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· By Cap'n Rick and Wendy Walker · Published by Wendy Walker · Published 2023-11-20T05:05:26.193Z

Meta Prompt
The meta answer is something you won't mind seeing.
Back in August, Wendy came up with what she thought was a cool idea for a meta but, being a neophyte constructor, couldn't figure out how best to put it into action. In a happy coincidence, Cap'n Rick had had the very same idea. They joined forces, and the "Perfect Content" puzzle you see before you is the result.
Thank you to Mark Woychick and Boharr for test-solving, Peter Abide for his suggestions, and Joe Ross for formatting. Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving -- as always, I am full of gratitude for this unique community.
You haven't solved as of the present moment? No tears! Rick and I will not desert you. (Yes, what you just read is indeed a nudge!)
Our working title for this puzzle was "Project Overlook.
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  • Mwoychick solved 2023-09-04T22:45:19.377Z
  • Hector solved 2023-11-20T05:24:24.449Z
  • Darrell solved 2023-11-20T12:43:31.641Z
  • Capn Rick solved 2023-11-20T13:24:53.977Z
  • BarbaraK solved 2023-11-20T13:33:09.389Z
  • boharr solved 2023-11-20T13:45:15.270Z
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  • hoover solved 2023-11-20T14:24:51.928Z
  • Adam Doctoroff solved 2023-11-20T14:26:59.616Z
  • Alex Sisti solved 2023-11-20T14:30:19.974Z
  • Bird Lives solved 2023-11-20T14:52:44.698Z
  • Pair O Ducks solved 2023-11-20T14:59:39.407Z
  • Meg solved 2023-11-20T15:10:28.138Z
  • I K Snamhcok solved 2023-11-20T15:12:41.780Z
  • Darth solved 2023-11-20T15:12:59.472Z
  • CPJohnson solved 2023-11-20T16:34:30.085Z
  • woozy solved 2023-11-20T16:52:51.760Z
  • DebbieC solved 2023-11-20T17:06:10.954Z
  • MatthewL solved 2023-11-20T17:08:47.812Z
  • Tyrpmom solved 2023-11-20T17:23:44.630Z
  • Laura M solved 2023-11-20T17:25:20.972Z
  • markhr solved 2023-11-20T17:26:48.648Z
  • Sharkicicles solved 2023-11-20T17:53:17.532Z
  • Cindy Heisler solved 2023-11-20T18:23:32.615Z
  • DOrtiz solved 2023-11-20T18:29:42.354Z
  • david solved 2023-11-20T18:34:47.134Z
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  • michaelm solved 2023-11-20T19:04:18.087Z
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  • JM solved 2023-11-20T20:27:07.367Z
  • Eric Porter solved 2023-11-20T20:29:46.339Z
  • whimsy solved 2023-11-20T20:33:36.619Z
  • ajk solved 2023-11-20T20:51:32.752Z
  • mkmf solved 2023-11-20T20:59:16.027Z
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  • Philip Chow solved 2023-11-20T22:24:08.745Z
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  • SeamusOL solved 2023-11-20T23:49:49.731Z
  • LB800 solved 2023-11-21T00:09:25.576Z
  • KayW solved 2023-11-21T01:59:52.640Z
  • DrTom solved 2023-11-21T13:47:44.482Z
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  • DIS solved 2023-11-21T16:39:53.449Z
  • Mr Tex solved 2023-11-21T16:58:55.168Z
  • Qmark solved 2023-11-21T23:16:40.196Z
  • Gutman solved 2023-11-22T03:12:12.685Z
  • Berto solved 2023-11-22T03:40:23.572Z
  • merlinnimue solved 2023-11-22T03:46:50.209Z
  • Mikey G solved 2023-11-22T03:49:53.447Z
  • JHSeeman solved 2023-11-22T16:05:30.766Z
  • minimuggle solved 2023-11-22T18:06:07.475Z
  • Adam Simon Levine solved 2023-11-22T21:00:52.804Z
  • rjy solved 2023-11-24T04:06:17.353Z
  • Jeremy Smith solved 2023-11-25T19:33:52.955Z
  • Johnny Luau solved 2023-11-25T22:13:23.960Z


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  • Hector 🤓6:15 · 2023-11-20T05:27:08.063Z
    Beaming! 🤓
    • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T12:05:00.687Z
      Good job, Hector! Thanks for solving!
    • boharr 5s · 2023-11-20T13:46:04.722Z
      Perfected from its previous incarnation.
      • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T15:01:53.989Z
        I forgot that you test-solved, Bob! My only excuse is that this one went through a LOT of incarnations from its "Project Overlook" days. I added your name to the list. Thanks!
        • boharr 5s · 2023-11-21T00:46:36.896Z
          Oh you didn’t need to add me but thank you. You did a great job getting it though those incarnations. I imagine it wasn’t easy.
      • hoover 3s · 2023-11-20T14:25:47.620Z
        Ooohhhh that explains why I couldn't figure out how to pronounce and/or parse the title! Nicely done!
        • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T15:02:38.714Z
          Thanks for solving, Hoover! Yes, one of my nudges is going to be "say the title out loud."
          • woozy 24:34 · 2023-11-20T17:05:17.522Z
            Hmm... I must be missing something. I took the title to mean the most ideal substance and saw no reason to question it and it gave me no trouble. Once a saw the metanism, I realized it could also mean to make satisfaction most ideal. However neither interpretation were any issue.
        • Bird Lives 4s · 2023-11-20T14:58:56.998Z
          The object of my affection. Or is it my affectation?
          I hesitated for a moment I thought there might be two alternates for each, e.g., for BOW, a ship part and a gesture of deference; for ROW, a tiff and a spreadsheet element,; for BASS, a fish and Lance, etc. but there were no ceteras. Thanks.
          • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T15:03:31.482Z
            I have every confidence that Rick could've done that, Jay -- he is a MASTER of grid creation! Thanks for solving.
            • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T16:53:00.469Z
              I'm on it! 😄
          • Meg 3s · 2023-11-20T15:12:47.831Z
            That was fun! My ESL students used to roll their eyes! What a language!
            • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T17:00:24.414Z
              It sure is, Meg. Fortunately, it provides us constructors with plenty of meta material.
              • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:38:51.717Z
                Thanks for solving, Meg!
              • I K Snamhcok 13s · 2023-11-20T15:18:00.902Z
                As does 49a, this puzzle rocks! BTW, if anyone is interested to learn about a fun, free Hitchcock movie-watching Zoom group, email me at, and I can get you added to the invitation list. No obligation to attend from Tuesday night to Tuesday night — only when the mood or the movie strikes you. A great guy named Marc Strauss runs it; I simply attend. And occasionally make inane comments.
                • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T16:58:51.682Z
                  Thanks, Chris. Sounds like a fun group.
                • Darth 🤓11:02 · 2023-11-20T15:16:35.561Z
                  Solved and feeling content. ;) Thanks.
                  • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T16:59:30.426Z
                    Thanks, Darth. Glad you enjoyed it.
                    • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:40:27.268Z
                      Thanks for solving, Darth!
                    • Pair O Ducks 🤓6:01 · 2023-11-20T15:43:06.051Z
                      If I construct puzzles half as nice as this, I'd certainly be a content creator!
                      (Did you hear the one about the crossword tournament? The one who used pen did pretty well, but ultimately the one who used pencil took the lead.)
                      • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T16:54:55.460Z
                        Thanks, Schmidzy! DrTom would be proud of that one! 😁
                        • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:40:52.820Z
                          Groan! Thanks for the kind words!
                          • DrTom 4s · 2023-11-21T14:02:53.578Z
                            Ah, but why BICer...
                          • woozy 24:34 · 2023-11-20T16:58:13.940Z
                            Well, I'm content.
                            Had a bit of a go with trying to find an entry meaning to bend ones body in reverence, but when I realized it had to begin with an O and had to be in an entry numbered less than 24 it was pretty clear.
                            • Sharkicicles 2s · 2023-11-20T17:55:07.638Z
                              Same here! Also I can’t believe that I didn’t know until doing this puzzle that “row” as in quarrel had a different pronunciation.
                              • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:41:52.996Z
                                Whenever you see a British-ism like "row" in a puzzle, you can be pretty sure I am involved.
                                • Sharkicicles 2s · 2023-11-21T02:02:50.469Z
                                  Happy Thanksgiving, guvnor!
                              • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T18:21:14.603Z
                                Come now, woozy and Sharkicicles! With me as a co-constructor you should've known we'd opt for the "nautical" BOW! 😆
                                • Sharkicicles 2s · 2023-11-21T02:02:31.998Z
                                  Aye aye captain! Happy Thanksgiving!
                              • woozy 24:34 · 2023-11-20T17:10:32.669Z
                                By the way, I'm a missing some word play in 49A? We use the phrase "rocks" and why joke about a spoiler alert when nothing is spoiled?
