Sunday puzzles don’t get much easier than this one. I started it Saturday evening in NJ, worked on it for about 45 minutes, and finished it in about 15 minutes on Sunday morning in NYC.
Title: Letting Go Of
It didn’t take much to figure out the theme. Answers to the major clues omit the word “of” from common expressions
23A. Diet? = Battle the Bulge
31A. Be very successful at fishing? = Land plenty
37A. Do a clerk’s work at a morgue? = Book the dead
50A. Throw large bank notes around? = Cast thousands
67A. Take advantage of good Samaritans? = Milk human kindness
86A. Forge some personal notes? = Doctor letters
94A. Outdo one’s buddies? = Best friends
103A. Be a sadistic masseuse? = Pound flesh
118A. Send for a special bridal accessory? = Order the garter
Some other answers:
1A. Spiderwoman? Answer: Arachne. In Greek mythology, the goddess Athena turned the human Arachne into a spider.
22A. Wife of Alexander the Great. Answer: Roxana. News to me.
79A. Bathroom fixture. Answer: Bidet. Not commonly found in US bathrooms.
105D. Animal or vegetable fat, e.g. Answer: Ester.