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Puzzle #54 "I've got you covered"

· By Philip Chow · Published about 1 month ago

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  • Mike D 7:46 · about 1 month ago
    Very nice! ☔
    • Emma Oxford 🤓4:54 · about 1 month ago
      Cute!
      • Frisco17 🤓6:26 · about 1 month ago
        Wow, you really managed to fit a ton of themers into this one! Color me impressed.
        • Philip Chow constructor · about 1 month ago
          Thanks!! I tried to squeeze in a HIMYM reference with the yellow umbrella and also a Ryoga (character from Ranma 1/2) reference, but I gave up trying to cram too much - quality of the fill started to suffer
        • Relentless001 🤓10:01 · about 1 month ago
          Man you don't mess around with your puzzles lol each one is a bit of a pain in the butt
          • Philip Chow constructor · about 1 month ago
            pain in the butt... in a good way i hope ;)
          • Dan Wagner 22:22 · about 1 month ago
            How and why do you know Polly's favorite drink? Lol!
            • Philip Chow constructor · about 1 month ago
              AC Wiley-Schwartz commented on a puzzle once and said that Polly is a crossword enthusiast and that she would get super excited anytime she sees 69A
              69A MAITAITropical cocktail sometimes decorated with a mini 63-Across (Polly Trottenberg's favorite drink!)
              in a puzzle
            • Tom Hinkle 16:59 · 16 days ago
              That was fun!
              1ATexting shorthand that may be followed by "thx"
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              Across
              1. 1A
                Texting shorthand that may be followed by "thx"
              2. 4A
                Come to the rescue
              3. 8A
                Artist whose "Girl with 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                " was created to sympathize with the people of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina
              4. 14A
                Yoplait's French style yogurt named after the French word for "yes"
              5. 15A
                South Indian steamed breakfast cake made from fermented black lentils and rice (hint: rhymes with Ridley)
              6. 16A
                Olga Merediz's role in the Broadway musical "In the Heights" (hint: Spanish for "grandmother")
              7. 17A
                Action spy film in which Eggsy's mentor uses a 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                in a pretty epic bar fight scene
              8. 19A
                Popcorn topping
              9. 20A
                Brand with a "Thick & Fluffy" variety
              10. 21A
                ___ Poppins (magical nanny portrayed by Julie Andrews who flies away with a 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                )
              11. 23A
                College ___ (Ithaca, for Cornell)
              12. 24A
                Singer whose hit song 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                from her "Good Girl Gone Bad" album is about something you can "stand under"
              13. 27A
                Friend in battle
              14. 29A
                Suffix with "rigor" or "vigor"
              15. 30A
                Actress Kravitz of "Big Little Lies"
              16. 31A
                Mauna ___ (Hawaiian peak)
              17. 34A
                ___ Salt (company with the motto "When it rains, it pours," whose logo features a young girl in a yellow dress holding a 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                )
              18. 38A
                City whose protest movement is symbolized by a 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                , which was used as protection from pepper spray and tear gas used by the police
              19. 40A
                My favorite one at Subway is Italian Herbs & Cheese
              20. 41A
                ___ la Table (high-end cookware store where Randy buys a Margaritaville in "South Park")
              21. 42A
                One who travels the Appalachian Trail
              22. 43A
                ___ Pitstop (character in "Wacky Races" that drives car #5, the Compact Pussycat, equipped with personal grooming products and a 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                ) (hint: her name is alliterative)
              23. 45A
                "My Neighbor ___" (Miyazaki animated fantasy film in which Satsuki offers the titular character her 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                during the bus stop scene) (hint: his name has the same three vowels)
              24. 46A
                Shakespeare's Sir Toby Belch, for one
              25. 47A
                "___ tu" (Verdi aria)
              26. 48A
                ___ Force 1 (Nike's top-selling sneaker of all time)
              27. 49A
                "Whose Line __ __ Anyway?" (show where everything is made up and the points don't matter)
              28. 50A
                Batman villain who carries around a 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                ... in fact he has a large collection of them that function as hidden weapons and devices
              29. 55A
                Subject of interest in the question "Who are you wearing?" (on the red carpet)
              30. 58A
                Actor ___ Kelly whose classic song-and-dance number "Singin' in the Rain" included a prop 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
              31. 60A
                Opposite of ecto-
              32. 61A
                It's hard to understand
              33. 63A
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)
              34. 66A
                Change for the better
              35. 67A
                ___ minimum
              36. 68A
                Roadside bomb: Abbr.
              37. 69A
                Tropical cocktail sometimes decorated with a mini 63-Across
                The most difficult shape to cut out in the honeycomb challenge on "Squid Game" (and this puzzle's theme)[--------]
                (Polly Trottenberg's favorite drink!)
              38. 70A
                Piece of cake
              39. 71A
                They're worth six points in (American) football: Abbr.
              Down
              1. 1D
                Game you should play with a straight face
              2. 2D
                Nintendo character who wears a green hat with an "L" and sucks up ghosts in a mansion with a vacuum cleaner
              3. 3D
                Golfer Vijay who has won over $71 million to date on the PGA tour
              4. 4D
                Sue Grafton's "__ __ for Homicide"
              5. 5D
                Oilers, on NHL scoreboards
              6. 6D
                Some South American natives
              7. 7D
                ___ colada
              8. 8D
                Nebuchadnezzar's realm that included the Hanging Gardens
              9. 9D
                Aladdin's mischievous and kleptomaniac monkey
              10. 10D
                Like a fruitcake
              11. 11D
                High-fat, low-carb diet
              12. 12D
                Oodles
              13. 13D
                Knitting material
              14. 18D
                “We all __ __ little mad sometimes” -Norman Bates in "Psycho"
              15. 22D
                Type of clam
              16. 25D
                Udon and soba
              17. 26D
                Mother Teresa, for one
              18. 28D
                Looney Tunes rooster, Foghorn ___ who says things like "Boy, I say boy, pay close attention to me, 'cause you're a burrito short of a combination plate"
              19. 31D
                Gorilla who learned sign language and was reported to have a nipple fixation
              20. 32D
                Cabinet department concerned with nuclear power: Abbr.
              21. 33D
                Italian for "sour," as seen in ___dolce, a sweet and sour sauce traditionally made by reducing sugar and vinegar
              22. 34D
                It measures internet download and upload speeds: Abbr.
              23. 35D
                Snack with a "Double Stuf" variety
              24. 36D
                $2 for Mediterranean Avenue or $50 for Boardwalk
              25. 37D
                ___ kwon do
              26. 38D
                Palette selection
              27. 39D
                "Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that ___ Kat bar"
              28. 41D
                Deliberately hurt
              29. 44D
                Subject of the 2008 documentary "Between the Folds"
              30. 45D
                I never remember how to ___ a ___, so I would Google how to do it whenever I need to wear one for a wedding
              31. 48D
                Hypothetical missing link
              32. 49D
                Gold bar
              33. 51D
                "___ whiz!"
              34. 52D
                Dark
              35. 53D
                Kept the engine running
              36. 54D
                A nice thing about Crosshare, the site that I use to publish crosswords (2 words)
              37. 55D
                Kind of warfare
              38. 56D
                __ __ Day (vitamin brand)
              39. 57D
                Coffeehouse amenity
              40. 59D
                Worn-down crayons, for example
              41. 62D
                Blood vessel imaging machine: Abbr.
              42. 64D
                Bikini part
              43. 65D
                What a Q Score measures, informally
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