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Some mini- and vague-as-possible spoilers about today’s puzzle approaching: we’ve got ourselves a 70-word themeless, and while I didn’t originally plan for the similar clue angles at 1- and 62-Across, I thought it was funny how that sorta worked out. I built this grid around the seed entry at 17-Across, which my brother Justin did last weekend and which my oldest brother Matt completed several years prior. That leaves me as the only Birnholz child left to give it my all. And let’s just say I’m definitely planning on giving it my 0%. So this is my way of saying, Good show, Other Birnholzes! I doff my out-of-shape hat to you. But I won’t be forgiving either of you for this sponsored Facebook ad. Yeah, that’s a real ad, and it cuts me and my wussy unfit ass right to the quick.
So they can scratch that off their Bucket Lists. But I had a Bucket List moment this week, too! And for that, I have to give a major, major round of thanks to Sam Ezersky and his gem of a puzzle here. Never thought I’d see the day. And if that weren’t enough, Erik Agard then went ahead and dropped in this clue for 1-Down the very next day! Y’all are too kind, fellas. And all of you out in Solver Land should be checking out their weekly puzzles.
Enjoy today’s puzzle. There will be a new one on May 23.