Copy Cats – The New York Times

Todays Theme

Well, I fibbed a little when I said above that you could just crawl into bed. Were going to have to make the bed first.

Oh, and youre also going to have to share it with Arturo TOSCANINI the well-known conductor at 23A who had a mean downbeat even in his sleep, so watch that arm. Sorry, I forgot to mention that.

The BED (OF ROSES) is in the center of rows six and seven, and apparently, Mr. TOSCANINI is already asleep. Hes covered by a BLANKET (OF SNOW), with a SHEET (OF ICE) underneath him. Brr.

To complete the worst night of sleep you will ever get, there is a chorus of TEEN IDOLS hiding under the bed, crooning away until the early hours. Thats not part of the theme; I just made that up. But they are under the BED, at 49A.

Completing Mr. Raymons set is the revealer FIELD OF DREAMS, which is our fairly crowded and noisy BED.

Nicely done, Mr. Raymon, but I think Im going to sleep on the couch tonight.

This idea sat around for a long time because I couldnt come up with a revealer. I loved that BLANKET OF SNOW, SHEET OF ICE, and BED OF ROSES went together so well (bed item + OF + something in nature), but with only those three I didnt think it was a solid enough theme. Then finally I got FIELD OF DREAMS and was good to go!

I think I first tried regular crossword symmetry, which could work, since the theme answer lengths are 13, 10, 10 and 13. I dont remember if I had trouble with that or just felt like playing around, but I ended up doing mirror symmetry and making the theme answers sort of visually represent BLANKET, SHEET and BED. I really like that extra layer. And BED is even under some black squares that sort of look like a bed! That made me smile.

The stickler in me loves my clue for LAY: Word often misused in place of lie. I try to avoid correcting people in real life (the struggle is real), so it was fun to throw it in here. And its particularly fitting to mention, considering the theme!

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Copy Cats - The New York Times

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