                                • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T18:25:11.970Z
                                  Surely you remember that classic scene with Mother Bates in the "rock"-ing chair? 😁
                                  • woozy 24:34 · 2023-11-20T19:20:54.132Z
                                    Um... not really. I mean, yeah, sure, I remember it but I never thought of it as significant or classic.
                                    • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:42:36.396Z
                                      Yep, that's exactly what I was referring to, Rick! That movie scared the heck out of me!
                                  • Tyrpmom 2s · 2023-11-20T17:28:57.456Z
                                    Thanks. That was perfect.
                                    • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T18:26:38.405Z
                                      Thank you, Beth. Glad you liked it.
                                      • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:43:35.508Z
                                        With Cap'n Rick, nothing is ever QUITE perfect: "Wendy, here's a new grid I just threw together..."
                                      • MatthewL 🤓6:16 · 2023-11-20T17:12:02.946Z
                                        Nice one, you two! Very clever. Thanks for the puzzle!
                                        • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T18:27:06.858Z
                                          Glad you enjoyed it, Matthew!
                                          • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:43:48.451Z
                                            Thanks for solving!
                                          • Laura M 🤓12:30 · 2023-11-20T17:29:10.024Z
                                            • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T18:27:20.107Z
                                              Thanks for solving, Laura.
                                              • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:44:00.444Z
                                                Glad you enjoyed it, Laura!
                                              • Carolyn 3s · 2023-11-20T19:22:53.677Z
                                                • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T20:04:07.391Z
                                                  We are too, Carolyn!
                                                • michaelm 🤓2:09 · 2023-11-20T19:22:28.294Z
                                                  Thanks, Wendy and Cap'n! UBOATS OTTER take a BOW. I'll be leaving through ZADORA now before I ROONE your day. Happy Thanksgiving All!
                                                  • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T20:03:01.981Z
                                                    TAHITI, Michael! Very funny! You've got me CRYIN, but did you really HATHA go there? ECORSE you did! Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Now I gotta SPLIFF.
                                                    • DrTom 4s · 2023-11-21T14:10:17.937Z
                                                      Double OUCH! 😂 By the way I had NO idea what HATHA yoga was (I would tend to use it the way the Cap'n did, "please don't tell me I hatah do Yoga". Interestingly enough I also did not remember that HECTOR means to harass (sorry Hector). However, I used to live about 10 miles from the horse race city so I couldn't Mich that one...
                                                      • DrTom 4s · 2023-11-22T05:31:02.035Z
                                                        ROWING CLUB city, sheesh, what one's fingers will type when they are not looking.....
                                                    • whimsy 🤓11:16 · 2023-11-20T20:37:47.759Z
                                                      Take a bow for that yourself, michaelm!
                                                      • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:45:15.835Z
                                                        You guys are a riot! BTW, "spliff" was one of our MUST-remain-despite-any-other-changes entries.
                                                        • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-21T03:13:17.622Z
                                                          Exactly! In fact, when we were working on this I caught the Doobie Brothers (with Michael McDonald) concert at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Great show!
                                                        • DrTom 4s · 2023-11-21T14:05:19.354Z
                                                        • HeadinHome 🤓2:35 · 2023-11-20T19:54:56.646Z
                                                          Also, there are a ton of clues that have good words for the theme, so I spent some time looking at all those too! “Club in a Manilow song,” … “Low vocal range” even has two (“low” = a noun or a verb very different meanings, ditto “range,” “club”). This puzzle could have gotten extremely convoluted, just like my tortured thinking!
                                                          • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-20T21:10:55.702Z
                                                            Thanks, "other" Wendy. 😁 Yes, there are a lot of words with multiple meanings out there, but we restricted ours to heteronyms (i.e. spelled the same but pronounced and used differently). This made construction a bit more difficult but hopefully resulted in a more satisfying puzzle in the end.
                                                            • HeadinHome 🤓2:35 · 2023-11-21T14:04:59.144Z
                                                              Yes - that’s what finally got me off looking at the words with different meanings idea (but same pronunciation).
                                                          • HeadinHome 🤓2:35 · 2023-11-20T19:51:25.228Z
                                                            When I couldn’t figure out the order (EBOTCJ??) and didn’t immediately see an obvious anagram (it’s Monday….), I started looking for a further step, like using the first letter of each pair and finding a 3-letter word that uses those plus one more. Actually worked for several. Then for some reason “double” occurred to me (don’t mind seeing DOUBLE, plus it goes with the center word MEANING) … submitted that but of course, no. Good thing the site lets you try multiple guesses!
