Today's puzzle comes up with a CTRL-N twist on an old idea: replacing parts of phrases with the SHORTCUT you would use in a word processing program. And CTRL-A of them are spot on! Nothing I would CTRL-Z.
Okay, enough of that.
I filled in the NW corner quickly enough, aided by everybody's favorite auntie, MAME. So I knew right off the bat that something was up, but couldn't figure out the answer at 19A: Protection from piracy (CTRLCRIGHT) - copyright. So I worked my way up from the SW corner instead. I like the two "Elude" clues, leading to old friends DODGE and AVOID.
In fact, the first theme answer I got (after the revealer) was TOOTHCTRLV. Which I first entered as TOOTHpaste. And then it hit me. My favorite of the four is NICECTRLF. That's fun!
|FETA - yum!|
On the other hand, I enjoyed POOHBEAR, a rarely seen but completely acceptable version of his name.
P.S. - A double debut puzzle! Congratulations to Mr. Bergman and Mr. Otting.