NYT Crossword Puzzle 6-30-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

Not bad for a puzzle entirely completed on my phone while lying in bed this morning. I left one square blank so I could get the completion screenshot on my computer. WordPress gets angry if the screenshot is too small. I know I can take a screenshot on my computer of the image on my phone, but that’s so much work when I’m going to take a screenshot of the grid anyway.

I pulled out 6D “A series of _,” infamous analogy for the internet: TUBES because I shared that with Calah a few months ago or a year and a half ago or yesterday. Who even knows at this point?

“The internet is not something you just dump something on–it’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes!”

Shame on me for thinking that nobody cared about that anymore. I’d filled out MEMES instead of TUBES initially. Because at this point, the internet really is just a series of memes.

I was able to solve today’s puzzle by figuring out the theme after solving a couple of the related clues and coming across the clue that unites the theme clues.

17A *Like many old video game soundtracks: EIGHTBIT.
19A *Common purchase for a tailgate: SIXPACK.
26A *Sinbad’s milieu: SEVENSEAS.
41A *Burger chain named for a father and his sons: FIVEGUYS.
54A *One of two for the 1990s Chicago Bulls: THREEPEAT.
63A *Anthem whose French lyrics predate its English lyrics: OCANADA.
66A *Former fashion retailer so-named for its 57th Street address in Manhattan: NINEWEST.

57D: Woman in a 1982 hit who can be reached using the starts of the answers to the starred clues: JENNY.


Pro tip for travel: If you go to like a supermarket or drugstore and don’t have a discount card, use ([local area code]) 867-5309. Someone likely has signed up with that number as a joke or as a community service. Either way, go for it.

Finished this one in 14:45.

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