Constructor's CommentsMy inspiration for this grid was realizing that LOLITA, one of my favorites, begins with LOL. Once I figured out that I could create a four-letter word by adding a vowel to LOL and the three answers would span the grid, the theme was set. The next step was finding parallel themers. I came up with PEPITA, ROSITA, NIKITA, and BONITA in my original grid; NIK and ROS were summarily deep-sixed, and the end result is the puzzle you see today. As a bonus, the fewer themers allow for cleaner fill. Hope you like it.
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