04.30.07 -- Band, Bend, Bind, Bond, Bund & Brando!

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Puzzle by Allan E. Parrish, Edited by Will Shortz
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!

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...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
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Anonymous said...

Donald Cool for folks wantin' to see enlarged font and enlarged photos.

The grid is very clear as is for me requiring no enlarging of it.

DONALD said...

OK, I keep on doing it!

Linda G said...

Thanks for the nice shot of Brando. I tend to remember him as the Godfather, but this is so much better.

You've certainly made your blog more reader-friendly for older eyes! Much appreciated by many, I'm sure.