This poem always comes to mind around my birthday, because I've always thought I was born on a Tuesday. I found this nifty website that confirmed it.
What does that have to do with Jonathan Gersch's puzzle? Well, it's another Tuesday's child, and it's also full of grace--with an easy but clever theme.
What's more, it's the first pangram I've seen in a while (all 26 letters of the alphabet are in the grid) other than occasions when that was the theme itself.
The theme is revealed at 36A: Word that can follow the starts of 17-, 23-, 51- and 59-Across (knots). The four theme answers are:
- 17A: Spoonerism, usually (slip of the tongue).
- 23A: Sight along the Thames (Windsor Castle)
- 51A: Hoedown folks (square dancers)
- 59A: San Francisco tourist attraction (Fisherman's Wharf)
I was onto this theme sooner than most (themes, not solvers). Got 17A without difficulty, but because of an error in 3D: Slickers and the like (rainwear), I had rainGear...which made 23A look strange indeed. I haven't been there, but I'm relatively certain there's nothing on the Thames that begins with Ginds. Once I got that mess straightened out, I was well on my way. I may not know sports, but I know my knots.
Another good cross at 49A: Like some dental floss (unwaxed) and 39D: Crew's leader (Coxswain). There were some pretty tacky ways they could have clued unwaxed. I'll leave that to your imagination.
I really like the crossing of homonyms at 8D: Grandmother of Enoch (Eve) and 15A: Gutter site (eave). The Eve of Destruction...could be interpreted a number of ways.
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That's all (finis).