Announcement. The additional bonus Sunday puzzle for all those who gave in July's drive will be mailed out today by lunchtime. Thanks again for your support. If you tipped and for some reason don't get the puzzle, let me know. If you'd like to get two Sunday-sized bonus BEQ puzzle (one themed, one themeless), hit me up.
As for today's grid. This is the skeletal pattern that I first saw Peter Gordon use, and that I rode to an ORCA victory last year. Can I do it again this year? We'll see. Normally, the two long entries and the spanning middle one are my seeds for this puzzle, and to be sure, that was the case with the long 12-letter entries here. The next seed was 6-Down because of the must-use clue. Speaking of clues, rather enjoyed the one at 40-Down and love the gonzo trivia at 44-Down. Hope you like it.
Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.