A clever Sunday theme today of a variety of different "____ and ____" answers tangentially clued with familiar "____ partners" or "partners ____" clues. SUCHAS
Silent partners (PEACEANDQUIET)
Writing partners (PENANDPAPER)
and Partners in crime (BREAKINGANDENTERING)
It's quite nice, really, and there are a lot of them, which led, no doubt, to a few HAPS (Unfortunate events, old-style) such as HAPS, ISSO, NTHS, ROES, BIENNIA, INREPAIR, and SPECIE (Money in coins rather than bills).
I never really liked the who, but I heard "My Generation" plenty in my youth, and I don't really remember any BASSSOLO. But that's probably just me.
So there was both "Sweetness and sourness" (TASTES) in this one, but overall, maybe I'm just a HUMBUG, but I didn't come away loving it. The theme is interesting, but I think there were a few too many concessions. Or maybe it was just that I was reminded of ZOOM, which I find troubling. I mean, it's great that we can all see each other so easily now, while we are forced to stay in our houses, but at the same time, when I think of ZOOM while I'm not actually using it, it gives me a deep feeling of sadness. It symbolizes, for me, this whole time of isolation, sickness, fear, and death. Anybody else get that?
Sorry to end on such a such a bad note. Things should get a lot more cheery when Frannie takes over the reins of this sleigh tomorrow. So until I see you again, Happy Puzzling and Happy New Year!