“Bowl Season” by Matt Gaffney
Time – 11:20
It’s a double bowl puzzle today. The first word in each theme answer refers to a U.S. college football bowl game, and the second word refers to another type of bowl.
23A. [Florida Flakes or Swamp Crunch?] is GATOR CEREAL. I didn’t see any gators in Orlando. Or Tigers.
29A. [What covers the original Constitution?] is LIBERTY DUST. Epcot’s American Adventure also covers the original Constitution.
64A. [Breathable appetizer?] is a COTTON SALAD.
103A. [Start of a Cancun altercation?] could be a FIESTA PUNCH. I rode the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at Epcot’s Mexico pavillion. Kind of like It’s a Small World without the annoying song.
111A. [Where Jim Bowie went to the bathroom?] is the ALAMO TOILET. I rented a car from Alamo sister company National but refrained from using their facilities. Any puzzle with ALAMO TOILET is ok by me.
39A. [Cream of pumpkin or squash puree?] is ORANGE SOUP. We need this one because there isn’t enough orange on this new site.
44D. [Florist's job with a Valentine's Day bouquet?] is ROSE MIXING.
Five(!) bonus references to most outstanding player in collegiate football award:
31A. [2009 Heisman Trophy finalist Toby] GERHART.
57A. [2009 Heisman Trophy finalist (and 2007 winner) Tim] TEBOW.
90A. [2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark] INGRAM.
94A. [2009 Heisman Trophy finalist Ndamukong] SUH. His first name translates to “need all crossings”.
107A. [2009 Heisman Trophy finalist Colt] MCCOY.
Even more football:
22A. ["Big" Bill Parcells' nickname] – TUNA. There appears to be no limits to how far we’ll go to reference football today.
34A. [1980 NFL MVP Brian] SIPE.
1A. [Trumpet great MILES Davis.]
53D. ["Does Your Mother Know" band] – ABBA.
61A. PEABO [Bryson of pop]. Disney!
73A. [John WAITE with the 1984 #1 hit "Missing You".]
87D. ["A Little Respect" band] is ERASURE. Not Disney!
60A. [Bond issue?] is FLEMING. Ian FLEMING.
79A. [Whistler or Chamonix] – SKI RESORT. You will be seeing a lot of Whistler in February as the Winter Olympics come back to Canada, in direct competition with the ACPT.
10D. [Breakfast pioneer John Harvey] KELLOGG, crossing the CEREAL bowl!
42D. ["Garden State" actor] is Zach BRAFF. New to me. He also wrote and directed it. And, perhaps, coached the football team.
I’m 120A. [Exhausted] – SPENT, so bye until next week! In the meantime, follow my 65A. [Expressions of 140 characters maximum] TWEETS here.