I had no idea what AGENTORANGE, GINGERROGERS, STAGEMANAGER, and GEORGEELIOT had in common until 67-Across said to look at the letters. It's an original idea and fun to do: hard g
's Down and soft g
I guess I had better learn texting abbreviations if I'm to complete today's Xwords. I have no idea what "As I see it" should look like in this new, mysterious lexicon.
I also don't know what SYN stands for in "Certain, for sure: Abbr."
I liked "Study of rock groups?"
for GEOLOGY and "When pigs fly!"