Binding this puzzle together is a mini-theme with the words “band, bend, bind, Bond and bund” (alphabetically), and (57A Actor Brando) MARLON for Monday! The second halves of RUBBERBAND (17A Elastic holder), SOUTHBEND (25A Home of Notre Dame), SPELLBIND (36A Entrance, as through oratory), JAMESBOND (51A Ian Fleming creation) and GERMANBUND (60A 1930s political group) are the glue for this nifty little Monday puzzle! Besides Brando, other references to the world of show-biz and art include MOMA (14A N.Y.C. cultural center), DIANE (24A “Cheers” woman), YUK (34A Three Stooges laugh), YMCA (43A 1978 hit with the lyric “You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal”) ETHAN (64A Filmmaker Coen), AMRADIO (1D Medium for mostly news and talk these days), RCA (7D Color TV pioneer) SKA (10D Jamaican music) KINNEAR (11D Greg of “You’ve Got Mail”), SIMPSON (41D Bart or Lisa), and MCCLURE (44D Doug of “The Virginian”) -- a hefty amount of entertainment-related clue/entries, but hey it’s Monday! This is the kind of puzzle office workers (and especially their managers) love! Do it quickly on the train or at the coffee break -- and get right down to work!
Read today's Madness...Crossword and Otherwise!...and for a rant on German Bund read: Rex Parker Illustrations: Above -- Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Below -- German American Bund parade on East 86th St., New York City, October 30, 1939 Puzzle available on the internet at THE NEW YORK TIMES -- Crossword Puzzles and Games If you subscribe to home delivery of The New York Times you are eligible to access the daily crossword via The New York Times - Times Reader, without additional charge, as part of your home delivery subscription.