“S&L Deposits” by Charles Oldham – 13:01
Here’s an actual quote from an email sent to a colleague today:
Thanks [...] but I didn’t just fall off the back of the turnip truck…..I have a long time friend who is a mucky muck in the …
Suffice to say that my colleague was correct and the emailer was wrong despite his friend.
Xwordinfo.com tells me that TURNIP TRUCK has appeared once in a New York Times. It was a theme answer, with the clue being [Food transportation that a rube might fall off] (Randolph Hartman, Sept 25, 2007).
Mucky muck seems wrong. MUCKETY MUCK has also appeared once, also a theme answer (Peter Gordon, September 25, 2000). Is Turnip Truck Guy wrong again? What’s the verdict on Mucky Muck? Who would you describe as a Mucky Muck? Does anyone use this term? Wonderboy? Wow, how did this escape me?
22A. [Invention for lazy equestrians?] – SADDLING MACHINE from adding machine. I used an adding machine when I could barely count to help my father balance ledger sheets and today I’m an accountant.
34A. [Fowl that's not too demanding to raise?] – EASY GOSLING from easy going.
41A. [Store specializing in coaching equipment?] – WHISTLE HOUSE from white house.
63A. [Place to keep a starter's pistol?] – SPORTS ARSENAL from sports arena
69A. [Reach an acquittal in a police brutality case?] – ABSOLVE THE LAW from above the law. Does police brutality pass the breakfast test?
90A. [Charity for naked young sheep?] – SHEARLING AID from hearing aid. Do naked young sheep pass the breakfast test? (see also 124A. [Get naked] – STRIP)
98A. [Sales pitch that eschews boasts?] – HUMBLE SPIEL from humble pie
115A. [Studio of a designer who forbids the use of sequins?] – NO SPARKLING ZONE from no parking zone.
21A. [Intend to] – SHALL from 91D. [Computer voiced by Douglas Rain] – HAL
30A. [America's Cup entrant] – SLOOP from oop which rhymes with 70D. [Betty of cartoons] – BOOP
40A. [Acts like a bear] – SELLS from els
17D. [David's weapon] – SLING from ing
28D. [Company man?] – SOLDIER from odier
35D. [Screw feature] – SLOT from ot
46D. [Idyllic valley in the Kunlun Mountains] – SHANGRI-LA from hangria
56D. [Good place to dye] – SALON from aon
58D. [Agronomists' samples] – SOILS from ois
74D. [Contract stuff] – SMALL PRINT from malprint
90D. [1973 Woody Allen movie] – SLEEPER from eeper
(I suppose it is possible some of these aren’t actually theme answers. I just want to be complete.)
1A. [Toothy swimmer] – PIRANHA. When there’s a PIRANHA at 1 across you had better stay alert for the whole puzzle.
33A. [___ Michele of "Glee"] – LEA. My favorite music show now that American Idol is off the air. (See 105D. [Tongue-in-cheek humor] – IRONY)
68A. [Identify] – PEG
109A. [Saturn's fourth-largest moon] – DIONE. Top three are Titan, Rhea and Iapetus.
6D. [It may come down hard on you] – HAIL. Breakfast test!
10D. [Cornbread item] – ASH CAKE. What a horrible name for something to eat.
14D. ["Of course it was me"] – WHO ELSE? I take all the blame for this post.
43D. [Experiencing a bad situation] – IN THE SOUP. I prefer kreplach in my soup.
47D. [Waterloo setting] – IOWA. Also Ontario.
63D. [Chowderhead] – SCHMO. See Mucky muck.
99D. ["Yup"] – UH HUH. You have 5 spaces and can only use H and U. Go!
4D. ["Your point being?"] – AND…5D. [Nothing] – NIL…