I have a book of crossword puzzles, and I just finished a crossword that I completely don’t understand. Usually I can figure out where they’re going with the “theme clues,” but after filling in this puzzle, I still don’t get it. Can someone explain the theme to me?
If you have the New York Times Sunday Crossword Tribute to Eugene T. Maleska book, it’s puzzle #76.
The title of the puzzle is “Put them all together…”
The pattern may not be relevant, but there are six theme clues–three on the top of the puzzle, three on the bottom. They are numbered as shown below:
The answers are:
If you put them all together in order, they read:
…which almost makes sense to me, but not quite. I have the feeling I’m being very dim about something here. Are the words scrambled? Am I reading them in the wrong order?
The clues themselves just say “Theme answer #x,” so no help there.
Thanks in advance for your help–this is driving me crazy, since obviously the back of the book gives the answers for the grid but doesn’t explain the wordplay.