Theme hint: If you happen to know me personally, you might know I played the role of the man who’s the subject of this puzzle last year. In this case, there’s barely a theme, just a unifying concept. You can forget about the circles until you’re done, they’re just a little added attraction. The man I’m referring to (5-Down) didn’t exactly “invent” 57-down, but he was the first to apply to the particular things that were 116-Across.
(Frequent readers: Apologies, I wrote, but forgot to hit “publish” last week.)
10 Specific hints:
75-down Ending with cyto- : or ecto- for that matter. Add an “a” and you’ve got a screen to keep your eyes on.
76-down Space rock, maybe: Maybe that’s what Chicken Little saw coming her way!
105-across Polo ground:: Or: These hints are made to help ______ you. Hope you don’t feel more dis______ed than when you started!
88-across How many Playboy bunnies dress: If they have at least a little something on
94-down Big Bang Theory creator: Or, the nefarious “M” and many other devious characters
47-down He wrote “I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating.”: He wasn’t joking, either. He even wrote a book titled La Nausée (The Nausea)
88-down Pearl Buck heroine: From The Good Earth. Just a letter away from Camus’ city where infested with plague and not to be confused with the small emirate near the Persian gulf. All three are crossword puzzle favorites.
63-down Up to the task: Or “_____ I was ere…”
25-across Bobble: think noun, not verb
29-across ______ Peninsula. And a homonym of the clue to 44-across