Finally done with work late Tuesday night, so I’ve done the crossword. But by now, my eyelids are very heavy. Very, very heavy. Not fun. It’s good I’m writing the top part at the end or this post mainly would be z’s.
I pulled out 18A The Aggies of the Mountain West Conference: UTAHSTATE because I was pretty confident in TEXASAANDM. But then that couldn’t be because only TEXASANDM fits. Also not the proper league.
Runner-up is 67A Is the pope Catholic?: YES. Amazing.
The circle theme continues today.
3D Author of “Jurassic Park”: MICHA(ELCRIC)HTON. 10D Fleeting romantic interest: F(LAVO)ROFTHEWEEK. 15D “Beats me!”: IHAV(ENOC)LUE. 22D Shift blame to someone else: PASSTH(EBUC)K.
26D “Get it together!” … or a hint to the highlighted letters: SHAPEUP.
Because (ELCRIC) -> CIRCLE. and (LAVO) -> OVAL. and (ENOC) -> CONE. and (EBUC) -> BUCK.
And on the topic of shaping up, how can Will Shortz let such a glaring wrong thing just slip by? There are no colored squares! There are circles.
Racing bikes is something close to my heart, as I was on the mountain biking team in college. Was I the best on the team? Was I a standout on the team? Did I have fun on the team. The answer to all those is yes… except for the first two. An assessment UCSB Cycling teammate Geoffrey Bishop would agree with if he’s reading this post, and there’s a good chance of that because he reads my blog sometimes. What’s up, Geoff?
The theme of this crossword is willpower.
14A It might cost extra at a beach resort: OCEANVIEW. 20A Clairvoyant’s accessory: CRYSTALBALL. 37A Key lime pie crust ingredient: GRAHAMCRACKER. 58A Cut above the rest?: PORTERHOUSE.
66A Nightstick … or what might form if the beginnings of 14-, 20-, 37- and 58-Across started paying dues?: BILLYCLUB.
14A BILLY OCEAN(view). 20A BILLY CRYSTAL(ball). It sounds like the 700 Sundays entire cast married all of the title characters of I Love Lucy. Also Billy Crystal and Bill Kristol put out a pro-Biden video targeted at the elderly in Florida back in October.
37A BILLY GRAHAM(cracker). 58A BILLY PORTER(house).