Quick solution post today, though the puzzle had a lot going on. We had eight long entries that were titles of artistic works (mostly books) derived from Shakespeare quotes. We also had a handful Shakespeare quotes in the clues, with citations to Act X, Scene Y by just writing (X, Y). And we had a 5×5 square in the upper left, shaded.
The idea was to find the “inspiration point” for each title by thinking of the (act, scene) pair as (column, row) coordinates in the grid. The letters in those squares, in order of the theme entries (two of which mapped to the same point as they were both from Act V Scene 1 of their respective plays), spelled out Vladimir Nabokov’s novel PALE FIRE, itself a Shakespeare-inspired title. Like so:
From Shakespeare-inspired titles we move on to one from Revelation; up next is Puzzle #65, “The Seventh Sign.”
What phrase, formed from two grid entries, could be a seventh theme entry?. Submit your answer using the contact form by 11 pm Pacific Time on Monday, June 22. I’ll publish a new puzzle next Tuesday.