I pulled out 63A Readers of mss.: EDS because I didn’t know what this clue meant. Now I know, and it’s dumb and I hate it. Mms. meaning manuscripts. And who reads manuscripts? Editors! What a clue. Good going, Christopher Adams! Way better than Helms and Asner.
15A “Everlasting” candy from Willy Wonka: GOBSTOPPER. 22A Teeny-tiny futuristic machines: NANOBOTS. Really? 46A Tale of woe: SOBSTORY. 9D Orchestra once conducted by John Williams: BOSTONPOPS. 13D Some vaccine shots: BOOSTERS. The dream at the moment. 26D Places to sign in in inns: GUESTBOOK. What do they do with the guestbooks when they’re full? 32D “Peter Pan” group: LOSTBOYS.
57A 2013 Best Musical Tony winner … with a hint to this puzzle’s theme: KINKYBOOTS. Because BOOTS is jumbled up in the other clues.
Not bad for a puzzle entirely completed on my phone while lying in bed this morning. I left one square blank so I could get the completion screenshot on my computer. WordPress gets angry if the screenshot is too small. I know I can take a screenshot on my computer of the image on my phone, but that’s so much work when I’m going to take a screenshot of the grid anyway.
I pulled out 6D “A series of _,” infamous analogy for the internet: TUBES because I shared that with Calah a few months ago or a year and a half ago or yesterday. Who even knows at this point?
“The internet is not something you just dump something on–it’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes!”
Shame on me for thinking that nobody cared about that anymore. I’d filled out MEMES instead of TUBES initially. Because at this point, the internet really is just a series of memes.
I was able to solve today’s puzzle by figuring out the theme after solving a couple of the related clues and coming across the clue that unites the theme clues.
17A *Like many old video game soundtracks: EIGHTBIT. 19A *Common purchase for a tailgate: SIXPACK. 26A *Sinbad’s milieu: SEVENSEAS. 41A *Burger chain named for a father and his sons: FIVEGUYS. 54A *One of two for the 1990s Chicago Bulls: THREEPEAT. 63A *Anthem whose French lyrics predate its English lyrics: OCANADA. 66A *Former fashion retailer so-named for its 57th Street address in Manhattan: NINEWEST.
57D: Woman in a 1982 hit who can be reached using the starts of the answers to the starred clues: JENNY.
EIGHT SIX SEVEN FIVE THREE O NINE!
Pro tip for travel: If you go to like a supermarket or drugstore and don’t have a discount card, use ([local area code]) 867-5309. Someone likely has signed up with that number as a joke or as a community service. Either way, go for it.
Hey! Crossword puzzle posts on consecutive days? Whatttttt. Crazy. I guess it helps when you start the puzzle on a Monday night. I had thought this one would be easier than it was. It wasn’t. It was exactly as hard as it is.
I pulled out 23A Ixnay: VETO because I have always hoped that there’s an “I VETOED” sticker for when POTUS decides to say no to a bill.
I don’t know if the clue that links them is 56D Greek H’s: ETAS, but I don’t think it is.
20A Checkout devices at Dublin supermarkets?: IRISHSCANNERS. 34A Urban area around a church district?: PARISHMETRO. 40A Claim that a language in “The Lord of the Rings” is not extinct?: ELVISHLIVES. 52A Suggestion to friends on when to meet for lunch?: TENNISHANYONE.
So they all have an H in the middle of known things. 20A IRIS SCANNERS. 34A PARIS METRO. 40A ELVIS LIVES. 52A TENNIS ANYONE?
The one that bothers me is 52A. Tennis anyone? But also: WHO HAS LUNCH AROUND 10? I can’t eat lunch before noon. I can et before noon, but it’s not lunch. Then again, I guess if the service is slow enough or friends are always delayed, 10 sounds like a way ultimately to have lunch at a reasonable time.
And on the topic of unreasonable times, I finished this one in 16:15.