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· By Brian Callahan

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  • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-08-14T02:59:36.666Z
    If you're interested in solving the puzzle referenced in 4A, here's the link: (it should be up after 9pm PDT)
    • kieranjboyd 🤓1:47 · 2023-08-14T03:15:35.698Z
      Fantastic as always
    • seanm 🤓2:52 · 2023-08-14T13:41:55.744Z
      Great reference! Loved it
    • JeffsPuzzles 🤓1:21 · 2023-08-14T17:47:03.657Z
      Terrific puzzle, and your LAT grid from today was wonderful as well. First I though you had a G-T thing going in the LAT puzzle and was waiting for gin and tonic. Not there, alas, but I can always make myself one! Keep 'em coming - I always enjoy your puzzles!
      • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-08-15T04:50:19.618Z
        Thanks Jeff! Enjoy the G&T😉
      • Grant Kennell 9:54 · 2023-08-14T19:20:12.414Z
        Great job on both. We’re usually in the shadow of 11A so that was a nice change lol you’re getting to be a regular there.
        • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-08-15T05:34:35.828Z
          Thanks! When I was putting this together, one of my thoughts was "will this give Grant an earworm?"😂
          • Grant Kennell 9:54 · 2023-08-15T18:20:29.353Z
            I’m flattered lol
        • Kent D 🤓3:05 · 2023-08-14T22:33:31.209Z
          I do the LA Times Crossword first thing every morning. I was glad to see you there again! Two awsome puzzles from the same constructor in one day - excellent!
          • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-08-15T04:35:54.452Z
            🙏🏻Too kind - thanks Kent!
          • merlinnimue 🤓3:02 · 2023-08-15T15:12:56.337Z
            Congrats on the publication... I'll need to check it out, I cant keep up with you geniuses
            (I'd like to say I wrote a puzzle at all, published or not, but ITWASNTME)
            Good puzzle here... I'd like to say I finished it in a decent time but ITWASNTME
            • Sendhil Revuluri 🤓54s · 2023-08-15T17:12:42.280Z
              Fun! Congratulations! (And thankful that I am past the point in my life where I experience 13A!)
              Pre-shootout periods, in soccer: Abbr.
              1. 1A
                Pre-shootout periods, in soccer: Abbr.
              2. 4A
                West coast daily, for short (where you can find an absolutely delightful crossword by your humble constructor on Monday, August 14th😊)
              3. 7A
                Potent cannabis strain
              4. 8A
                ___ Corp (investment firm founded, owned, and operated by a former N.Y. Yankees player)
              5. 10A
                2001 Billboard chart-topper by 3-Down that inspired an actual legal defense strategy named after 3-Down
              6. 12A
                Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Euripides
              7. 13A
                Unpleasant post-bender portmanteau
              8. 14A
                "No" vote
              9. 15A
                Sellout inits.
              1. 1D
                Bested in a footrace
              2. 2D
                Tongue heard in Botswana (that's also seen in "Botswana")
              3. 3D
                See 10-Across
              4. 4D
                Director John of "Animal House," "The Blues Brothers," "Trading Places," "Three Amigos," "Coming to America," and the music video to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
              5. 5D
                More pretentious
              6. 6D
                "You say ___, I say ___" ("Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" lyric)
              7. 7D
                Friends and acquaintances, quaintly
              8. 9D
                Say 10-Across, e.g.
              9. 11D
                Focus of study at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute