I mentioned our friend Andrew yesterday as being instrumental to our solving the puzzle, well, he enjoyed the experience so much that he started the puzzle today, and was reluctant to give it up! Instead, he read clues aloud to a a group of us, and we shouted out answers. It went along pretty well, except that he was intent on trying to work on the theme answers before we really understood what the theme would be, or had any crosses. We tried to explain that you usually can't just do that. Eventually, the message got across, I think.
Anywho, the theme, once discovered, was clever and enjoyable. BOBCATRABBITACCORD (55A: Peace treaty between a predator and its prey?) was a personal favorite, and MIDGETOUTBACKEXPLORER (116A: Diminutive Aborigine?) was right up there.
Pretty nice, clever clues. 35A: Sticky handle? (ELMERS) and 94A: Magazine user (UZI) were fun, and SHANKS (98A: Mistakes made by some bad drivers) was nicely misleading. 71D: Speak pigeon (COO), too, was very nice. It's funny, I don't remember seeing GMA ever before, and suddenly it's in two days in a row.
I think that a few weeks ago I admitted that I don't usually like Sunday puzzles, but now we've had three in a row that I've liked quite a bit. Welp, I guess maybe I'll have to change my mind!