RC and I got together at Il Fornaio on Saturday and we squinted — Saturday crosswords are smaller. Nevertheless, even with the smaller space available, we managed to get through it well enough after having spent a reasonable amount of time staring at a blank crossword trying to work out the theme.
Solving 12 across revealed to us the theme (gold from French gave the answer away) and RC immediately licked his lips with excitement. We had to cheat a little and do some research despite our fondness, especially RC’s, for the theme, nevertheless 9 across and 6 down remain unsolved:
Overall, though, we agreed that this was a more run-of-the-mill DA, one which we certainly appreciated but did not relish.