Ooh! Tom Swifties! Those clever quotes which end with a descriptive adverb which is related in a punny way to the topic of the quote. Hard to explain, easy to get.
Today we get five examples, and in time-honored fashion, I'm going to rank them in the completely objective manner which is my personal opinion.
5. 17A: "This hot dog is absolute perfection!," said Tom ____ (WITHRELISH). It's cute, but really, isn't the condiment called relish because it adds said relish to the taste, in some people's opinions?
4. 61A: "Many thanks for your help in Paris," said Tom ____ (MERCIFULLY). Just like the first one, since "merciful" comes from the French for thanks. But more humorous.
3. 24A: "You're making a grave mistake," said Tom ____ (CRYPTICALLY). I like this one, actually, better on the second reading.
2. 47A: "I've learned my lesson about feeding the tigers," said Tom ____ (OFFHANDEDLY). Oh, that's good. And so topical, given everybody's obsession with Tiger King recently. Sadly, one of his keepers literally did lose a hand. And was surprisingly laid back about it.
1. 38A: "I can't find a flower for 'She loves me, she loves me not," said Tom (LACKADAISICALLY). Hah! That's brilliant. And it's 15-letter grid spanner. For the win.
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I like a reference to Star Trek, but BEAMABOARD feels like a bit of a stretch. Mostly, people and objects were "beamed up," as I recall.
BESOT is wonderful.