Dance partner for Fred / TUE 5-18-10 / TV husband of Phyllis / TV boss of Mary Richards / Hip-hopper's headgear / Little Munster
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Constructor: Peter A. Collins
Relative difficulty: Easy
THEME: MIXED RESULTS (56A: Unclear outcome ... or what can be found literally in 20-, 29- and 47-Across) — anagrams of "RESULTS" can be found in three theme answers
Word of the Day: OTTIS Anderson (54D: Super Bowl XXV M.V.P. ___ Anderson) —
Ottis Jerome "O.J." Anderson (born January 19, 1957 in West Palm Beach, Florida), is a former American football running back. He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press (AP) with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979, and the MVP of Super Bowl XXV in 1991 when playing with the New York Giants. (wikipedia) — I'm guessing the "O.J." nickname has fallen by the wayside ...
- 20A: Thief in a western (HORSE RUSTLER)
- 29A: Some metal frames (STEEL TRUSSES)
- 47A: Parliamentary procedure guide, familiarly (ROBERT'S RULES)
- 56A: Unclear outcome ... or what can be found literally in 20-, 29- and 47-Across (MIXED RESULTS)
And now a short write-up of my weekend trip to St. Maries, Idaho to celebrate my grandmother's 90th birthday. I have never seen all my mother's family in one place at one time, and most of the family in attendance I hadn't seen in anywhere from 7 to 22 years — my cousin John was shaking my hand and introducing his family as I was politely nodding, having no real idea whom I was talking to at first ... in my defense, I'd just gotten out of my car at the River Front Suites (on the banks of the Shadowy St. Joe River) after about 14 hours of travel, which began with my getting up at 4 a.m.
It was also a very crosswordy weekend. First of all, we ate dinner the night before the big party at CASA de ORO (two good Sp. xword words right there).
I promise I'll be back before your 100th birthday, grandma. ALOT.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld
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P.S. you can get a .puz (AcrossLite) or an easily printable .pdf version of the grandma birthday puzzle here (chez crosswordfiend.com). You can also print from here: