Monday July 27, 2020 Matt McKinley



Theme: Even Numerical Order



17. Chicago-based improv group, with "The": SECOND CITY.


23. Imagined barrier between actor and audience: FOURTH WALL.


34. Beethoven's "Pastoral" or Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique": SIXTH SYMPHONY.


45. Musical symbol also called a quaver: EIGHTH NOTE.


56. When Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson, in a classic 1990 bout: TENTH ROUND.


Boomer here.  


TWO, FOUR, SIX, EIGHT,  Who do we appreciate?  Monday puzzles are GREAT.  I checked with Tony the Tiger while he was eating a bowl of Frosted Flakes.


Across:


1. Really easy task: CINCH.  Will the Twins win the AL Central ?


6. Serious cut: GASH.  Remember the old golf balls?  you could GASH them with a 9 iron and peel the cover and unwind the rubber band.  Not anymore. 




10. Sect. on a concert ticket: ORCH. Orchestra.


14. In flames: AFIRE.


15. Brink: EDGE.  Reminds me of EDGErton Minnesota.  A very small town where the High School basketball team won the state championship about 40 years ago.


16. Dodgers or Cubs: TEAM.  Twins or White Sox?


19. Semester: TERM.


20. Bit of memorabilia: KEEPSAKE.  Last Friday was opening day for the Twins and many other major league teams. On a shopping trip to Target, I wore my Justin Morneau T-shirt and my Twins baseball cap which I have adorned with many KEEPSAKE stadium giveaway pins and buttons.  I probably have $150.00 worth of collectors items on the hat and it's fairly heavy to wear, but "BATTER UP"!


21. Bee secretion: WAX.  The Hollywood WAX museum has many notables, including: Robin Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis (Who needs no surname), Frank Sinatra, and James Dean.


22. Camera type, for short: SLR.


28. Old fast fliers: SSTS.  Super Sonic Transports.  Sometimes when they flew overhead we could hear a loud BOOM.  I suppose you could call them a loud Boomer, which others have sometimes called me.


30. Dallas region inset on a Texas atlas page, e.g.: AREA MAP.  An unfortunate area now dealing with many coronavirus cases.


31. Really tiny: WEE.  Michelle Wie is not so tiny.  Now a Mom named Michelle Wie West.


32. Photographed: SHOT.


33. Fingers in a lineup: IDS.  The IDS Center is a 57 story tower and a landmark of Minneapolis.  I remember when it was built around 1970.  Now other skyscrapers are not allowed to go higher than the IDS.


38. Philip of "Kung Fu": AHN.


39. Regrets: RUES.


40. Barely make, with "out": EKE.  I know many of you solvers barely EKE out crosswords, but usually not on Monday.


41. Pool stick protector: CUE CASE.  A lot of pro pool cues are two pieces screwed together, and need to be separated to fit in the case.



43. Lat. and Ukr., formerly: SSRS.  Maybe so, but I see Super Seniors which is my level in bowling tournaments.  I am still waiting for a vaccine before rolling the ball again.


47. Hoopla: ADO.  Much ADO about nothing.


50. Fairway position: LIE.  Also what some of my golf friends do about their score.


51. Mattress you can "float" on: WATERBED.  Never had one of these. Since our bedroom is in an upper floor, I would be afraid the weight would crash through the floor and we would be sleeping in the garage.


54. Fellow, to a Brit: CHAP.  Sometimes my lips in the winter in Minnesota.


58. Fastening device: HASP.


59. "Not a __": "No idea": CLUE.  I think it was done by Miss Scarlet with the rope in the kitchen.