                                                            • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-20T20:47:28.420Z
                                                              Thanks for solving, Wendy! As I recall, when constructing we tried both "orders" but the fill came out better in this one.
                                                            • whimsy 🤓11:16 · 2023-11-20T20:42:23.813Z
                                                              I think I may have seen this in its embryonic stage, but now it's an all new and improved shiny plaything -- fun! Thanks, Wendy and Rick!
                                                              • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-21T03:18:33.104Z
                                                                Thanks, Claudia. As you know, I usually go through several versions before settling on the one that goes live. This one was no exception - particularly with Wendy in the "co-captain's" chair. 😄 Thanks for all your helpful feedback, Claudia!
                                                              • Eric Porter 18s · 2023-11-20T20:32:55.715Z
                                                                As a rower, I can't believe that I didn't see that 19D could be BOW until it was the last one. I even thought about that definition.
                                                                • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-21T03:23:47.537Z
                                                                  There's no shame in being fooled by tricky clues sometimes, Eric. That's often what we constructors are intentionally trying for. BTW, I hear they have a pretty good rowing club over in ECORSE, MI. 😄
                                                                  • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:00:58.653Z
                                                                    Thanks for solving, Eric!
                                                                  • mkmf 11s · 2023-11-20T21:00:07.039Z
                                                                    Fun puzzle and grid. Solved offline and first time using crosshare to submit answer. Thanks to both of you!
                                                                    • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-21T03:24:36.566Z
                                                                      Glad you enjoyed it, mkmf! Crosshare has proven to be a great site for both constructors and solvers.
                                                                      • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:01:32.700Z
                                                                        Glad you enjoyed it! Crosshare is a wonderful aid to constructing!
                                                                      • ajk 7:59 · 2023-11-20T20:59:19.106Z
                                                                        LOL had this solved in 5 minutes but didn't realize I was done. Even though I was considering the double meaning of object, I thought there was supposed to be something in front of it that I would get from the verb sense of PERFECT or the adjective sense of CONTENT. 🤣 Was also trying to view mind and/or seeing through the same double lens. In the end I just decided to see if that's all there was. :) Needed google to explain 22A (and needed a couple tries to fill that 22A/23D crossing, having heard of neither). Fun stuff as always, thanks.
                                                                        • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-21T03:29:15.724Z
                                                                          Aw, there you go again, Alan - overthinking things. Remember "Occam's Razor"? I do have to admit that that 22A / 23D crossing was a little "Natick-y" (pronounced with a long A). 😆
                                                                          • ajk 7:59 · 2023-11-21T16:33:07.792Z
                                                                          • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:02:39.356Z
                                                                            Thanks for solving, Alan! We need to do another puzzle together soon.
                                                                            • ajk 7:59 · 2023-11-22T16:16:58.764Z
                                                                          • Philip Chow 7:46 · 2023-11-20T22:38:41.023Z
                                                                            my first go i missed BOW and ROW... so was left wondering what to do with BJEC? had to scan the grid again to find the last two... very nice puzzle!!
                                                                            • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-21T03:32:24.240Z
                                                                              Thanks for solving, Phil. And I'm glad you eventually found BOW and ROW. Hmm, BOW ROW, sounds like Wendy's new dog "Buddy". 😄
                                                                              • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:03:38.661Z
                                                                                Excited to report that Buddy, after being terrified by Felix the Cat for a week, actually growled at him when he (Felix) approached his (Buddy's) food dish last night!
                                                                              • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:03:52.364Z
                                                                                Thanks for the kind words, Philip!
                                                                              • Dave C 4s · 2023-11-20T23:38:37.436Z
                                                                                well done!
                                                                                • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-21T03:33:27.575Z
                                                                                  Thank you, Dave! Glad you enjoyed it.
                                                                                  • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:04:06.245Z
                                                                                    Thanks, Dave!
                                                                                  • KayW 🤓2:18 · 2023-11-21T02:05:20.309Z
                                                                                    Wowza! Took me a bit to get it but very clever. Thanks! Learned subject.
                                                                                    • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-21T03:45:04.389Z
                                                                                      Thanks, Kay. This quirk in the English language was just waiting for someone to metanize it. (Is that a word?) 😄
                                                                                      • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:04:28.724Z
                                                                                        Thanks for solving, Kay!
