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NYT Crossword Puzzle 9-30-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 14A Like soil that combines sand, silt and clay: LOAMY because I like BoJack Horseman, and it reminded me of Todd’s rock opera:

The theme today was a decent addition to the puzzle. The puns worked. Good change of pace from the bargaining chip/firecracker/whatever other nonsense puzzle from a month ago or so.

17A [Birds] + [Bees] = P.R. campaign goal: TWITTERBUZZ.
26A [Lightsaber] + [Impatient fingers] = Boring: HUMDRUM.
36A [Cellphone] + [Bubble] = Edible accessory: RINGPOP.
48A [Cow] + [Thunder] = Snake eyes, e.g.: LOWROLL.

57A Academy Awards category eliminated in 2021 … or a hint to interpreting four clues in this puzzle: SOUNDMIXING. I had initially guessed that the eliminated category was BESTACTRESS in order to have a single best performer. I thought that would be a dumb idea because why rob someone of a statue? But also why rob a sound mixer of a statue?

Finished this one in 29:20.

DayThis WkBestAverage4-Wk AvgStreak
Monday6:083:499:256:0576
Tuesday10:555:2213:169:540
Wednesday15:367:3817:0311:4017
Thursday29:2012:1228:4431:093
Friday16:2332:1521:0116
Saturday20:1234:2234:2516
Sunday15:1153:5646:413