I hope you’re all looking your best nowadays, due to the fact Erik Agard is going to attempt to do the impossible: He’s going to try and take an image of each person. Everyone huddle close and say “Cheese!”
40A: I will admit to laughing a chunk at this one. What seems to be a line from the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is simply a commentary on having just eaten. The solution to “Had a touch lamb, say?” is ATE.
47A: For people who don’t recall their grade school artwork classes, ROY G. BIV is a mnemonic for the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, inexperienced, blue, indigo and violet.
11D: Hi, youngsters! Once upon a time, people danced pretty close and even held each different while they were dancing. If someone desired to bop together with your associate at the same time as you had been in the center of a dance, they would say, “May I reduce it?” to that, you were supposed to reply: “No, leave. I’ve labored truly hard to get this near any other person.” On nowadays’s dance floors, however, in which humans can dance with every different without a doubt being in the equal ZIP code, “May I reduce it?” could in all likelihood now not make like a whole lot sense.
31D/44D: Ah, NINA SIMONE. If you are not familiar along with her wondrous voice and interpretation of the jazz general “I Put a Spell on You,” give this a concentrate:
34D: Nice shout out to TEEN VOGUE, which gained the 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage. It’s now not only a fashion magazine for teenagers.
42D: “Way!” has been a comeback to “No way!” for the long term. It became a thing in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” and I’m pretty certain it turned into also an issue in “Wayne’s World”:
Mr. Agard gives us a fixed of four, -phrase phrases which can be very lively on their own — but wait, as a wise guy once stated, there’s extra.
Not simplest is the topic entries crossed, that’s a stylish and complex grid design, however, the crossed revealer at 38A/28D hints at what we need to do to determine out the subject matter, apart from smile for the digital camera. If we positioned the word SHOTS (28D) after each of the phrases in each topic word, we get a brand new phrase. For instance, at 17A, the answer to the clue “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band with the hits ‘The Flame’ and ‘I Want You to Want Me’” is CHEAP TRICK. If we “GROUP” the one’s SHOTS that we’re adding to the topic phrases, we get CHEAP SHOT and TRICK SHOT.