                                                                                      • DrTom 4s · 2023-11-21T14:12:29.642Z
                                                                                        Well I was supremely satisfied with the meta answer. At first I asked my friend Hans, who tends goats in Munich (yep, a German shepherd) if he would help me dog down the mechanism to the answer but he kept dogging it so then I asked my cat but he looked me in the puss and said no. Then I asked our bird and I won't even tell you what he gave me! So I just finally got on top of it and that finally made me supremely happy. Isn't it funny what a strange species we are, we will do this all day long for no specie. (.....obligate space for groans....) 😁
                                                                                        • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-21T14:50:37.984Z
                                                                                          Glad you didn't OBJECT to our OBJECT, DrTom. Sorry for the bad puns above. I hope your Thanksgiving will be a day to November!
                                                                                          • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:05:05.381Z
                                                                                            Groan! Thanks, Dr. Tom! And it was great to see you on the Muggle call last night.
                                                                                          • Qmark 3s · 2023-11-21T23:19:07.700Z
                                                                                            Enjoyed it...thanks!
                                                                                            • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:05:24.603Z
                                                                                              So glad you solved, Qmark! You are very welcome!
                                                                                            • Mikey G 🤓5:12 · 2023-11-22T03:50:05.942Z
                                                                                              No objections here!
                                                                                              • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:05:40.932Z
                                                                                                I see what you did there. Thanks for solving, Mikey!
                                                                                              • merlinnimue 🤓6:10 · 2023-11-22T04:05:00.766Z
                                                                                                welp... this one had/has me stumped... i think a major hurdle was that i was trying to use symmetry, though i should have known that wasn't going to work due to the center down entry... i think i did see the major pieces, and i had bject in my notes, so i guess i should have tried object before, but i didn't (and don't) understand how it relates to the prompt (or the title)
                                                                                                seeing all you geniuses and your fantastic puzzles and your myriad ideas, i should really know by now than to try and keep up with y'all... i guess i'm still here trying to maybe learn a tiny morsel of what you superstars can see and put together, and vainly hoping some of that lesson sticks... until then, thanks for everything, sorry for the inconvenience, and wishing one and all a good holiday
                                                                                                • DrTom 4s · 2023-11-22T05:27:07.634Z
                                                                                                  I believe the idea of the prompt was that you would not mind (OBJECT TO) seeing this OBJECT...did I get it right guys?
                                                                                                  • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-22T14:12:32.940Z
                                                                                                    Yep, you got it, Tom. There are 6 symmetrically--placed heteronyms in the grid whose alternate pronunciations/usages match clues to other entries. "Perfect Content" consists of 2 more heteronyms.
                                                                                                    • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:06:42.220Z
                                                                                                      Yes, precisely, Dr. Tom; thanks!
                                                                                                    • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-22T14:09:51.540Z
                                                                                                      Merlin, please don't be discouraged. Just keep at it! I remember the first few metas I tried to solved -- my feeling was, "How can anyone do this?!" There is LOTS of support available in the extremely friendly Muggle community, and you are welcome to contact me anytime for help.
                                                                                                      • Capn Rick 3:55 · 2023-11-22T14:14:46.295Z
                                                                                                        Hi merminnimue. Please see my response to DrTom. Thx for solving!
                                                                                                      • JHSeeman 3s · 2023-11-22T16:06:07.561Z
                                                                                                        I made this much harder than it needed to be....thanks for the fun puzzle. Had the mechanism early...just looking down the wrong hole.
                                                                                                        • Wendy Walker publisher · 2023-11-23T00:41:12.291Z
                                                                                                          John, I daresay you have other things on your "plate" on Thanksgiving Eve! Thanks for solving and have a great Turkey Day!
                                                                                                        Part of an hour
                                                                                                        1. 1A
                                                                                                          Part of an hour
                                                                                                        2. 7A
                                                                                                          Tax pro
                                                                                                        3. 10A
                                                                                                          Crank, as an old-fashioned clock
                                                                                                        4. 14A
                                                                                                          African mammals known as forest giraffes
                                                                                                        5. 15A
                                                                                                        6. 16A
                                                                                                          "Casablanca" role
                                                                                                        7. 17A
                                                                                                          A six-line stanza
                                                                                                        8. 18A
                                                                                                          Athletes on horseback
                                                                                                        9. 20A
                                                                                                          Island in French Polynesia
                                                                                                        10. 21A
                                                                                                        11. 22A
                                                                                                          Cook book
                                                                                                        12. 24A
                                                                                                          Moving air
                                                                                                        13. 28A
                                                                                                        14. 31A
                                                                                                          Baldwin and Guinness
                                                                                                        15. 34A
                                                                                                          Read a bar code
                                                                                                        16. 35A
                                                                                                          UK honor rejected by Bowie and Cleese
                                                                                                        17. 36A
                                                                                                          Furry frolicker
                                                                                                        18. 37A
                                                                                                          Equally strange
                                                                                                        19. 38A
                                                                                                          Present topper
                                                                                                        20. 39A
                                                                                                          Words can often have more than one
                                                                                                        21. 41A
                                                                                                          Compete in a regatta
                                                                                                        22. 42A
                                                                                                          Type of yoga
                                                                                                        23. 44A
                                                                                                          "This porridge ___ hot!"
