NYtimes Crossword answer: Things that could be written on sticky notes

89D. There are two rhyming Shakespearean characters in this puzzle; I think that EMILIA from Othello, mentioned in this clue, could have persuaded OPHELIA from Hamlet to stay out of the water and open a yoga studio in the Scottish Highlands.

This puzzle contains an Easter rebus that makes seven appearances in six entries at 32-, 39-, 42-, 64-, 96-, and 106-Across. These clues are not placed symmetrically within the grid, nor otherwise set apart, making it one of those themes that can sneak up on you or evade capture – one of the meanings of the puzzle’s title today. today, “On the Hunt”. There are also a few uses of the rebus that were new, at least to me, but there are others that are familiar enough to cause a smile.

I imagine “Bob Marley and the Wailers, for one” has been the breaking point for many solvers, especially if your musical chops have taken you to MEL B and Kool Moe DEE, both of which run through the entries (just like MIA , which I wish I had also been identified as the pop star). This gives you three letters in BAND; “reggae” doesn’t fit at first, but that’s okay. Crossing the second letter of the entry is “identified”; as soon as you pin it to be “attached” you’ve opened the deal wide – R [EGG] AE BAND crosses P [EGG] ED. We are participating in an Easter egg hunt!

Due to the messy layout of the rebuses (EGGs are concealed enough to be considered “Easter Eggs,” idiomatically), you’ll find yourself waiting for EGGs at every turn, making for an excellent challenge. The “rumrunner” is familiar, as is the sisterhood reference, mom-to-be, and broken deal.

I never heard of the football movement, however, and the Canadian dweller, though deductible, also snuck up on me. I didn’t trip over Y [EGG] S and V [EGG] ES OUT until the end, but I loved the centerpiece of the grid, two easy EGGS overs, maybe, but perfect in their fluff.