So I woke up this morning all ready for a Memorial Day theme to today’s crossword. Alas, it was not. Still, today we honor the ones who gave their lives in defense of our great nation.
We’ve built our freedoms on the blood and sacrifice of those who have gone before us. Yes, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. But also the ones who put themselves daily between us and the threats of this world. We thank you for serving.
The key to today’s theme, at 63A (When TV viewership peaks), is PRIMETIME. The other themed clues are:
17A: Epoch of rare distinction – GOLDENAGE
24A: Topic of a happy annual report – BANNERYEAR
36A: Something circled on a calendar – REDLETTERDAY
53A: Period of supreme courage and achievement – FINESTHOUR
(AGE, YEAR, DAY, HOUR, all measures of TIME).
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Other interesting clues include:
4A: Singer Mitchell who wrote “Woodstock” (but didn’t attend) – JONI
15A: Former Israeli P.M. Ehud – BARAK
Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
23A: Archie’s wife on “All in the Family” – EDITH
My favorite clue of the day:
61A: Substituted “math” for “mass,” say – LISPED