Today's six theme answers are two-word phrases that all contain a first name, but as compound words, refer to (mostly) non-human things. I've never heard of SNEAKYPETE, but the rest, BLOODYMARY, EVENSTEVEN, SLOPPYJOE, JOLLYROGER,and LAZYSUSAN are old friends. The theme entertained, but I do worry that the NYTX is pushing the limits of social distancing by crowding those six individuals into a 15 x 15 grid, not to mention LESAGE, LEROY, ELMER, and GAVIN.
The puzzle also features the "Sign of the Ram" or ARIES, which is the sign for people born between March 20th and APR 21st. Happy birthday to all the Aries out there, especially anyone whose birthday is today!
And speaking of the ALPS, Horace and I took an AERO plane earlier this year to attend a work conference in Innsbruck, where one can see what are apparently called the Northern Limestone Alps. Whatever you call them, they make for stunning scenery. In the city, it was just cold enough to wear WOOL. When we climbed an Alp to go sledding, we could see ITALIA in the distance. Horace and I travelled through the CANTON of ZURICH en route to Paris. No DUTCH this time. We returned from Europe only six weeks ago, but it's a different world now.