I pulled out 36A Blue Angels, e.g.: AEROBATS because first I had partially filled out the answer with AIR because planes and then I realized it was ACROBATS because acrobatic plane stuff. AEROBATS slowed me down. A lot. I had no idea was RYC was for 24D Alternative to white until I realized it was RYE.
I think this is the first theme I’ve really liked in a while.
67A Redacts, as sensitive information (suggested by three of this puzzle’s answers): BLACKSOUT. I figured this out pretty quickly, and that helped me finish the puzzle in about 19 minutes. Then came the error checking.
19A Insomniacs have them: SLEEPLESSNIGHTS. With SSN (social security number) blacked out.
38A Failing spectacularly: GOINGUPINFLAMES. With PIN (personal identification number) blacked out.
59A Members of a wartime skywatching corps: GROUNDOBSERVERS. With DOB (date of birth) blacked out. This one was by far the toughest for me. I mainly struggled to try to figure out what was left to hide beyond SSN and PIN.
Ultimately finished this one in 42:46.
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