It's gonna cost you! That's the theme of Thursday's puzzle, a clever rebus by Mike Nothnagel.
I'm usually slow to catch on to these things, but my legal background made 21A (Frequently used adverb on Court TV) a gimme. The problem was how to fit a 9-letter word into six squares. I don't remember much about the periodic table, but I had enough in the NE corner that I could guess that 9D (One column in the periodic table) had to end in gases. Et voila! With LEG in one square, I had my 9-letter word (allegedly) in six squares, with Noble Gases intersecting.
The theme, listed in the title, was revealed at 37A: Bargaining phrase...and a hint to this puzzle's theme.
And what's it gonna cost you? Not an arm and a leg, but two of each.
I didn't even start the puzzle until 9:30, after returning from book club, and I still have to make the frosting for a German Chocolate cake--from scratch--before heading to bed.
So, that's where I'm heading, and I'll turn over the rest of the puzzle commentary to Rex, Orange and Donald.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the puzzle.