THEME: "Gallery Showing"— Four phrases begin with words that can precede GALLERY, which is an anagram of ALLERGY
Crosswordese 101: Back in the day, westerns were a popular movie and TV genre. What I want to ask those of you over the age of 50 or 60 is: Did anyone ever call a western an OATER (63A: Western)? Was that the Hollywood lingo in Variety, or was it more widespread? Because the only place I've ever encountered OATERs is in the crossword, where it shows no signs of vanishing. Related words you may find in the puzzle include HEC Ramsey, a '70s TV western; Lash LARUE, star of early westerns; Bonanza characters HOSS and ADAM; actor James ARNESS; and the 1953 movie SHANE.
- 20A: "Kids Say The Darndest Things!" author (ART LINKLETTER).
- 33A: Congressional bone of contention (NATIONAL DEBT).
- 40A: Decide to prosecute (PRESS CHARGES).
- 54A: Food reaction shared by about 3 million Americans (PEANUT ALLERGY).
- 43D: Anagram of 54-Across's ending that can follow the first word of 20-, 33-, 40- and 54-Across (GALLERY).
An olio answers and clues:
- 1A: Underworld VIPs (DONS) and 2D: Last book in Puzo's "Godfather" trilogy (OMERTA).
- 17A: City on the Truckee (RENO). The only thing I know about the Truckee River is that it flows by Reno, and I know that strictly from crosswords.
- 24A: Raise canines? (TEETHE). TEETHE usually gets a tricky clue like this.
- 28A: Well-bred (GENTEEL). I like that word. It's so...genteel.
- 46A: Uncomfortable spot (HOT SEAT).
- 5D: Pancake, when holding a sausage (BLANKET) and 42D: Deep-fried frank (CORN DOG). A.k.a. "tube-shaped meats enclosed in starch."
- 29D: When bats fly (NIGHT). When pigs fly would be NEVER.
- 49D: Memorable repeated question by the economics teacher (played by Ben Stein) in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (ANYONE). It's a shame Ben Stein had to step all over that memory by bad-mouthing evolution in that recent documentary.
- 50A: "Boston Legal" actor (SPADER).
Everything Else — 5A: Bench warmers (BTEAM); 10A: E-mail to be filtered (SPAM); 14A: Radiate (EMIT); 15A: Emmy winner on her 19th try (LUCCI); 16A: Guadalajara bread (PESO); 18A: Future oak (ACORN); 19A: Sound hoarse (RASP); 23A: "In my opinion ..." (ITHINK); 27A: __Vegas (LAS); 32A: Pirate's quaff (RUM); 35A: Taj Mahal site (AGRA); 38A: Clock-setting std. (GMT); 39A: Tracy's Trueheart (TESS); 45A: Up to, for short (TIL); 47A: Busy pro in Apr. (CPA); 52A: Atoll enclosure (LAGOON); 58A: Phoenix suburb (MESA); 60A: Suffix with hippo- (DROME); 61A: Mower-making giant (TORO); 62A: Skating jump (AXEL); 64A: Shortly (ANON); 65A: Mail (POST); 66A: "No guts, no __" (GLORY); 67A: Docile (TAME); 1D: Foil, as a plan (DERAIL); 3D: Jazzy intervals (NINTHS); 4D: Popular vodka, familiarly (STOLI); 6D: Plastic surgery procedure (TUCK); 7D: Green sci. (ECOL); 8D: Land measure (ACRE); 9D: Herbal beverage (MINTTEA); 10D: Binge (SPREE); 11D: Partridge's home? (PEARTREE); 12D: Obnoxious sort (ASS); 13D: Barber's challenge (MOP); 21D: Actress Swenson (INGA); 22D: Relate (TELL); 25D: O'Hare and JFK (HUBS); 26D: Initial response team, initially (EMTS); 30D: Inquisitor __ de Torquemada (TOMAS); 31D: __ nous (ENTRE); 33D: Bahamas airport code (NAS); 34D: Sot's shakes (DTS); 35D: Bldg. units (APTS); 36D: Golf lesson subject (GRIP); 37D: Gets worse after getting better (RELAPSES); 41D: Old Mets home (SHEA); 44D: List ender (ETAL); 47D: Beer served with a lime (CORONA); 48D: "Fiddler on the Roof" fear (POGROM); 51D: Meted (out) (DEALT); 53D: Insinuate (GETAT); 55D: River to the Caspian (URAL); 56D: Dorothy's dog (TOTO); 57D: NAFTA part: Abbr. (AMER); 58D: Auto club offering (MAP); 59D: Outer: Pref. (EXO).