“Pin Numbers” by Harvey Estes – 11:09
Theme: 62A. [Bowling challenge, and this puzzle’s theme] – SEVEN TEN SPLIT. SEVEN is split between words on the left side of the grid; ten is split between words on the right side of the grid.
A very clever effort from Harvey Estes. I wonder if he is a bowler?
23A. [Clearance, for example] – SALES EVENT
35A. [Later today] – THIS EVENING
81A. [Former governor who co-starred in 1987’s “Predator”] – JESSE VENTURA. How to clue JESSE VENTURA without saying “wrestling”.
107A. [Has no profit or loss] – BREAKS EVEN
25A. [Agree to a merger] – GET ENGAGED. A shotgun wedding would be an acquisition.
51A. [Shut-in’s aide] – PRIVATE NURSE
90A. [Talk of London, informally] – BRIT ENGLISH
109A. [Neutralizing waves] – WHITE NOISE. I think that is what you hear solving championship puzzles. Question to those of you who have experienced it: What does it sound like?
84A. [Maine flag feature] – PINE TREE. The ten is heading backwards to hit the seven, as in this clip:
5A. [Socially dominant] – ALPHA. ALPHA totally dominates the Bits in the cereal.
21A. [“Everything’s curious today” speaker] – ALICE
30A. [Tribe in some logic puzzles] – LIARS. Someone please explain.
48A. [Tendon-protecting bones] – PATELLAS. How to clue PATELLA without saying “knee”.
72A. [Flautist Jean-Pierre] – RAMPAL
98A. [No faster] – EATER. Good clue.
99A. [Supreme authority?] – MOTOWN
113A. [Filer’s worry] – AUDIT. File properly and no need to worry.
1D. [Maggie Simpson’s sister] – LISA. A rare Simpson’s reference.
16D. [Prop for Groucho] – CIGAR/17D. [Tex who created Bugs Bunny] – AVERY
35D. [Writer’s wrongs] – TYPOS. All my solving errors are TYPOS. Honset.
37D. [Rudy with a megaphone] – VALLEE
44D. [Caret’s key] – SIX. I peeked.
53D. [The power behind the thrown?] – UMP. Another good clue.
59D. [Scarlett’s friend] – MELANIE
92D. [Singer Stefani] – GWEN
93D. [Julius fired on the air by Arthur Godfrey] – LAROSA
94D. [Pierre Curie’s wife] – MARIE. Amy, how do you feel about “she’s someone’s wife” clues?
103D. [Its products appear in many stories] – OTIS. I don’t go it. Oh! Elevators!
104D. [KISS’s biggest hit] – BETH
79D. [Bottom line] – SUM. Bottom line is this is a very cool puzzle.