It's rare that we get a 66-word grid that has as much freshness as today's. Typically once we cross that 68 word count barrier, there are, shall we say, liberties taken with the fill to make the wide-open corners work. That is, unless you add some extra black squares, which, okay, sometimes aren't pretty. But hey, let's enjoy the answers instead of the grid aesthetics. And if for whatever reason it really bothers you, you can always think of the grid as flanked by blocks of chocolate. (Who's hungry now?)
I said it last week, and I'm going to say it again. Do this Patick Berry cryptic. It's the kind of puzzle that just makes you go "... How?!" One of the all-time greats from one of the all-time greats.
Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.