I pulled out 8A Bright night lights: NOVAS because my friends Cat and Nick have a dog named Nova. Nova is very big and very friendly. If Nova ever sees this blog post, hiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
Honorable mention clue: 15A “Sorry if you were offended,” e.g.: NONAPOLOGY because Calah and I were talking today about nonapology apologies and how annoying they are.
No theme for this Saturday puzzle, but the time was something exciting for me. I bested my personal record of 20:12 on July 24, 2021 with a new record of 20:11. I had to scramble to find when the prior record was, but I got there. So it bears mentioning again:
I pulled out 38A One who objects to screw caps, say: WINESNOB because it reminds me of a conversation I had with the sommelier of a restaurant that had won a Michelin star. It was during one of my inventory observations when I was an auditor at an accounting firm. I asked about bottles of wine priced in the thousands of dollars and how he knew the bottles were any good. He told me that the wine could have gone bad like immediately because the cork could have come from a bad batch of cork. When I saw some bottles that were listed as very expensive that had screw tops, he told me that there is a movement to store wine in bottles without risking improper preservation due to inconsistent cork. He said that from the standpoint of some consumers, the cork is part of the experience, but from a wine-remaining-good-over-time perspective, well-made screw tops may be the future.
No theme in this Friday puzzle, but maybe there were some clues/answers that were related?