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1 puzzle by Anne Rowley
with Jeff Chen comments

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112/20/2021
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Mon 12/20/2021
WELCHDAMPANAL
OMAHAAMIECURE
ROYALRESPECTED
STITCHINTIME
TENYEATUSHIE
HOESEASENT
HEMANDHAWLAH
ALASSOLESUGLY
RIDDARNITALL
STARWADODE
HETEROARTPHI
COMMONTHREAD
THROBBINGEERIE
HOURALESFLORA
OPEDTESTTONYS

Figuring out "Name that Theme" in one phrase can be deflating. After uncovering STITCH IN TIME, I was 75% sure this would be a sewing theme. HEM AND HAW ironically took away my remaining hemming and hawing.

However, I love being surprised by a great revealer. Even though I knew (roughly) what to expect, COMMON THREAD gave me a big smile: perfect phrase to tie together (sorry) STITCH, HEM, DARN.

I wondered if DARN was inconsistent with the other nouns, but my ignorance in this area is apparent given my kids think socks with just a single (foot)hole are weird. DARN IT ALL? More like darn nothing.

Tough vocab for a Monday puzzle. I've had several newer solvers wonder about entries like EWER, such a constructor-friendly yet newb-confusing word. I'm a big fan of PEPITAs, but cross it with AMIE and then off-the-air DARIA, and that could give an inexperienced solver reasons to do something else.

I often don't like long Across bonuses since they muddy what is theme and what is not, but given the overtness of today's concept, I respected that RESPECTED and THROBBING obfuscated things a bit.

Such a treat to get an accessible wordplay clue on a Monday! I loved thinking about a SALAD getting dressed for lunch. That telltale question mark would sadly give away the game on a Friday puzzle, but for a Monday, it's a perfect alert.

I enjoyed COMMON THREAD, an amusing and spot-on revealer for a sewing theme. Along with a bit of extras in HALCYON and ID THEFT, a fun debut.