Hard as it may be to believe, Dan has outdone himself with this gem. "Organ Transplants" deals with four organs: heart, ear, eye, and brain.
In the first theme entry we get FELTCONDOLENCES ("Pool hall 'Better luck next time'?"), but the "heart" is missing. Where did it go? It was an organ transplant and can be found in the last theme entry JAILHEART
BREAKS ("Sorrows behind bars"), where the "heart" intrudes in the term jailbreaks
is transplanted from SPLITTINGNOISE to DOGEAR
from OHIOSTATEBUCKS to FORTYEYE
LASHES; and brain
from STORMINGSESSION to GRANDBRAIN
CHILD. And they are in order! That is, ear
is missing in the second theme clue and is found in the second to last theme clue, and so on.
And if that's not enough, Dan gives us some good ones:
Distribution slips MISDEALS
Hardly hardly ATON
Chorus line ALTO [on sheet music]
Wild place? WEST
Delhi wrap SARI [not salami]
Dandy dude? JIM
I was wondering just yesterday what wine was mentioned in the Hungarian national anthem.
Also yesterday when my wife and I were dancing at the NAS concert, I had no idea we were in a MOSHPIT.
Being an ex-New Yorker, I can relate to the IRT and SCHLEP, but I pity my neighbors here in the Bible Belt struggling with these Big Apple terms and their people: Woody Allen [directed ZELIG] and Yoko Ono.