Programming announcement: The Summer Tip Drive begins today. BEQ.com shall always be free and solvers are under no obligations to pay money for this site. Making crosswords is my business, and business is good. So are you not entertained? Of course you are. Now, having said that, there are some costs to keeping this machine chugging along. Long-time solvers know the drill, if you can tip just $10 not only will I be eternally grateful, but also as an additional thank you I'll send you a Sunday-sized themeless and a Sunday-sized themed puzzle. It's a bigger than normal serving of BEQ-goodness to keep you occupied in the early summer weeks. Or for later on in the summer if you don't get to them right away. The drive is only for three weeks (it ends on Independence Day), and if you're not already on board with chipping in, one randomly selected donor will get a copy of "Drunk Crosswords." Thanks ahead of time to all.
Today's offering, or at least today's seed answer, was brought to you by my "Drunk Crosswords" collaborator, Francis Heaney. If you have to ask what that answer is, you'll never know. While were here, how about that piece of trivia at 42-Across? I had no idea until I researched the clue!
Share the puzzle. Tip if you can. New one on Thursday.