Right now’s Theme
There are seven factors on this puzzle the place two horizontal runs of squares are equivalent. In print, it appears to be like as if somebody erased the horizontal traces to make units of double-tall bins; digitally, I believe, the squares are all shaded or circled, however not mixed, and you must determine that the 2 runs include the identical sequence of letters. The longest run is 5 letters lengthy and the shortest solely two, however the entries that they seem in are fairly lavish — every run reveals up in two throughout entries, one above the opposite, and just one down.
I didn’t discover any of the theme entries easy, however I believe the topmost could be instance: It’s the run of letters on the very starting of each 23- and 26-Throughout (the second clue being apropos to the entire puzzle, it seems). The primary entry is PECORINO CHEESE, a kind of salty and opulent cheeses we shred on pasta (the sheepness is new to me and apparently the reason for the saltiness). The second entry is PE CLASS, bodily schooling, which I suppose is extraordinarily meta because it’s the place some folks as soon as discovered the phrases of this theme. These boldface letters, P E C, determine in solely as soon as per look of their down crosses (PEP, ONE, ETC).
All the way in which on the backside of the puzzle, one other instance: The Oscar winner at 113-Throughout is BENICIO DEL TORO, and the little struggle merchandise at 119-Throughout is a MODEL TANK. So now now we have a PEC and a DELT, or I ought to say a PECtoral and a DELToid, two examples of main muscle teams (nearer to one another in actual life than on this grid — chest and shoulder). By making every letter in these muscle groups two squares tall, we’re including size and litheness — we’re performing “stretching workouts.”
The remainder of the muscle groups that it is advisable to isolate create our seven-pack: They’re on the again (top and side), the legs, the belly and the derrière. The final two get to share one entry, a debut that actually knocks off my socks (and strengthens the foot’s flexor muscles, which aren’t on this puzzle). ABSOFREAKINGLUTELY is solidly well worth the worth of admission on this theme; when you’re sport for a number of psychological gymnastics, there’s some entertaining linguistic sparring over its categorization.
A few different theme entries had been fairly powerful on me — by no means been on a Disney cruise (this apparatus is just not on my bucket checklist) and had a little bit hassle deducing Kendrick Lamar’s award (positive sufficient, Mr. Newton used the class word-for-word). However what doesn’t problem you doesn’t change you, as they are saying on the gymnasium, these sadists.
HI YALL (55-Throughout) from Austin, Texas!
I’d by no means seen the 7 members of this tight theme set executed in a puzzle earlier than, so I gave it a go. The primary iteration was a 21x known as “Put Some Muscle Into It!” the place I added every muscle to a phrase for wacky outcomes, like:
GUILTY B[AB]Y ASSOCIATION
After this model of the puzzle was rejected (“didn’t fairly excite” the Crossword employees sufficient), I observed sufficient materials for a stable rebus-style theme however needed to execute one thing extra sudden. As a result of this theme set lends itself to the notion of “stretching,” I landed on sharing every muscle between two Throughout solutions. After development, I noticed I could have been channeling this fun 2019 Sunday grid, “That’s a Tall Order!” by Finn Vigeland.
A number of theme solutions close to the highest and backside of the grid had been cemented pretty late in development, as actual property and interlocks allowed. However ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY and BEST RAP PERFORMANCE had been locked close to the middle from the start, as enjoyable seed entries and motivation for knocking this model out.
Favourite reply/clue combos that made the reduce:
85-Throughout [“And, uh, that about covers it”] SO YEAH
76-Down [Name of the girl on “Game of Thrones” who said “A girl has no name”] ARYA
103-Down [Like the clue for 103-Down?] META
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