Titled “Underwater Search,” this puzzle came with a note:
When this puzzle is done, look for a name (hinted at by 37-Down) hidden 17 times in the grid, each reading forward, backward, down, up or diagonally, word search-style.
37 D: 2003 Pixar film – Answer: Finding Nemo. Ergo, the hidden word is nemo. Knowing that made it easier to fill in the major answers since they had to include those four letters in A row. That, in turn, helped fill in surrounding answers.
55A: “The Canterbury Tales” pilgrim. This should have been easy for me since I was an English teacher and have taught it. But it took filling in a few of letters before I could come up with the correct answer: Reeve.
42A: Finnish city near the Arctic Circle. Unless you happen to have been born in Finland, have visited there, or are a geography genius — none of which applies to me — I’m guessing that, like me, you probably haven’t heard of Oulu.
45D: 1972 Bill Withers hit. Never heard of him or the correct answer: Use Me.
It all came down to filling in one letter to finish.* Not having any idea what the right answers were, I just guessed. And as they might say on Sesame Street, “This correctly completed puzzle is brought to you by the letter R.”
126A: Inner tube-shaped – Answer: Toric
103D: Capital of Eritrea – Answer: Asmara
Re: finding all the nemos. I searched and searched and searched some more but could only find 16.
*Note: The August 7th puzzle came down to one letter. Unfortunately, I guessed wrong. Otherwise, this would have been five correctly completed Sunday puzzles in a row.