My Funny Valentine

Stańczyk by Jan Matejko


“My Funny Valentine” Puzzle by Fred Piscop, edited by Will Shortz

If you subscribe to The New York Times on-line Premium Crosswords, you are probably familiar with the monthly bonus puzzle. For February, the title of this likeable crossword is “My Funny Valentine” and features "funny" in thirty clues, many of lyrical nature from lovelorn fools and some clues variations of  just... funny!.

Across: 1. Funny fellow, CARD; 15. Jennifer Lopez’s “AIN’T It Funny”; 16. “Second Hand ROSE” (“Funny Girl” tune); 18. “Everybody Ought to Have a MAID” (song from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”); 23. Funny-tasting, in a way, SOUR; 26. Funny papers units, PANELS; 32. Tickle the funny bone, AMUSE; 33. Funny fellow, RIOT; 34. “The Comic Toolbox: How to Be Funny EVEN If You’re Not”; 38. “Funny you should ASK …”; 39. Knee-SLAPPER (funny joke); 42. “People ARE Funny”; 48. “How to Be Funny” author Steve ALLEN; 54. SANDRA Dee of “That Funny Feeling”; 57. “Babes in ARMS” (“My Funny Valentine” musical); 64. “Funny Way of Laughin” singer Burl IVES; 65. Funny CIDE (2003 Kentucky Derby winner); 66. “Funny Face” director Stanley DONEN.

Down: 1. Mrs. Dithers of the funnies, CORA; 4. “Your mother DRESSES you funny!”; 5. One-LINER (funny bit); 6. Funny bit, SKIT; 9. “Isn’t it funny / How a bear likes honey?” writer, A A MILNE; 14. Like funny money, BOGUS; 6. Jack who said “A funny thing happened to my mother one day: Me”, PAAR; 27. “I AM SO funny!”; 40. “That’s funny,” in chat rooms, LOL; 44. Adam of “Funny People”, SANDLER; 47. Fred or Adele of “Funny Face”, ASTAIRE; 53. “Funny HONEY” (tune from “Chicago”); 63. “That’s NOT funny!”.

… and all by itself -- 2D. Love personified, AMOR

Mars, Venus and Amor, c. 1540, Titian

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