Yesterday we had ZZZ all over the grid. Today we have A to Z. I know it wasn't eight weeks ago that we had the QWERTYUIOP puzzle, so I was kind of surprised to see it again.
John Farmer took a different twist with his Wednesday puzzle, though, with circles appearing randomly in the grid. The first thing I did was count the number of circles. When I counted 26, it was an alphabet giveaway.
The theme is revealed at 7D: Places to find the letters circled in the grid (QWERTY keyboards), cleverly followed by 8D: Use 7-Down (type).
The other three long answers are:
17A: Teleologist's concern (ultimate purpose)
38A: Figuring something out (using one's noodle). My favorite, although I had noggin at first.
61A: Part of a city code (zoning ordinance)
A bit of fun fill, as well. 10D: Zoo heavyweights, informally (hippos), 26A: Part of the verb "to be," to Popeye (yam), 56A: Make worse (exacerbate), and 57D: Eliminate (X out).
And some clever cluing. 54D: Strips for breakfast (bacon), 51A: Cries during a paso doble (oles), 1D: Like two dimes and four nickels (equal), and 59D: It both precedes and follows James (Bond).
I was delighted to see Ava Gardner return today, at 49A in the New York Times puzzle, and in the Sun puzzle as well. Both clues referred to Ava as an actress, rather than as anyone's ex. That's the way (uh huh, uh huh) I like it.
I'm always pleased when I get any sports answers, even those as simple as 7A: Game period: Abbr. (qtr) and 67A: Some ESPN highlights, for short (TDS). I feel so well rounded.
As always, the completed grid (along with his unique commentary) appears at Rex Parker Does the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. For the complete Sun puzzle grid and commentary, visit Green Genius.
Time to end (64A: Give the coup de grâce).