NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-11-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 52A Not-quite-in-shape male physiques: DADBODS because neither Calah nor I want that for me. So we’ve been doing both the Hundred Pushups program and the 200 Situps program. When she reads this she’ll find out that once we’re in maintenance mode, we’ll tack on the Two Hundred Squats program.

There is a theme, and I think we can figure out what IT is.

17A “This is my final offer”: TAKEITORLEAVEIT. This is also called Hobson’s choice.

The famous phrase ‘Hobson’s choice’ can be traced back to a Cambridge carrier who operated a livery stable delivering mail and providing transport to and from London in the early 17th century.

Thomas Hobson, who was born in 1545, recognised that his best horses were in most demand and that they were also the most overworked. He therefore devised a strict rotation system, only allowing customers to rent the next horse in line.

This ‘take that one or none’ ultimatum ensured Hobson’s reputation as an astute businessman and city character, and the poet John Milton would later immortalise the expression ‘Hobson’s choice’ in two commemorative epitaphs.

From Historic England

25A Like something that’s polarizing: LOVEITORHATEIT. On top is the underdog.
43A “Get out of the way!”: MOVEITORLOSEIT. OMG every day in LA traffic.
57A Having no middle ground between success and failure: MAKEITORBREAKIT. Looking at you in Game 4 tomorrow night, Dodgers!

Finished this one in 4:41.

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