Another novel theme this week. I must admit I nearly completed the whole grid before “getting” what was going on. I found it worth the trouble. So this, for most solvers, one of those puzzles where you’ll fill in most of the non-theme answers and even solve some of the long answers with [see above] in them without necessarily getting the theme itself. Basic hint: Keep re-reading the title and put it together with what’s in the brackets. Second hint: Something funny is going on with several short answers that are not exactly theme answers (they aren’t the long down clues that say [see above] and the funny thing that’s happening is not a rebus.
Specific non-theme hints:
61-Down Parting word: Or: greeting word.
62-Down Taunting figure: Especially if you’re huge and not known for your intelligence.
121-Across Scale unit: Or: _______ of protection
90-Down Per: I wanted “A POP.” Close…same idea
95-Down Her name is Norwegian for “beautiful woman who leads to victory.”: Unfortunately, perhaps because she’s Norwegian, many complain that she doesn’t understand English very well!
67-Down NBA Hall-of-famer Thomas: He’s also quite famous for how his name isn’t quite spelled like the biblical character.
87-Across Angelicas and others: Well, HUSTONS doesn’t fit. This angelica has cures ones ills in a different way.