NYT Sunday Puzzle – May 15, 2011

Since the last time I posted a correctly completed puzzle, I’ve actually finished three but either didn’t know an answer and guessed wrong or made a stupid mistake.

This puzzle’s theme relates to the accents of the main characters in the movie My Cousin Vinny, starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei. That would be a Brooklyn accent where the “th” sound becomes just a “t” as in “Toidy-toid and Toid.” Here, the answers to the clues have the “t” sound is at the end of a word resulting in — as often is the case in these puzzles — a wacky phrase.

NYT Sunday Puzzle - May 15, 2011

I saw the movie when it came out, thought it was hilarious and thorougly enjoyed it. Marisa Tomei received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance. Like many Hollywood stars, she got her start on a t.v. soap. For many years, I watched the now defunct As the World Turns. In the early 80’s, she played Marcie, a poor teenager from the wrong side of the tracks. Fast forward to a couple of years ago. J and the P.G. are having dinner at DBGB. A couple arrives and are seated at the very closely spaced adjacent table. Yup! It’s Marisa, now in her 40’s and (according to J) her significantly younger significant other.

Here’s a clip of Marisa on As the World Turns :

Oh, and that’s the comedienne Phyllis Diller playing the fairy godmother.

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