Today's time: 14:13, a new record!
Today's puzzle is by Ned White, and the theme is HEAD OVER HEELS ("one way to fall in love") as described by several themed entries: NUMERO UNO directly above SCOUNDREL, BIG WHEEL two lines above DIRTY RAT, and TOP BANANA directly above NOGOODNIK. I must say the placement and the choice of terms for both HEAD and HEEL are frightfully clever, but I disagree that HEAD OVER HEELS is "a hint to the answers in the starred clues." Since those answers have their own clues ("honcho" and "louse," repeatedly), I would say rather that they are hints to the main answer; that is, they help visualize the saying HEAD OVER HEELS.
Remember RBIS? It may further interest you to know that "they're usually not credited after errors."
I know who Zac EFRON is, but not Neighbors, which I assumed was a TV show.
The first thing that popped into my head for "lepidopterist's need" is *PIN. It's NET.
For "Tahoe or Taos, e.g." I was at a loss. Each is a RESORT. I kept thinking, town?
Hey, it's RUDI Gernreich again, last seen September 5! Still making clothes --- here again, the monokini --- that show off women's boobs. Oh la la! Rudi, you little minx! His last name means "enjoy being rich" in German.
Hip-hop's SYD tha Kyd, I hardly knew ye. In fact, I don't know ye at all. I guess ye are famous to the youths.
"1961 Project Mercury chimp" is entirely new to me. ENOS was the test chimp, first chimp in orbit. I expected to find out that he died alone and cold in a space capsule that drifted from orbit, but actually, like some idiot on the Oregon Trail, he died of dysentery.
So, I was thinking of *CHAIM POTOK for "Fiddler on the Roof star." Potok, of course, is the well-known author of The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev. The real answer, CHAIM TOPOL, is known only for his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. I suppose being on the roof with a bird's eye view like that makes him an expert on topology. ...No?
And then there's Potok's brother, NOTOK. Ha! I kid. That's NOT O.K.
I didn't know there was a RODIN Museum in Philadelphia. It's the only museum dedicated to Rodin outside France.
OLA, properly olá, is a greeting in Brazil.
"STOP-GO" traffic? Not "stop-and-go" traffic? Hmmm. Results for "stop-go traffic" on Google: 39,900, and many of those have an ampersand. Results for "stop-and-go traffic:" 649,000. I call foul.
Clever clues: "It grows in the dark" is PUPIL. "Its home is on the range" is BURNER. "They're tired" is AUTOS. "Range units" is MTNS and not *BTUS!
And I'm done for today. EUR welcome to STA, though.
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