Word Count: 70
Average Length: 5.51
Difficulty: 4.5 out of 5
After last week’s excursion into immoderate inanity, here’s a straightforward themeless. Please share with gusto and flair; please comment if you’re so inclined.
17A: I believe this is a universal phenomenon; I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit we have three of these in our kitchen.
24A: The proud home of Lagavulin, which crafts wonderful whiskies. I love their 16 year old offering (see photo above); that and the Balvenie Double Wood (non-peaty) are my go-to Scotches.
50A: “It’s better to burn out than to fade away” – one of my favorite Neil Young lines, though not as good as “This much madness is too much sorrow,” which could have been the theme song for the administration of he-who-shall-not-be named (45).
8D: Notable example: the turtle from Kentucky
53D: This was a new one on me, but apparently, it’s a disparaging term aimed at the less physically gifted (such as yours truly). I checked its currency with my younger son, who is a baseball player and has heard it before. It’s “in the language,” just not one I speak. By the way, it stands for Non-Athletic Regular Person.
55D: Suboptimal fill, to be sure. I thought that there was a current famous person with this surname (not Matthew of The Americans fame, who spells it Rhys), but other than a bevy of Welsh rugby and football (soccer) players, I was wrong.