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As OP said it has its pros and cons. But here is my reason why I don't like it much.
1. When CCC is posted, I can just look at it absorb it and try to solve it. I don't have to browse or look on past post to figure out the theme If I am not regular or following all post in the Lounge,
2. Theme makes solving easy but framing the next one challenging. This I feel I should be vice versa.
3. Theme gives a unfair level playing field for few ( may be not), but If lets say its decided the theme is Harry Potter or Vegan then I will not be inspired to look into the CCC for that whole week. My apology to all Muggles.
Having said that, if majority prefers theme, I will go with it.
Too much of good is bad,mix some evil in it
I agree, although I was partly responsible for them being introduced I didn't realise they would end up almost being compulsory.
The down side of them is, they preclude otherwise good cryptic solvers ( and there are lots on here ) from not only solving them but taking part at all if they don't know the theme ( I'm one of them ) so I've voted to abandon them.
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