New York Times, March 8
The title gives a big clue that the theme answers have something extra in them … but what? Here’s a hint: Postscript.
That’s actually what P.S. stands for when you add that little afterthought to a letter. Letter? I know, such a throwback. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a P.S. on an e-mail. (Quick trivia question: What does R.S.V.P. stand for? Repondez, s’il vous plait. Respond, please!)
Anyway, all of the theme answers have the letters “PS” added to them. So the answer to 23 Across, “Rachael Ray activity eliciting oohs and aahs?” is “COOKING WITH GASPS” — a play on “cooking with gas.”
For 47 Across, “Advice to actor Perry when delivering a baby?” the answer is the clever “USE THE FORCEPS LUKE” — a reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s famous “Use the force, Luke!” advice to Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars.”
P.S. A shout-out to my friend Melissa on 11 Down, “What the 300 defended.” The answer is SPARTA, although the movie “300” (which she worked on!) depicts the Battle of Thermopylae.
Questions or comments? Twitter me @crosswordkathy