Another great game! I don't know that I have ever heard of the Nutrageous bar, but you can bet I'll be investigating that further. I got "polydactyl" from one of my two kittens, who fortunately chooses to use her powers for good rather than evil. The name of the girl in "Crocodile Rock" didn't come to me in time because I have a "Dancing with the Stars" performance from years ago stuck in my mind. The band replaced the name in the song with the contestant's very similar name. I think that's one of my best excuses for missing a second box clue. Now do we think "rápido" would've been accepted for the six-letter adverb you use for emphasis if you want something done quickly? My Spanish was rusty at its best.
I probably would've gotten Upton Sinclair from "muckraker" anyway, but he was top of mind because he featured in a great movie I saw over the weekend called "Mank," about the screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, of "Citizen Kane" and many others. When Sinclair was shown briefly, I thought the actor looked an awful lot like Bill Nye, and what do you know? Sinclair challenged Frank Merriam for Governor of California in 1934, with a platform focused on universal employment. He lost in part because of a "dirty tricks" campaign waged by several Hollywood studios, as dramatized in "Mank." I'm interested in reading more about it all, but this looks like a good primer if this kind of thing interests you.
Now, "Show Boat"! I was thrilled it was mentioned. My mother had a great three-disc set made with all the original orchestrations of every song ever used in the show, including several cut during out-of-town tryouts that their researcher found in an old warehouse. It sparked one of my first really deep dives when I was still in grade school. I perused the liner notes until they wore out and borrowed a big tome about all its different iterations via ILL from the big library in Baltimore that we may as well have moved there. We found the two surviving movie versions and, yes, the Ferber novel. I learned a lot about the joys of pursuing every source of information available about something from all this. I'm only sorry that I didn't get to the Goldenrod, the last surviving riverboat featuring theatrical performances that I know of, which burned a few years ago. Anyway, I did get that one. And I think Helen Morgan's "Bill" from the '36 film is a performance for the ages, so I can't help but share.
I hope nobody minds these occasional tangents on favorite clues of the night. I know they're pretty darn long. I just figure we're all "lifelong learner" types, and I really miss socializing, but am all Zoomed out and have been for months. So I very much appreciate slipping in here to see familiar, er, names and pick up a thing or two along with whatever I picked up during the show, while I drop a thing or two of my own.