Theme: "Shh!" — Theme answers are five different ways of shushing someone, clued in relation to a profession.
Crosswordese 101: STET [36A: Editor's "leave it in"]. This word is actually familiar to me because I worked as an editor a hundred years ago. Here's how it's used. Say I'm reading a document and marking changes as I go. All of a sudden, I realize that I made a mistake. Hard to imagine, I know, but stay with me here. Of course, I've been using a pen all along so I can't just erase it. I could look for some wite-out and try to fix it that way, but we all know how messy that can be. So what I do instead is place a row of dots underneath the part where I made the mistake and write the word STET near it. That indicates to whoever is making the revisions that everything above the dots should stay the way it was before I messed it up with my stupid mistake. Try not to confuse STET with STAT, which can be clued either as a shortened form of the word statistic or as a doctor's order meaning "immediately."
I think I like this theme because (a) my secret dream job used to be blackjack dealer but now it's librarian and (b) I do love my peace and quiet. There are days when as soon as I get the PuzzleFamily out the door in the morning I just sit down on the couch and ... sit there. Enjoying the quiet. It's heavenly. Our favorite way of shushing around here is to say "Shut yer yappers," but I don't think there's a clue that would make that one fit into this puzzle. Sigh.
Stuff to talk about:
- 1A: Iranian ruler until 1979 (SHAH). And look who's over in the other corner! 10A: Clarinetist Artie (SHAW).
- 17A: McGregor of "Moulin Rouge!" (EWAN). I see this guy's name all the time in puzzles but don't remember him from any movies. Can't even picture him, actually. When I see his name I picture Colin Farrell or Cary Elwes.
- 14A: Like takeout orders (TO-GO). Still waiting to see for here in the puzzle.
- 18A: Prepare to drive (TEE UP). Golf!
- 38A: Red coin? (CENT).Like in the saying "Not one red cent...."
- 39A: Agt.'s cut (PCT). Agents get a percentage of any income they acquire for their clients.
- 54A: Polite "I think," in chat rooms (IMHO). Were we just talking about this here? It stands for in my humble opinion. Here's a glossary of the most common internet acronyms.
- 62A: Proctor __: kitchen appliance brand (SILEX). Totally different company than Procter & Gamble.
- 63A: TV's Dick Van __ (DYKE). Now there's a word you don't see in the puzzle very often. Not that there's anything wrong with it.
- 11D: Wind chill factor's opposite (HEAT INDEX). Growing up in Fargo, North Dakota, I was extremely familiar with the wind chill factor. Heat index? Not so much.
- 21D: Fix, as hair (DO UP). Sorry, but this one doesn't work for me. I might do my hair or put my hair up (if it was long enough, I mean), but I would never DO UP my hair.
- 38D: Bare fixture of rhyme (CUPBOARD). Old Mother Hubbard.
- 47D: Dental crown alternative (ONLAY). I don't know what this is.
- 56D: Law, in Lyon (LOI). French!
Everything Else — 5A: Prickly plants (CACTI); 15A: Deprive of weapons (UNARM); 16A: Prefix with space (AERO); 19A: Deficiency (LACK); 22A: Abhor (LOATHE); 24A: "Later, alligator!" ("SEE YOU!"); 25A: "CSI" city (MIAMI); 31A: Greek fabulist (AESOP); 34A: City bonds, for short (MUNIS); 35A: __-wop (DOO); 40A: Corn breads (PONES); 41A: Prom rentals (TUXES); 45A: Salon services (PERMS); 46A: Shady areas (ARBORS); 50A: Subdued shade (PASTEL); 55A: Privileged group (ELITE); 57A: Goya's "Duchess of __" (ALBA); 58A: "We gotta get movin'!" (C'MON); 59A: "There's __ in sight" (NO END); 60A: "Kills bugs dead" spray (RAID); 61A: "Keystone" bunch of film (KOPS); 1D: Hitchcock's "The 39 __" (STEPS); 2D: "Deal or No Deal" host Mandel (HOWIE); 3D: Wide open (AGAPE); 4D: Attraction for Winnie the Pooh (HONEYPOT); 5D: Snip from the newspaper (CUT OUT); 6D: From square one (ANEW); 7D: Normandy city (CAEN); 8D: Show about Capote (TRU); 9D: Not expressly stated (IMPLICIT); 10D: Lunchbox meat (SALAMI); 12D: Semicircular entrance (ARCH); 13D: Left the land of Nod (WOKE); 23D: Wine barrel woods (OAKS); 25D: Single-principle believer (MONIST); 27D: Almost perfect, gradewise (A-MINUS); 28D: Perfect (SUPER); 29D: Actress Skye (IONE); 30D: Tater __ (TOTS); 31D: Once-sacred slitherers (ASPS); 32D: Inscribe (ETCH); 33D: Go into business (SET UP SHOP); 37D: Attachment for closeups (ZOOM LENS); 40D: Ceremonial heap (PYRE); 41D: Like Granny Smith apples (TART); 43D: Wyoming range (TETONS); 44D: Like adult movies (RATED X); 48D: Man with a cube (RUBIK); 49D: Prospector's tool (SPADE); 50D: Prospector's tool (PICK); 51D: Shells and bullets (AMMO); 52D: Jessica of "7th Heaven" (BIEL); 53D: __ Reader: eclectic magazine (UTNE).