Theme: Being in Agreement. Common expressions indicating agreement are reimagined as being directed to their most amusingly appropriate recipients. And, impressively, they are all grid spanners. Rather an unusual approach. Let's have a look.
17 A. Yes, to a cowboy? : YOU BET YOUR BOOTS. Evidently, this expression goes back to the old west ,where a good pair of boots was as important as a reliable horse. These days, they also make a fashion statement.
27 A. Yes, to an architect? : SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN. Bit of wordplay here, equating a plan of action with a design drawing of a proposed structure.
43 A. Yes, to a traffic court judge? : SUITS ME JUST FINE. The traffic court judge is likely to issue a FINE, but there are other possibilities with this one. Law SUITS are also settled in court, or one might obtain a SUIT of clothes from a haberdasher, and thus become SUITED in a FINE way.
Judges' suits are rather drab
54. Yes, to the Magic 8 Ball : IT IS DECIDEDLY SO. The Magic 8 Ball has been available since the 1950's and is manufactured by Mattel. It provides one of 20 possible answers to yes/no type questions. IT IS DECIDEDLY SO is one of the 10 positive answers that the Ball might provide. The other 10 responses are evenly divided between negative and non-committal.
Hi, Gang - JazzBumpa here, and in an agreeable frame of mind. My last Blog outing at the Corner was a hair raising experience, coincidentally, also with Bruce. Our stars also aligned back in January, so this is getting to be a bit of a habit. Let's see if we can have positive responses to all of today's crossword questions.