Title: I Heard You the First Time
Since the start of 2013, finishing a Sunday puzzle without mistakes has eluded me. But I finally managed to do so. I figured out what the title meant very early with 112-Across being a dead giveaway. Overall, I found this puzzle pretty easy.
Theme: In the answers to the major clues, one word is repeated.
22A. Somewhat redundant 1965 country song? = Green Green Grass of Home
30A. Somewhat redundant Milton Bradley game? = Hungry Hungry Hippos
49A. Somewhat redundant size? = Extra extra large
64A. Somewhat redundant 1960’s spy series? = The Wild Wild West
83A. Somewhat redundant literary genre? = Short short story
100A. Somewhat redundant theater production? = Off Off Broadway show
112A. Extremely redundant 1963 caper film? = It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Some data points:
6A. Gray piece. Answer: Poem. That would be 18th Century English poet Thomas Gray, whose most famous poem is, “Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard.”
80A. Elton John Nickname. Answer: Reg. I hadn’t the foggiest idea what the answer could be but got it by filling in everything else in that part of the grid. Still, I was curious, so I Googled and discovered that his given name was Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
76D. Proust’s “E la Recherche du Temps _____.” Answer: Perdu (Lost). Someone at the Times did not proofread carefully as there is a mistake. It should be “A la….” While the title has come to be known in English as “Remembrance of Things Past,” the exact translation is “In
Search of Times Lost.”
85D. 1950’s TV star Duncan. Answer: Renaldo. In the weekly Western show “The Cisco Kid,” he played Cisco. His sidekick Pancho was played by Leo Carillo. I loved watching it. The shows always ended with one of them making a corny joke then laughing together and saying, “Oh, Ceesco!” “Oh, Pancho!”