I pulled out 14A Like soil that combines sand, silt and clay: LOAMY because I like BoJack Horseman, and it reminded me of Todd’s rock opera:
The theme today was a decent addition to the puzzle. The puns worked. Good change of pace from the bargaining chip/firecracker/whatever other nonsense puzzle from a month ago or so.
17A [Birds] + [Bees] = P.R. campaign goal: TWITTERBUZZ.
26A [Lightsaber] + [Impatient fingers] = Boring: HUMDRUM.
36A [Cellphone] + [Bubble] = Edible accessory: RINGPOP.
48A [Cow] + [Thunder] = Snake eyes, e.g.: LOWROLL.
57A Academy Awards category eliminated in 2021 … or a hint to interpreting four clues in this puzzle: SOUNDMIXING. I had initially guessed that the eliminated category was BESTACTRESS in order to have a single best performer. I thought that would be a dumb idea because why rob someone of a statue? But also why rob a sound mixer of a statue?
Finished this one in 29:20.
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