“THAT’S WHERE I WANT TO BE!” by Jacob Stulberg
Time to break out your sun dress, it’s the first day of winter! Make yourself a MAI TAI, flop into a beach chair and solve this puzzle!
That’s Where I Want To Be!
Constructor: Jacob Stulberg
Theme: Phrases that begin with things that complete the movie title “Beverly Hills ___”.
- 20A: NINJA TURTLES – Anthropomorphic superhero team named after Renaissance painters
- 28A: CHIHUAHUA CITY – Capital of a state with the same name
- 45A: COP AN ATTITUDE – Say “Do you know who I am?” after being called out for cutting in line, e.g.
- 52A: BEVERLY HILLS – Where you might find the starts of 20-, 28-, and 45-Across
Lena: So a COP, a NINJA, and a CHIHUAHUA walk into… BEVERLY HILLS? I came to understand the theme only because I know “Beverly Hills Cop” but I’m afraid that I don’t know anything about the rest of these BEVERLY HILLS movies. I was like “isn’t there one about a zip code?” <googling> Oof, nevermind, I’m completely secure in– proud of, even– my ignorance.
Michael: Hard as hell for me. Or … maybe not hard, but definitely a workout. I kept needing, like, every cross to get stuff (MEGAN, PLAYER, ARETHA). Also, there’s a “Beverly Hills Ninja”?
Ben: I’d heard of all these movies, but hadn’t seen any. Had to go down to the revealer and circle back around for everything except NINJA TURTLES. Suits me — the average difficulty of these puzzles has been pretty low anyway.
Lena: So this was basically just a l’il ol’ themeless for me and, while the grid isn’t much to look at, I get a few serious laughs from the clues. First, ET TU (9D: “Brutus you bitch!!!!”) (Michael: seconded). Second, SINE (34A: ___ wave (music genre that’s just you hit[ting] a tuning fork). I’ve been needing some good low-impact laughs, and these little guys hit the spot.
Ben: Both good answers. Also enjoyed 59A: Object of some frantic searches at coffee shops for OUTLET (I originally wanted SCONES) and 60D: Solution used by people who are really basic? for LYE.
Lena: HUH? (42A: Answer that probably won’t earn you any points on a game show unless the prompt is “This one-syllable sound usually indicates someone doesn’t know what you’re talking about.”) is a good BuzzChucklesome clue and 44A: Do nothing… or do something and say you’re doing nothing (LIE) is funny *and* brilliant!
Ben: There isn’t really much of note here other than the strong cluing — it’s a straightforward theme and a clean but simple fill. Maybe I’m just in the mood for immaturity, but 41D: Where you might put your balls before hitting your balls as hard as you can really made me laugh when I realised that TEES was the answer.
Lena: Confession: I have jokingly referred to my breasts and the breasts of others and the breastal areas of men as [Breasticles] (22A); to me it’s just silly, it’s a portmanteau of body sacs. I have NOT, however, called breasts/chests TATAS— that just sounds creepy. I imagine a grown man in a giant diaper saying it. Then I imagine me punching him.
Michael: Why would you DEVALUE breasts by linking them to scroti? Why? Horrible. Never heard “breasticles” til just now and my life is the poorer for it.
Lena: Don’t devalue scroti, Michael. You know those really ugly pets you feel bad for? It’s like that. I feel bad for balls. When people are like “you have to have some serious balls to do that” I’m like, yeah, because I wouldn’t care whether I lived or died if I was toting those sad sacs around too. *Everyone* knows breasts are the tits (see, things that are awesome are referred to as “the tits”) so maybe you should look at it as giving some VALUE to balls by linking them to breasts!
Ben: Days Without a Male Genitalia Reference – 0.