Theme: More fun than a barrel of monkeys — The last word of each theme answer comes after the word monkey in a familiar phrase.
- 20A: Stage, screen, etc. (SHOW BUSINESS).
- 25A: They have latte charges (COFFEE BARS).
- 38A: Action in court (LAWSUIT).
- 47A: Oxford brighteners (SHOESHINES).
- 53A: Spend time idly (and a hint to what can precede the last word of 20-, 25-, 38- or 47-Across) (MONKEY AROUND).
I know you were expecting Orange today but she's off gallivanting around our nation's capital with her family for a few days, so you're stuck with me. I'm also covering her other blog if you're interested in my delightful musings on the day's other puzzles.
Got through this one pretty quickly. Funky looking grid! Only real hang-up was right in the middle and I'm going to guess a lot of you were hung up too. Of course I'm talking about the cross of CAVA (44A: Vena __) and ANSCO (29D: Inexpensive former camera brand). My gut reaction is that this crossing is unfair, possibly even a Natick. I'd like to hear what you all think before I call it for sure.
- 16A: Shire of "Rocky" (TALIA). Adriaaaaaaan!
- 22A: __ Miguel: Azores island (SAO). Popped in San without thinking about it. That one gets me just about every time.
- 30A: It follows that (ERGO). 10-year-old PuzzleSon used this word the other day. Pretty sure he doesn't have any idea what it means.
- 37A: Tony winner Hagen (UTA). I talked a little about Uta back in this blog's infancy. Good times.
- 66A: New parent's lack? (SLEEP). Not sure what the question mark is about here. I'm totally sure that the answer is right though. Advice to women pregnant for the first time: After your baby is born you will be extremely sleep deprived. This will cause you to feel as if you're going completely insane. That's because sleep deprivation causes insanity. Which is why it's used as torture.
- 67A: "The Company" (CIA). This is how dumb I am. I'm going, "IBM?"
- 1D: Skipper, to Barbie (SIS). I was not allowed to have Barbie dolls when I was a kid. *cue violin*
- 54D: Lionel layout, maybe (OVAL). Lionel Corporation, previously, and Lionel LLC, currently, produce toy trains and model railroads.
- 55D: 15th century caravel (NINA). I do not know what this means. Oh wait, is a caravel a boat? Okay, I get it now.
Everything Else — 1A: Wire wearer (SPY); 4A: Low men (BASSI); 9A: Highly capable (ADEPT); 14A: Witness stand oath (I DO); 15A: __ Park, Colorado (ESTES); 17A: Occupants of abandoned buildings, e.g. (SQUATTERS); 19A: Measuring aid (RULER); 24A: Q.E.D. part (ERAT); 34A: Sock-in-the-gut grunt (OOF); 35A: Scientology's __ Hubbard (L. RON); 36A: Big name in Arizona political history (UDALL); 41A: Kilmer of "The Saint" (VAL); 42A: Snacker's bagful (CHIPS); 45A: Nest egg initials (IRA); 46A: War honoree (HERO); 50A: Bake sale item (CAKE); 52A: Homer Simpson's neighbor (NED); 60A: Prestigious university octet (IVIES); 61A: Using a DVR, say (REPLAYING); 65A: __ Domingo (SANTO); 68A: Purse closer (CLASP); 69A: Color qualities (TONES); 70A: Big fat mouth (YAP); 2D: Brief "At once!" (PDQ); 3D: Uncle Sam poster word (YOU); 4D: LPGA Hall of Famer Daniel (BETH); 5D: Regarding (AS TO); 6D: Ladled dish (STEW); 7D: Balkan native (SERB); 8D: Bank named on a credit card (ISSUER); 9D: Skylit areas (ATRIA); 10D: Discouraged (DAUNTED); 11D: Model Macpherson (ELLE); 12D: Slapstick ammo (PIES); 13D: Blackens, in a way (TARS); 18D: Beginning on (AS OF); 21D: Yearbook sect. (SRS); 22D: Bring relief to (SOOTHE); 23D: Catered event (AFFAIR); 25D: Potato's place? (COUCH); 26D: Plumbing joints (ELLS); 27D: Procter & Gamble detergent (ERA); 28D: Respond to an ovation (BOW); 31D: Formation from stream erosion (RAVINE); 32D: Stared angrily (GLARED); 33D: Southwestern crocks (OLLAS); 36D: Six-sided state (UTAH); 39D: Dubaiís federation: Abbr. (UAE); 40D: ICU drips (IVS); 43D: Cargo pants features (POCKETS); 47D: Limit, in a saying (SKY); 48D: Publisher who was the inspiration for "Citizen Kane" (HEARST); 49D: Race since 1911, informally (INDY); 51D: "The Lion and the Mouse" fabulist (AESOP); 53D: Junk drawer label (MISC); 56D: Move, in Realtor-speak (RELO); 57D: Receptive (OPEN); 58D: Beekeeper in a 1997 movie (ULEE); 59D: Is off guard (NAPS); 62D: Hardly friendly (ICY); 64D: Dental problem (GAP).