crossword about 5 hours to write
Matt here, doing a quick self-blog.
Very tough Week 3, which just 83 solvers found. We were looking for a well-known peninsula, and the three apparent (and actual, it turned out) theme entries were:
16-A [“Roger” and “me,” in the sentence “Jennifer gave Roger and me the books”] = INDIRECT OBJECTS
35-A [Very smart person, per a cliche] = ROCKET SCIENTIST
56-A [Old-school Secret Service] = PRAETORIAN GUARD
What’s going on here? Well, “You’re Surrounded!” is the title, there are three theme entries, and a peninsula is surrounded on three sides by water. This suggests that each of the three theme entries points to a body of water.
The entry initials: I.O., R.S., P.G. = Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Persian Gulf. Which surround meta-answer the ARABIAN PENINSULA.