Theme: "Moooo!" — The word HERD is "hidden" in three theme answers.
- 20A: Ralph McInerny's priest/detective (FATHER DOWLING).
- 27A: Place to order gefilte fish (KOSHER DELI).
- 51A: Scarlett's last words (ANOTHER DAY). YouTube wouldn't let me embed the video, but here's a link.
- 57A: Pressure to conform, and a hint to the hidden word found in 20-, 27- and 51-Across (HERD MENTALITY).
This is going to be a quick write-up today. PuzzleDaughter got sent home from school early today with a twisted ankle which means I didn't exactly get everything done that I had planned to do. (She's fine, by the way. Just limping around a little, but that's probably more because she's a Drama Queen than because it hurts.) So now it's late and here we are.
- 15A: One of Chekhov's "Three Sisters" (OLGA). The other two are Maria and Irina.
- 17A: Kotter portrayer Kaplan (GABE). I miss that show.
- 19A: Winner over Alexander in 1804 (AARON). I believe this has something to do with a duel. I'm sure it's an interesting story, but again, sorry! Rushing through this! (Do notice, though, that the clue includes Hamilton's first name, indicating that the answer will also be a first name (Aaron Burr).)
- 31A: Elected officials (INS). We had a discussion about this not too long ago — not sure if it was here or elsewhere. This is confusing to some people, and I'm not sure I've ever heard the word "ins" used in this way. It means, basically, that the people have been voted IN, so now they can be called INS. I always think of it like the in-crowd which I'm not sure makes any sense but it works for me.
- 54A: Short change? (CTS). Abbreviation of cents.
- 55A: Burt's costar in "The Killers" (AVA). That's Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner.
- 56A: Port ENE of Cleveland, O. (ERIE, PA). Ooh, I like it that we get the city and the state here, although I'm not crazy about that abbreviation for Ohio. I would have made it the postal code: OH.
- 66A: Negro Leagues great Buck (O'NEIL). After retiring from playing, O'Neil worked as a scout for the Chicago Cubs, who hired him as a coach — the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball — in 1962.
- 67A: Deco notable (ERTÉ). Pseudonym of Russian-born French artist and designer Romain de Tirtoff.
- 68A: Largest known dwarf planet (ERIS). Wondering who to blame for Pluto being demoted? Look no further. It's all Eris's fault.
- 71A: Nutritional stds. (RDAS). Recommended Daily Allowance. I seem to remember some grumbling about the fact that RDAs are an obsolete standard? Not sure about that.
- 3D: Choreographer with nine Tonys (BOB FOSSE). When I think Bob Fosse, I picture Joel Grey. What if life really is a cabaret?
- 6D: Peter Fonda role (ULEE). "Ulee's Gold." You don't have to see it; you just have to know it.
- 9D: Conductor Seiji (OZAWA). Music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 29 years (1973–1994).
- 21D: Doctors' works (THESES). As in "I'd love to earn a doctorate someday, but writing a thesis doesn't sound like much fun."
- 34D: "Great" czar (PETER I).
- 40D: Spot for a garden (SIDE YARD). This is a phrase we actually use here at the PuzzleHouse, but I didn't think it was all that common.
- 42D: "Divine Secrets of the __ Sisterhood" (YA-YA). I read this book and its sequel, "Little Altars Everywhere," and remember liking them both very much.
- 48D: Blessing evokers (ACHOOS). Evokers? Ouch.
- 52D: 1598 edict city (NANTES). Signed by King Henry IV of France.
- 58D: MDCLXII ÷ III (DLIV). I'll take Random Roman Numerals for $100, Alex.
- 60D: __ de vente: bill of sale (ACTE). French. Never heard of it. Got it from crosses.
- 65D: Shaky start? (ESS). The word shaky starts with the letter S (ess). I know. Sorry.
Everything Else — 1A: Features of some notebooks (TABS); 5A: Van __, Calif. (NUYS); 9A: Like most acorns (OVOID); 14A: Fumbling reaction (UHOH); 16A: Whinnying African (ZEBRA); 18A: Inert gas (NEON); 23A: Console (SOOTHE); 25A: Pie-mode link (ALA); 26A: That's a moray (EEL); 30A: Memo opener (INRE); 32A: Fly high (SOAR); 33A: Back (out) (OPT); 35A: Irish author Binchy (MAEVE); 37A: It has a legend (MAP); 39A: "A literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything": Huxley (ESSAY); 43A: Horned viper (ASP); 45A: Try (TEST); 47A: "This __ stickup" (ISA); 48A: __ were (ASIT); 61A: First toothbrush to go to the moon (ORALB); 62A: Diplomat's forte (TACT); 63A: Grab (TAKE); 69A: Clear up (SOLVE); 70A: Visionary (SEER); 1D: Harbor vessel (TUG); 2D: "Of course!" (AHA); 4D: Sword holder (SHEATH); 5D: Unlikely protagonist (NONHERO); 7D: Lab assistant in a 1939 film (YGOR); 8D: Bit of beachwear (SANDAL); 10D: Baby beef? (VEAL); 11D: Leno's successor-to-be (OBRIEN); 12D: One with pressing duties? (IRONER); 13D: Hang loosely (DANGLE); 22D: Mixed bag (OLIO); 23D: Take from the top (SKIM); 24D: O'Neill's daughter (OONA); 28D: River barrier (DAM); 29D: Love poetry Muse (ERATO); 30D: "__ on me" (ITS); 36D: Large container (VAT); 38D: Favorite (PET); 41D: "Pronto!" (ASAP); 44D: Finish the road (PAVE); 46D: Basic need (SHELTER); 49D: Canned heat (STERNO); 50D: Sabra's home (ISRAEL); 53D: Cowboy singer Tex (RITTER); 55D: Saunter (AMBLE); 59D: Container weight (TARE).