THEME: "ET TU" (59D: Famous last words (and homophonically, a hint to this puzzle's theme)) — "ET" is added to the first word of familiar (-ish) two-word phrases, creating wacky phrases, which are clued, "?"-style; thus every answer contains the familiar phrase and "ET, TOO"
Tougher than most LAT puzzles have been for me lately, primarily because of trouble with two of the base phrases in the theme answers. I have never heard of JUNK DNA. I'm looking it up now.
Junk DNAHuh ... doesn't sound like "JUNK." Anyway, the phrase JUNKET DNA doesn't do much for me, comedically. A BASSET SOLO, on the other hand, is an inherently funny idea, but BASS SOLO is an iffy base phrase. It's no more cohesive than [any instrument] SOLO. I'd give you GUITAR SOLO or DRUM SOLO, and maybe VIOLIN SOLO, but the other instruments, while they may be used in solos, really can't pull off a [blank] SOLO phrase. All the other theme phrases seem to work nicely enough. I've seen this "add-ET" theme before, maybe clued via aliens or something? "Alien Invasion" would be a nice title for such a puzzle. Copyright! Dibs!
DNA that does not code for proteins or their regulation but constitutes approximately 95 percent of the human genome. It is postulated to be involved in the evolution of new genes and possibly in gene repair.
- 19A: Genetic coding for an official legislative trip? (JUNKET DNA)
- 23A: NASA scrapheap? (ROCKET HEAP)
- 51A: Long-eared dog's performance? (BASSET SOLO)
- 58A: Young hen's bar bill? (PULLET TAB)
- 2D: Horn section? (CORNET ROW)
- 34D: Dance after getting a shock from an outlet? (SOCKET HOP)
- 16A: Florida home of golf's WGC-CA Championship (DORAL) — Considered CORAL for a bit. Glad that WGCCA wasn't the answer. WTF?
- 29A: Mo. in which the Civil War began (APR.) — About the weirdest clue for APR I've ever seen.
- 62A: Larry Flynt concern, briefly (PORNO) — I don't think of "Hustler" as PORNO, exactly, but I see that LFP (Larry Flynt Productions) does indeed produce pornographic films, so ... there.
- 6D: Man with many voices (BLANC) — Aargh. Good one. I had the terminal "C" and went with MIMIC.
- 38D: Hip-hopper Elliott (MISSY) — She seems to have dropped off the radar. She was huge in the late 90s / early 00s, primarily because of her outlandish, freaky videos.
- 50D: Partner of breaks (ENTERS) — Awkward. He breaks, he enters! Is "breaks and ENTERS" a phrase one is apt to use? The "S" just muffs things up here.
Everything Else — 1A: Bank holding: Abbr. (ACCT.); 5A: Village Voice awards (OBIES); 10A: Place to wear a coat (LAB); 13A: Parting of the Pacific? (ALOHA); 14A: They help form joints (ULNAE); 15A: Loved, with "up" (ATE); 16A: Florida home of golf's WGC-CA Championship (DORAL); 17A: Jazz great Art (TATUM); 18A: Columnist Hentoff (NAT); 19A: Genetic coding for an official legislative trip? (JUNKET DNA); 21A: It's shaken out (SALT); 22A: __ Spiegel: German magazine (DER); 23A: NASA scrapheap? (ROCKET PILE); 26A: Verboten (TABOO); 28A: Organic compound (ENOL); 29A: Mo. in which the Civil War began (APR.); 31A: Hercules' neighbor (LYRA); 33A: Inventor friend of Henry Ford (EDISON); 37A: Ruth's mother-in-law (NAOMI); 39A: H.S. VIPs (SRS); 41A: Set things right (ATONE); 42A: A member of, as a gang (IN WITH); 44A: "Take __!" (THAT); 46A: Cry near the ears? (CAW); 47A: Blacksmith's item (SHOE); 49A: "Eight Days __" (A WEEK); 51A: Long-eared dog's performance? (BASSET SOLO); 55A: Pic source (NEG.); 57A: Large group (ARMY); 58A: Young hen's bar bill? (PULLET TAB); 61A: Mauna __ (KEA); 62A: Larry Flynt concern, briefly (PORNO); 64A: Self-conscious laugh (TEHEE); 65A: Funny pair? (ENS); 66A: Give the boot (EVICT); 67A: Fairy tale threat (TROLL); 68A: Sound of support (RAH); 69A: Places for guards (GATES); 70A: Org. with carriers (USPS); 1D: Audibly (ALOUD); 2D: Horn section? (CORNET ROW); 3D: Yoga energy point (CHAKRA); 4D: Ghost story, e.g. (TALE); 5D: Great area? (OUTDOORS); 6D: Man with many voices (BLANC); 7D: Pipe opening (INTAKE); 8D: Evian, par exemple (EAU); 9D: Theology sch. (SEM.); 10D: Island on the Kalohi Channel (LANAI); 11D: In any way (AT ALL); 12D: Davis of "The Little Foxes" (BETTE); 13D: Dict. designation (ADJ.); 20D: Priam's kingdom (TROY); 21D: Took off (SPLIT); 24D: 67.5 degrees (ENE); 25D: Thus far (TO DATE); 27D: Happy-go-lucky (BLITHE); 29D: "Wheel of Fortune" buy (AN I); 30D: Shoot with a moving camera (PAN); 32D: Discipline (ART); 34D: Dance after getting a shock from an outlet? (SOCKET HOP); 35D: Words with whim (ON A); 36D: Out-of-the-box (NEW); 38D: Hip-hopper Elliott (MISSY); 40D: Leek cousins (SHALLOTS); 43D: Angry (HOT); 45D: Missing at roll call, maybe (AWOL); 48D: Lively wit (ESPRIT); 50D: Partner of breaks (ENTERS); 51D: One of a nursery rhyme trio (BAKER); 52D: Spartacus' stage (ARENA); 53D: Shatter (SMASH); 54D: Wee bit (OUNCE); 56D: Certain Scots (GAELS); 59D: Famous last words (and homophonically, a hint to this puzzle's theme) (ET TU); 60D: Sound measure (BEL); 62D: Hanging aid (PEG); 63D: Oft-donated cells (OVA).