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· By Brian Callahan · Published 2023-10-10T14:43:31.154Z

Constructor's Note
If you get a chance, check out today's L.A. Times crossword. It might be the tightest theme set I've used in a puzzle:
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  • Maxish 🤓50s · 2023-10-10T17:51:02.969Z
    Nice one! "Level often avoided in a building?"
    • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-10-11T02:40:11.173Z
      If only "floor" or "story" would work with the theme! Thanks for checking it out
      • Maxish 🤓50s · 2023-10-11T04:07:23.642Z
        D'oh! I'm really good at coming up with non-themers. How about "1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, and Anthony Michael Hall." SIXTEEN CANDLES. You're welcome. 🤣
    • kurtalert 🤓25s · 2023-10-10T19:53:47.016Z
      Love it!
      • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-10-11T02:39:20.485Z
      • Jake A 🤓38s · 2023-10-10T20:08:09.535Z
        Lovely stuff!
      • Neathery 1:04 · 2023-10-10T21:02:18.061Z
        • JeffsPuzzles 🤓51s · 2023-10-11T00:04:26.611Z
          A fine mini and admirable LAT puzzle. I can't come up with anything for 17th but there's a Rolling Stones song, "19th Nervous Breakdown"
          • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-10-11T02:39:09.767Z
            Thanks for solving! "19th Nervous Breakdown" doesn't quite work with the PRIME TIME reveal, but it would be a great themer for the reveal PRIME NUMBERS with numbers being songs. I've played around a bit with that idea in the past. Based on length, it'd have to a Sunday grid.
          • Izzy 1:32 · 2023-10-11T00:48:44.989Z
            Good stuff
            • Jon 🤓1:02 · 2023-10-11T03:29:57.619Z
              • Paul Smith 3:25 · 2023-10-11T09:14:50.858Z
                thanks. :) and thanks for linking to your lat puzzle. i've never tried them before.
                • GR 🤓11s · 2023-10-11T23:28:17.920Z
                  Siskel and Ebert - nice, two thumbs up for that
                  • GR 🤓11s · 2023-10-11T23:30:28.102Z
                    my bad for including a spoiler in the comment, I'd edit/delete the comment if I could
                    • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-10-12T01:55:40.391Z
                      Actually, I think you're ok here. Don't believe you can see the comments until after the puzzle is solved. Also...impressive time!
                    • merlinnimue 🤓53s · 2023-10-12T20:41:50.340Z
                      Nice... got a bit hung up as I was sure 8a had to be BRIAN (...and it turned out I was right after all!)
                      • Sendhil Revuluri 🤓28s · 2023-10-15T22:47:21.068Z
                        Fun! And congratulations on the LAT puzzle — I enjoyed it!
                        • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-10-16T00:48:44.761Z
                        1. 1A
                        2. 5A
                          '90s fitness portmanteau
                        3. 6A
                          Longtime "Chicago Tribune" film critic and partner of 3-Down
                        4. 7A
                        5. 8A
                          Particularly impressive person, in slang
                        1. 1D
                          Obama daughter who graduated from U.S.C. in 2023 (now don't you feel old?)
                        2. 2D
                          Toys made in China, for short
                        3. 3D
                          Longtime "Chicago Sun-Times" film critic and partner of 6-Across
                        4. 4D
                          Multinational fruit company founded in Hawaii
                        5. 5D
                          "Person of the Year" magazine
                        6. 6D
                          Bro or sis