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     BROWNBETTY (70)

How would you spell the plural form of this dessert name? BETTYS? BETTIES? Both may be acceptable, but I decided not to add either to Default for the time being.

     BUNDTCAKES (78)

I like this entry for reasons that can’t be exploited in mainstream crossword puzzles. The term “bundt cake” was a slang term that some of my college friends used, mainly because it sounds like expletive but isn’t — similar to the phrase “look that up in your FUNK and Wagnalls.” We might say, “go make a bundt cake” as a jokingly crass response to someone’s actions or comments, particularly as a way to beg off unnecessary praise or favors. Bundt cakes actually were popular choices for special occasion desserts. The varieties with flavored fillings were especially popular, though box mixes of these varieties are less common in stores these days.

     COLORTVSET (70)

The entry reminds me of the phrase “hamburger sandwiches and French fried potatoes” — occasionally used as gag on MST3K to identify quaintly wholesome teenagers in 1950s B-movies. Both “color” and “set” are obsolete modifiers for TVs, but that fact could be worked into a crossword clue: {Zenith purchase} or {Popular prize on a ’70s game show}.

     CREVECOEUR (65)

St. Louis, Missouri, has some interestingly named suburbs: Des Peres, Frontenac, Ladue, Times Beach, Town and Country, and one whose name is the French word for “broken heart.” I can rattle off those municipal names because I used to live in St. Louis. Creve Coeur and Crevecoeur are names or titles of a few other things, but none seem more well-known than the Missouri city. So, the entry is probably best clued with a language trivia component: {St. Louis suburb whose name means “broken heart”}. What are some other lists of interestingly-named suburbs associated with a major city?

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