Theme: FACE splitting grins. Each asterisked clue announces a theme entry that splits the word FACE down the middle and uses the halves as BOOK ENDS. They're not really intended to be amusing, but I do have to smile at the cleverness.
20. *Miss : FAIL TO NOTICE An ineptitde in keen powers of observation.
28. *Simulated living room feature : FAUX FIRE PLACE. A decorative mantle, perhaps a hearth, a psuedo-fire chamber, but not a place for a fire.
And the unifier 51. Headline that would shock the Internet community (or put another
way, hint to the divided word in each of the answers to starred clues) :
FACE BOOK ENDS. And a nice word play at no extra charge.
Hi gang, JazzzBumpa here. Let's see what these BOOK ENDS hold for us.
Theme: PUNCH LINES. Common descriptors for types of boxing punches are given new figurative definitions, with a humorous wallop.
17. Very angry, informally? : RIGHT CROSS Right means very, in this usage. The punch, delivered with the right hand, crosses over the opponent's leading arm. I believe Laila is delivering one above.
26. Tackle box item for liberals? : LEFT HOOK. Liberals are left-leaning- figuratively. The punch, delivered with the left hand, is powered by turning the core muscles of the back to swing the arm.
44. Chuck steak, for example? : UPPER CUT. Eating high in the cow. The punch involves an upward motion of the striking hand with the arm bent up at the elbow. It is usually targeted at the chin, and is most useful at short range.
And the unifier: 58. What 17-, 26- and 44-Across are, figuratively and literally : PUNCH LINES.
Plus a bonus: 18 D. Recover from a knockout : COME TO.
Hi gang, It's JzB making an atypical Thursday appearance. Let's fight our way through this puzzle.
This treat is composed of a campfire-toasted marshmallow sandwiched between graham crackers with a chunk of Hershey chocolate bar. I first learned of it many years ago when my sister was a Brownie. The S'MORE is a tradition on our family vacations.
I think of it in the singular since I only allow myself to have one.