Greetings, Dear Reader, Horace here. I've been spending the weekend in a small beach community. Last night we saw and heard fireworks exploding all up and down the coast - some sanctioned, many more not - and today we will stand on the side of the street and watch a parade pass by. I'm not feeling especially patriotic, but perhaps THATTOO will eventually pass. They say the long arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, but lately it has been straightened out by idiots dreaming of a less just past. But I digress.
Let's instead focus on Bartholdi's copper Colossus standing at our sea-washed, sunset gates. Her golden door is now more often shut than open, but this mighty woman with a torch will now need to accept more homeless and tempest-tost souls from within her own teeming shores.
Anyhoo... she holds a torch, she wears a crown and a gown, and she holds a tablet - all things found at the ends of the longest Across answers. The ASPRIRINTABLET (One way to deal with a pain in the neck) is the most hidden of the items. The other three are metaphoric in those phrases, but the phrases only work with the understanding of the actual items.
There's a nice nod to one of our pre-1776 ERAS with ENG. ROYALS, and ATON of foreign words and initials (YSL, EDER, COSI, KAHLO, ETTU, PSI) to keep us humble. You can bet the FBI will be watching Mr. Haight closely from now on! :)
Lastly, isn't it funny how ATTAR doesn't sound all that sweet?
My own MEH attitude about the country notwithstanding, I did enjoy this Monday puzzle, and I hope you all have a lovely holiday.