NYT Crossword Puzzle 8-25-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 4D Gilead in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” for one: DYSTOPIA because whenever I hear that word, I think of Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia. I imagine that others in my board game night group also have thought about that game upon solving this clue. It’s a game that we’ve not yet played together, despite my repeated (albeit half-hearted) attempts to convince the group to play and threats(?) that the game is in the car, even though the game hasn’t left my home in years. Recently Calah and I played Balance of Power, a two-player game that is simple and exciting!

Someone’s selling one on eBay!

Theme of Puns!

17A “Please continue your generous support of the church”: MASSAPPEAL. I am sad to miss the appeal during the High Holidays this year. Usually the speech that goes along with it is worth listening to.
27A “This device makes prepping cherries a breeze”: PITTERPATTER. Let’s get at ‘er.
44A “Students should report to the gym for a special presentation”: ASSEMBLYLINE.
58A “This medicine will reduce your temperature in no time”: FEVERPITCH. Not really pitching a fever, though. Really forcing it with this clue.

Finished this one in 10:06.

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