May 8th, 2020

QC1609 by Juno - VEry CleVEr!

What fun! A great piece of grid filling by Juno to mark today's anniversary... and some pretty good clues too. I was about 1/2 way through solving before I realised exactly what was going on.  My LOI was 20D, which was a write-in given the theme - you surely can't have missed that every answer incudes "VE"? I was a bit slow to start but finished just a few seconds over 5 minutes, so, with the aid of the theme, I don't think it can be too hard. But I'm sure you will let me know if I got that wrong! COD to 14A for the lovely incorporation of the theme in the surface, but 15A is pretty good too. Beautifully done, Juno. Thanks! How did you all like it?

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