Word Count: 70
Average Length: 5.57
Difficulty: 5 out of 5
Here’s a challenging themeless built around three grid-spanners: a terrific book from the great Haruki Murakami, a classic line from a very funny baseball movie, and a fervent wish about our nation’s capital. Enjoy and share!
10A: Walter is one of my favorite authors. His characters – labor organizers, reformed criminals, active criminals, movie stars, poets – come alive, and he writes with deep feeling and sharp wit.
45A: I’m not sure how many people remember him – he’s still alive and kicking at 94 – but Sahl is credited as the first modern stand-up comic, and his political satire inspired Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and many others.
60A: I refuse to clue this by reference to my local baseball team so soon after they traded so many stars (especially to the Dodgers!).
4D: Another favorite author of mine, Murakami’s novels brim over with music, magic, and close attention to his characters’ internal lives.
10D: Here’s a link to the clip, which follows the memorable line “He’s a juvenile delinquent in the off-season, in his Major League debut.” The quote is around the 54 second mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_wc9JvTXGc.