60. Pasta sauce herb: BASIL.


61. Online craft shop: ETSY.  Never used it.  I get my Boondoggle from Kwik Crafts.



62. Conks on the head: BOPS.


63. Outlaw, to a sheriff: ENEMY.


Down:


1. Oak containers: CASKS.  Minnesota passed a mandatory mask law last week.  "Mask it or Casket"


2. "It's my opinion ... ": I FEEL.  "I feel Pretty and Witty and Wise"  Julie Andrews


3. More kind: NICER. A Zamboni is a NICER ICER.



4. Farm yield: CROP.  We had a late Spring but I think the farmers are doing fine now.  Your farm girl C.C. has tomatoes and cucumbers growing high as an elephant's eye.


5. Farm cluckers: HENS.  I know I mentioned this before, but my uncle in Siren, Wisconsin had dozens of noisy HENS.


6. Lizards like the Geico mascot: GECKOS.  "Just kick it back to over 75 years of sales and service"


7. French farewell: ADIEU. I will hang my heart on the weeping willow tree, and may the world go well with thee..


8. Cpl.'s superior: SGT.  We're SGT Pepper's lonely hearts club band, We hope you will enjoy the show! The Beatles, of course.


9. "Psst!": HEY.  Hey, Hey Paula!



10. Canada's capital: OTTAWA.  AKA OTTAWA EH.  USA Covid outbreak scared off the MLB.  The Blue Jays are playing in upstate New York.


11. Check out again, as a patient: RE-EXAMINE.  I used to be examined every three months.  Now, due to Covid, my doctor just examines my blood draw.


12. Train unit: CAR.


13. "I'm thinking": HMM.


18. Bonkers: DAFT.


21. If: WHETHER.


24. Obama chief of staff Emanuel: RAHM.  After a big win at Memorial ten days ago, I did not see Jon RAHM at our 3M Open this past week.  His tax bracket must have gone up.



25. Stadium in St. Pete, with "The": TROP.  Tropicana Field, home of the RAYS.



26. Gaga or Godiva: LADY. "Seventeen, a beauty queen, she made a ride that caused a scene in the town."  Peter and Gordon.


27. Record albums, briefly: LPS.  Wow, I only have about 8.  They are collector's items.  I have nothing to play them on.


28. Census datum: SEX.


29. Unvarying fee: SET RATE.  A lot of investment firms no longer charge for trades.


31. Cabernet holder: WINEGLASS.


32. NES part: Abbr.: SYS.


34. Feng __: SHUI.  Not my language.


35. "Quiet!": HUSH.  "Hush, Hush sweet Charlotte." Patti Page.


36. Observed: SEEN.


37. Approves: OKS.


38. Royal flush card: ACE. I have only hit one royal flush on a casino poker machine.  It was at Treasure Island in Southern Minnesota. Playing five nickels and won $200.00.


42. Marked by contentiousness, as a game: CHIPPY.  Also a bit of a short shot near the greenie.


43. Idaho and Iowa: STATES. I think we forgot INDIANA and ILLINOIS.


44. Actor Rogen: SETH.



46. Admit (to): OWN UP.  I admit it.  While you are doing this puzzle, I am playing golf.


47. Seriously overdo, as a privilege: ABUSE.


48. Dungarees fabric: DENIM.  I used to call them blue jeans. I did not wear them - never comfortable.


49. "Strange to say ... ": ODDLY.


52. Kathryn of "Law & Order: C.I.": ERBE.  ODDLY, I do not watch Criminal Intent.  I only like the original Law & Order.


53. Equine hue: ROAN.  Maybe we will see one in the Kentucky Derby in September ?


54. Michael of "SNL": CHE.



55. Stetson __: HAT.  Named after John B. Stetson and only seen on "In the Heat of the Night".


56. Getting the job done, initially: TCB.  "Takin' Care of Business".  Bachman, Turner, Overdrive.


57. "Xanadu" rock gp.: ELO.


Boomer


Note from C.C.:
 
In case you were not here the past two days, Husker Gary has updated our Crossword Corner map. Please email Gary (gschlapfer@gmail.com) if you want your name to be added or removed from the map.


Thanks for your hard work, Gary! You're just incredible! #MattMcKinley #Monday
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