Theme: "Lincoln Center" — Four theme answers are phrases that contain President Lincoln's first name, ABE.
- 17A: *Era in which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays (ELIZABETHAN).
- 60A: *Put in order, as files (ALPHABETIZE). Also books, CDs, and canned goods.
- 11D: *With no tags (UNLABELED).
- 33D: *Veggies of Andean origin (LIMA BEANS). I think we're all pronouncing it wrong.
- 37A: Performing arts site where ground was broken 5/14/1959, and a hint to the shared feature of the answers to starred clues (LINCOLN CENTER).
Hey, everyone. Just got done watching "American Idol," and after all that excitement, I must say I'm a little BLASÉ (22A: Indifferent) about this puzzle. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing really sparkled for me either. Also, it was kind of a long day and I have another one ahead of me tomorrow, so I'm sorry if this doesn't meet the high entertainment standard that we try to set around here. At least I'll get you started, then you can talk it up all you want in the comments.
- 11A: Official in black (UMP). And white. Black and white. Right? Or is that just refs? The home-plate umpire doesn't just wear black though, does he? This one confuses me.
- 15A: Communion bread holder (PATEN). I can never remember this word. Anyone have any ideas about how to make it stick this time?
- 29A: "Rocky III" actor (MR T.). Had a hard time parsing this for some reason. So obvious, once it's in there.
- 31A: Quick-drying paint (TEMPERA). I was thinking tempura for some reason. What is that? Paint?
- 36A: Article in Elle France (LES). Elle France is a magazine. But we don't want a word for a magazines article. Instead we're looking for a part of speech. The word LES is French for the, which is grammatically an article.
- 45A: A followers (BCD). Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Never like seeing these letter strings. I suppose there are times when it can't be helped.
- 59A: "Ghost" psychic __ Mae Brown (ODA). Not to be confused with Ola Rae, the female lead in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.
- 66A: Cobb and others (TYS). Others like who? Come on. Let's name some more Tys. Who wants to go first?
- 68A: Breezy bye-byes (TATAS). BEQ would clue this differently. Also BOOB [45D: Nincompoop]. Heh heh. You said boob.
- 2D: El Niño feature? (TILDE). The tilde is that little squiggly mark over the n.
- 4D: Tasseled topper (FEZ). I can't see this word without picturing Akbar and Jeff.
- 8D: Only team besides the Yankees to win three consecutive World Series (ATHLETICS). You just HAD to bring that up, didn't you?
- 37D: Symbolic end of summer (LABOR DAY). And don't even think about wearing white shoes after that.