I am really pleased with today's gimmick. As far as I can tell, I don't think anybody's done this theme in this very specific way that I did it here. Obviously, I fully expect to hear from somebody that a Crossword Jesus named Mike Shenk did something similar back in the '80s. It seems that happens more than I'd like to acknowledge. No matter, I hope you enjoy it.
So today's the absolutely last reminder regarding the 2014 BEQ Summer Drive. Thanks to everyone who gave already, the response was huge. If you were waiting until the last possible moment to give, well, you still have time to chip in. This site is always free, there will never be a call for subscriptions. And you should never feel obligated to pay, just take the puzzles. I'm not making these for my own satisfaction. I want to entertain you. But if BEQ.com brings a little joy to your life, please consider a $10 tip. Thank you. All donors will get two bonus Sundays (a themed and a themeless), and one randomly selected donor will get a copy of "Marching Bands."
Happy Thirth of July. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday.