Everybody enjoys a Spoonerism, right? It's the transposition of two consonant sounds in a sentence (e.g. "The Lord is a shoving leopard," "A blushing crow"). Well, today we have three such examples, each transposing an M and a W. BUTMATETHERESWAR! There's also grid art, showing Ws and Ms swirling in the center, and I like to think that disjointed equals sign is somehow explaining that we have to swap one for the other. It's like that time on "Mork & Mindy" when Mindy was possessed by the devil and Orson yells "Waste her, Mork!" No, wait, I meant to say it's a masterwork!
Wow, that was a long way to go for that. But was it any farther than ""Just a reminder: the golf course is reserved for the guys tomorrow," e.g.?" for MENSDAYWARNING? I'm not so sure it was. Still, the absurdity made me laugh, and who could ask for more on a murse-day thorning?
OK, let's talk instead about some of the non-theme material. Constructors might sometimes get a little BADPR when reviewers get HUNGUP on the OVERUSE of certain entries (ETTU, ETNA, TTOP), but WELLOKAY, when it's all in the service of a hilarious theme, I'll not GETNASTY. Besides, there was more humor to be found in the clues "One who might say 'Thank God it's Friday'?" (CRUSOE) and "Ones playing things low-key?" (BASSES), and I enjoyed "Subdivision subdivision" for LOT.
There were quite a few names, some of them obscure (ELI, HUTTON, CEDRIC, HEEP, ELSIE, ARES, ASTIN, HALS, ONO), and once again, I can't help relating ONHOLD (Temporarily suspended) and DOWNTURN (Market woe) to the troubling times we are all experiencing, but ALLINALL, I enjoyed the theme so much that I still AVE praise POR the fuzzle.