                                                                                                        24. 45A
                                                                                                          Madrid Mrs.
                                                                                                        25. 46A
                                                                                                          Oklahoma tribe
                                                                                                        26. 47A
                                                                                                          Per this 1993 Aerosmith hit, love is "sweet misery"
                                                                                                        27. 48A
                                                                                                        28. 49A
                                                                                                          Hitchcock classic that [spoiler alert] still rocks
                                                                                                        29. 51A
                                                                                                          Type of fish
                                                                                                        30. 53A
                                                                                                          Assesses, or the assessments used to do so
                                                                                                        31. 56A
                                                                                                          Pina ___ (rum drink)
                                                                                                        32. 60A
                                                                                                          Word puzzle that involves a grid, letters, and numbers
                                                                                                        33. 63A
                                                                                                          Hard worker
                                                                                                        34. 64A
                                                                                                        35. 65A
                                                                                                          Fiscal exec
                                                                                                        36. 66A
                                                                                                          Hoofing it
                                                                                                        37. 67A
                                                                                                          Low vocal range
                                                                                                        38. 68A
                                                                                                          Frequently, in verse
                                                                                                        39. 69A
                                                                                                          Say "no" to
                                                                                                        1. 1D
                                                                                                          A majority, but not all
                                                                                                        2. 2D
                                                                                                          World's largest furniture store since 2008
                                                                                                        3. 3D
                                                                                                          Poet Ogden
                                                                                                        4. 4D
                                                                                                          Slight improvement
                                                                                                        5. 5D
                                                                                                        6. 6D
                                                                                                          Ballpark figure
                                                                                                        7. 7D
                                                                                                          Club in a Manilow song
                                                                                                        8. 8D
                                                                                                          Alka-Seltzer sound
                                                                                                        9. 9D
                                                                                                        10. 10D
                                                                                                          Eye or star follower
                                                                                                        11. 11D
                                                                                                          ___ de France
                                                                                                        12. 12D
                                                                                                          Govt. code crackers
                                                                                                        13. 13D
                                                                                                          Hoover, for one
                                                                                                        14. 19D
                                                                                                          Something found on a rowboat
                                                                                                        15. 23D
                                                                                                          Star in Aquila
                                                                                                        16. 25D
                                                                                                          City near Detroit that is home to a rowing club founded in 1872
                                                                                                        17. 26D
                                                                                                          Actress Pia in "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"
                                                                                                        18. 27D
                                                                                                          Words on a pacifist's protest sign
                                                                                                        19. 28D
                                                                                                          Go from gig to gig
                                                                                                        20. 29D
                                                                                                          WWII subs
                                                                                                        21. 30D
                                                                                                          Shiny plaything
                                                                                                        22. 32D
                                                                                                          Really small
                                                                                                        23. 33D
                                                                                                          "Everyone's a ___!"
                                                                                                        24. 36D
                                                                                                          German grandma
                                                                                                        25. 37D
                                                                                                          "Long ___ (And Far Away)," Gershwin/Kern standard
                                                                                                        26. 40D
                                                                                                          Extra on the set, perhaps
                                                                                                        27. 43D
                                                                                                        28. 47D
                                                                                                          Sam's Club competitor
                                                                                                        29. 48D
                                                                                                          Doobie's brother
                                                                                                        30. 50D
                                                                                                          "For ___ a jolly good fellow"
                                                                                                        31. 52D
                                                                                                          TV exec Arledge
                                                                                                        32. 54D
                                                                                                        33. 55D
                                                                                                        34. 57D
                                                                                                          Baseball family name
                                                                                                        35. 58D
                                                                                                          God, in Portuguese
                                                                                                        36. 59D
                                                                                                          Tosca aria "Vissi d'___"
                                                                                                        37. 60D
                                                                                                          PD alert
                                                                                                        38. 61D
                                                                                                          "The Company"
                                                                                                        39. 62D
                                                                                                          Hi-___ graphics