1A DONS is crossed with 2D OMERTA, and I thought this would be a dangerous puzzle. It wasn't, but it was clever. An anagram of a theme answer [GALLERY
] is used to tie in ARTLINKLETTER, NATIONALDEBT, PRESSCHARGES, and PEANUTALLERGY
. I suppose purists might not like mixing verbs with nouns, but this was fun.
I liked "Raise canines?"
for TEETHE but not "Meted (out)"
for DEALT. I think doled
would be better. We don't "deal out," we "dole out."