Then I tried the H, and that was that. Now I know that the 13A Native Rwandan: HUTU. Clearly I have much to learn.
If I didn’t write this blog, I wouldn’t have understood the theme.
19A Land___: DISPOSALAREA. 22A ___more and more: PRESIDENTS. 40A I___, for one: NEWSCASTER.
48A Test format … or a hint to understanding three of this puzzle’s clues: FILLINTHEBLANK. Now, I’d filled this in with MULTIPLECHOICE. It was wrong. It never was multiple choice.
So why fill in the blank?
19A LandFILL: DISPOSAL AREA. 22A FILLmore and more: PRESIDENTS. Millard Fillmore. Not on the list of baby names when that time comes. 40A IFILL, for one: NEWSCASTER because Gwen Ifill.
I pulled out 14A Cookie that has been deemed kosher since 1997: OREO because I remember when this happened. I’d grown up eating Hydrox, the cookie that Oreo copied and that helped nationally recognized kosher symbols rise to prominence. But even after they’d stopped using lard or whatever was making it not kosher in their ingredients, I didn’t eat oreos for months, lest the ones in front of me were from the old pre-kosher run. Now I keep oreos in the freezer because they’re way better frozen. Also freezing the cookies fixes the staleness that seems to plague some sleeves in the Costco boxes.
This puzzle’s theme made a splash.
17A Porky’s significant other: PETUNIAPIG -> PE[T]UN[I][A][P]IG -> TNIAP | PAINT. 11D Somewhat: UPTOAPOINT -> U[P]TO[A]PO[I][N][T] -> PAINT. 29D Where you might find love away from home?: TENNISCAMP -> [T]E[N]N[I]SC[A]M[P] -> TNIAP | PAINT. 61A _ station, Central London railway terminal: PADDINGTON -> [P][A]DD[I][N]G[T]ON -> PAINT.
53A With 21-Across, artist known to 39-Across pigments back and forth onto canvases: JACKSON POLLOCK.
39A Make art like 53-/21-Across (as suggested by this puzzle’s circled letters?): DRIBBLE.
I pulled out 7D Best Musical Tony winner of 1975, with “The”: WIZ and 9D Cousin of a trumpet: CORNET because when I was a child, I was in a production of The Wiz through the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts, which was at The Coronet Theater in LA. I could have sworn there was a sign out front of a cornet, but a small crown is not the same as a trumpetlike instrument.
This puzzle has a pieceful theme.
16A Inject new life into: REVITALIZE. Literally what that means. 24A Bridge and highway designers: ENGINEERS. Nobody ever remembers the train operators. 44A Hawaii _ National Park: VOLCANOES. I had initially put in HALEAKALA, but that wasn’t it. 57A End of the world: APOCALYPSE. Yes.
36A Technology used by smartphones nowadays … or a hint to the ends of 16-, 24-, 44- and 57-Across: FACERECOGNITION.
I pulled out 44A Make giggle, say: AMUSE because it’s just 20 days till the wedding, and if I can make Calah giggle for years to come, that will be good, right?
The theme of this puzzle is contained in 1A With 68-Across, what the trio in this puzzle’s clues is trying to promote: JAZZ SHOW.
20A The first member of the trio said he’d …: TOOTHISOWNHORN. Very humble. 38A The second member of the trio said he’d …: PULLSOMESTRINGS. Kind. 53A The third member of the trio said she’d …: DRUMUPBUSINESS. A real go-getter.
I pulled out 50A Deck builder’s tool: NAILER because I have never heard a nail gun called that. Also when building a deck, I recommend screws instead. Now, I’ve never built a deck, but I’ve built other things, and deck screws seem like they’d be way more durable.
This puzzle was shockingly basic for a Saturday.
But I guess when you start out with 1A Popular brand of alcoholic seltzer: WHITECLAW, how can it be anything but?
I like regular seltzer in a few different situations, but seltzer is the best for egg creams and to drink right after eating ice cream.
If you’ve not had an egg cream, you simply gotta.
You mix milk and chocolate syrup together to make chocolate milk. And then you add sparkling water.
I pulled out 2D Kind of treatment: ROYAL because that was holding me up from getting this pule done many minutes faster. For a long time, I’d had LOCAL in there instead. It made sense, I guess. LOCAL anesthetic, LOCAL bus, LOCAL dessert. But it was ROYAL instead. That let me knock out 17A Revelation: EYEOPENER and 4D Solid: STOUT.
No theme today, which is kind of a shame after some decent ones recently.
44A Spot of coffee?: BREAKROOM was a meh answer. I get the pun, but I don’t particularly like it.
I learned a little bit about geography with 41A Tasmania’s capital: HOBART.
64A Attraction at a water park: LAZYRIVER. I think the slides are far superior to the lazy river. I wouldn’t go to a water park to seek out the lazy river. But maybe I’m spoiled living walking distance from the ocean.