Theme: It's a Guy Thing — Theme answers are familiar phrases that begin with a synonym for (a presumably male) pal. [34A: Out with the guys, and an apt title for this puzzle (PALLING AROUND)].
- 17A: City slicker's getaway (DUDE RANCH).
- 19A: Like some sharks (MAN-EATING).
- 27A: Honoree in Don McLean's song "American Pie" (BUDDY HOLLY).
- 43A: Kraft Dinner contents, familiarly (MAC 'N' CHEESE).
- 55A: Maker of Flava-Craze lip balm (CHAPSTICK).
- 58A: Casual wear item (SPORTCOAT).
This puzzle is, well, how can I put this ... fabulous. And I'm not just saying that because Dan Naddor now has my home phone number (it's a long story) and can harass me if I don't say nice things about his puzzles. Really, it's not that at all. Okay, maybe if it weren't for that I wouldn't necessarily say fabulous, but I did really like it. Straightforward theme with enough variety to keep it interesting. Also, seven theme answers. That's a lot for a 15x15. ONONDAGA (3D: Six Nations tribe) didn't exactly come to mind right away, but the crosses were fair enough. I also slowed down a little in the EDUCT / CUPOLA area (50A: Drawn-out substance / 45D: Feature of many a capitol) but, again, it worked itself out pretty easily. Hey, look what else is over in that corner: N. CAR. (46D: Tenn. neighbor), home of Anoop Desai!
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Everything Else — 1A: Products sold with earbuds (IPODS); 6A: Rudiments (ABCS); 10A: Four-time ABA/NBA MVP, familiarly (DR. J); 13A: As yet (TO NOW); 14A: City where "The Night Café" was painted (ARLES); 15A: Fair-hiring letters (EEO); 16A: Emulate Sarah Palin, nuptially (ELOPE); 21A: Griffin's rear (LION); 22A: LAX : Los Angeles :: __ : Chicago (ORD); 23A: Wish undone (RUE); 24A: Annoying spot (STAIN); 25A: March Madness org. (NCAA); 31A: Highest-ranking Boy Scout (EAGLE); 33A: Basie's "__'Clock Jump" (ONE O); 40A: Morales of "NYPD Blue" (ESAI); 41A: Prepare for a dubbing (KNEEL); 49A: He sang of Alice (ARLO); 51A: Tall runner (EMU); 53A: Divine one, to da Vinci (DIO); 54A: California county or its seat (NAPA); 61A: Bailiwicks (AREAS); 62A: N.L. East city (ATL); 63A: Part of a TV feed (AUDIO); 64A: Édouard's exploit (GESTE); 65A: Govt. decipherers (NSA); 66A: Cold one, so to speak (BEER); 67A: First name in cosmetics (ESTEE); 1D: Agenda opener (ITEM ONE); 2D: High-latitude formation (POLAR CAP); 4D: Info (DOPE); 5D: Incense the censor (SWEAR); 6D: Score __ (A RUN); 7D: Skyline part: Abbr. (BLDG.); 8D: Clamp shape (CEE); 9D: Ukr., once (SSR); 10D: Common defense mechanism (DENIAL); 11D: Display horror, perhaps (RECOIL); 12D: Host before Jay (JOHNNY); 14D: Continental farewell (ADIEU); 18D: Prefix with cumulus (ALTO); 20D: Scow (TUB); 24D: Offered a paw (SHOOK); 26D: SNAFU part (ALL); 28D: Roper's target (DOGIE); 29D: Chain letters? (DNA); 30D: "__ out!" (YER); 32D: Fall bumper sticker word (ELECT); 35D: Suffix with bull or bear (-ISH); 36D: "Go jump in the loch!" ("NAE!"); 37D: Acapulco article (UNA); 38D: Least cool (NERDIEST); 39D: Easily broken (DELICATE); 42D: Gander (LOOK SEE); 43D: Certain brainiac (MENSAN); 44D: Changes, in a Darwinian sense (ADAPTS); 47D: Cold War acronym (SEATO); 48D: Old Mex. ruler (EMP.); 52D: Copy editor's concern (USAGE); 55D: Cracker's target (CODE); 56D: "Aquarius" musical (HAIR); 57D: "__ chic!" (TRÉS); 59D: PC key with two arrows (TAB); 60D: Stage prompt (CUE).