NYT Crossword Puzzle 12-6-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 17A Toward the back: AREAR because 16A _ 51 (U.F.O. landing site? … hmm): AREA is sloppily close to that. I just think it should be better. There’s no theme tying the two together. There are so many other words that are mostly vowels. Why not have like 10D Covers with black goo: TARS be Secret web browsers: TORS, 13D Equal _ for equal work: PAY be One way to settle?: POS, and 18A Rule by a small group: OLIGARCHY be Group of leaders: OLIGARCHS. Then you’d have OREO instead of AREA. All’s right with the world that way. Other than TORS. Maybe have that one be: With RAP, Canadian basketball team? I don’t know. But I don’t like this one.

Finished this one in 6:21.

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