Monday June 20, 2016 — NYTimes Crossword No. 0516
Monday puzzles are the easiest of the week. My average time on a Monday is 12 minutes. Today was eleven — not really easier than normal, I just was being quick this morning.
Cute theme today, with the reveal at 59A: WEREALLSET (“Ready to go!” … or a description of 17-, 25-, 37-, and 48-Across?) [We’re all set]. Other themed clues include: 17A: BROKENBONE (Reason for a cast); 25A: VOLLEYBALL (Piece of sports equipment that’s spiked); 37A: DINNERTABLE (Family gathering place), I started filling as “Kitchen Table,” before I realized it didn’t fit; and 48A: ALARMCLOCK (Device with a snooze button).
There were a couple long-ish verticals at: 11D: AMENABLE (Willing to go along); and 37D: DONATION (Gift to a nonprofit). And a couple longer horizontals: 32A: TEAPOTS (Cozies keep them hot); and 41A: TAKESTO (Starts liking).
In the six-lettered category: 1D: IMBEAT (“Man, what a day!”) [I’m Beat]; 2D: DAREME (Comment after “You think I’m chicken?”) [Dare Me]; 3D: INONIT (Part of a prank, say) [In on it]; 45D: BOOSTS (Raises); 46D: APPEAL (Take to a higher court); and 47D: NESTLE (Snuggle).
Visit Idaho often, and been through many times 28A: TETON (Grand ___ National Park). Also I remember in the 1970’s when the dam broke and flooded Rexburg, Idaho. That was an amazing site to see [the aftermath].