Constructor's CommentsThis theme is proof that inspiration can come from the most unexpected sources. I was watching an episode of The Muppet Show from my DVD collection, and Fozzie made a joke about how he never had children because he couldn't "bear" them. This groaner made me think of how "bear" has multiple meanings, one of which is "tolerate." A thesaurus consultation provided the rest.
I am one of those constructors who like to include 8- and 10-point Scrabble letters when it's possible to do so without compromising the fill. Happily, I was able to place three Zs and a J in this one.