THEME: "TWO FOR ONE" (61A: Restaurant special, and a hint to this puzzle's theme) — familiar expressions involving words signifying "one" have said words replace by equivalent words signifying "two"; wackiness ensues ... cue "?"-cluing.
Sixteen wide. Interesting. I have this weird aversion to puzzles where non-theme answers are as long or longer than any of the theme answers, esp. when said theme answers appear in banks with non-theme answers of similar length, as is the case in the NW and SE. Means those theme answers don't stand out enough (for my tastes). That said, this is a clever concept and the phrases are cute and the fill is mostly strong. So thumbs up. Oh, except ... I had an error. You can see it there, in the grid, represented by the red triangle in the corner of the one (previously wrong) square. STREUSEL is the weirdest-looking word (13D: Coffeecake topping) ... I feel as if I've seen it before, but can't remember when the last time was. STREUDEL went in so nicely that I never stopped to question it. Something sweet, STREUDEL, crosses are working, moving on ... I did notice that DIN made no sense (to me) at 32A: Wrong thing to do, but I figured there would end up being some strange phrase, some colloquialism, "to do DIN to someone," so I didn't reflect on the issue much. And paid the price. Oh well. The ODETTE / ODA crossing feels a little iffy to me, if only bec. ODA is high-end crosswordese (i.e. a lot of solvers today won't know it, and for good reason), and the ballet heroine (65A: "Swan Lake" heroine) ... well, ballet heroines tend to be unknown to most people these days. But the "D" is highly inferrable, so no real problem.
- 18A: Not quite Barcelona's best? (NUMERO DOS) — I wrote NUMERO DUO ... very confidently. DUO is not Spanish. It's Latin.
- 24A: Four-handed piano piece by a French emperor? (NAPOLEON DUET) — this is the most awkward of the bunch. The "four hands" part was tripping me, and then there was the fact that I briefly forgot who NAPOLEON Solo was (and wondered how DYNAMITE was the singular form of DUET). NAPOLEON SOLO was a character on the 60s TV spy show "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Not exactly common knowledge any more (unless you lived through that show). I have many vintage paperback tie-ins to that show, which is the only reason I know NAPOLEON Solo.
- 37A: Movie gigolo Bigalow struggling with debt? (DEUCE IN THE HOLE) — this reads scatological to me, so I do not care for it.
- 52A: Multitasking, but just barely? (DOUBLE-MINDED) — cluing feels a little awkward.
Crosswordese 101: ODA (60D: Harem room) — there's much ADO in an ODA. Maybe you can remember it that way. Me, I always want OBA. No idea why. Somewhere between OBI and the correct ODA. ODA is quintessential crosswordese, in that it's a. in the dictionary, so valid, but b. not in general use, not generally known, not by a looooooongshot. Who knows it? People who solve crosswords and, I'm going to guess, harem historians.
- 16A: Proverbial worm catcher (EARLY BIRD) — like the tie-in with SLEPT LATE (1A: Hardly emulated the 16-Across), but can't believe how easy this NW is. Way, way too easy. Look at 1D: It has 100 seats (SENATE) and 2D: Hardy partner (LAUREL). Those are shamefully easy. Gettable with zero crosses from just about any solver. If you couldn't get EARLY BIRD equally easily, then the "EA" you get from these two Downs make it patently obvious. NW was done in a few seconds. More resistance on Fridays!
- 31A: Support provider? (BRA) — this is literally true, so why the "?"?
- 59A: Not strict about (SOFT ON) — love this one. It and RICE PAPER are two of my favorites today (66A: Delicate spring roll wrapping).
- 10D: Key in which "Chopsticks" is usually played (C MAJOR) — anyone playing "Chopsticks" probably has no idea what a "key" is.
- 39D: Tennis great Lew who won three of the four majors in 1956 (HOAD) — What a horrible-sounding last name. Never heard of this guy. His name makes me chuckle. It's like a mix of CHOAD and HUD.
- 51D: Shirk one's duty, in a big way (DESERT) — spent a good hour this afternoon talking about how Aeneas DESERTed Dido. He had another, bigger "duty" to attend to — when Jupiter says go, you go.
See you all again on Monday.
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Everything Else — 1A: Hardly emulated the 16-Across (SLEPT LATE); 10A: Skeleton's place? (CLOSET); 16A: Proverbial worm catcher (EARLY BIRD); 17A: Fountain treat (MALTED); 18A: Not quite Barcelona's best? (NUMERO DOS); 19A: Ovoid tree nuts (ACORNS); 20A: La Scala highlight (ARIA); 21A: Swear falsely, with "oneself" (PERJURE); 23A: Olympic perfection (TEN); 24A: Four-handed piano piece by a French emperor? (NAPOLEON DUET); 29A: Chic (ELEGANT); 31A: Support provider? (BRA); 32A: Wrong thing to do (SIN); 33A: Conductor Toscanini (ARTURO); 36A: Impudent (PERT); 37A: Movie gigolo Bigalow struggling with debt? (DEUCE IN THE HOLE); 42A: R.E. Lee, e.g. (GENL.); 43A: Puts away (STORES); 44A: Batting stat. (AVG.); 45A: Sch. with a Phoenix campus (ASU); 48A: Dolt (AIRHEAD); 52A: Multitasking, but just barely? (DOUBLE-MINDED); 56A: Versatile vehicle, for short (UTE); 57A: "The Three Tenors" tenor with JosÈ and Pl·cido (LUCIANO); 58A: Picked hair styles, briefly (FROS); 59A: Not strict about, as crime (SOFT ON); 61A: Restaurant special, and a hint to this puzzle's theme (TWO FOR ONE); 65A: "Swan Lake" heroine (ODETTE); 66A: Delicate spring roll wrapping (RICE PAPER); 67A: Future officers (CADETS); 68A: How references may be available, in a résumé (ON REQUEST); 1D: It has 100 seats (SENATE); 2D: Hardy partner (LAUREL); 3D: Fur source (ERMINE); 4D: Arraignment response (PLEA); 5D: Norse war god (TYR); 6D: Debt-heavy corp. deal (LBO); 7D: Give a hand (AID); 8D: Prefix with sphere (TROPO-); 9D: Car bomb? (EDSEL); 10D: Key in which "Chopsticks" is usually played (C MAJOR); 11D: Gap (LACUNA); 12D: Opening hymn words (O LORD); 13D: Coffeecake topping (STREUSEL); 14D: Darkening time in verse (E'EN); 15D: NFL scores (TDS); 22D: Yank's foe (REB); 24D: Dealer's adversary (NARC); 25D: Start a pot (ANTE); 26D: Spitting sound, in comics (PTUI); 27D: Cork's home (EIRE); 28D: "We know drama" station (TNT); 30D: Franks' conquest (GAUL); 34D: ER personnel (RNS); 35D: Giant among Giants (OTT); 36D: Fancy-schmancy (POSH); 37D: "Whip It" band (DEVO); 38D: Inundated (ENGULFED); 39D: Tennis great Lew who won three of the four majors in 1956 (HOAD); 40D: Lackawanna's lake (ERIE); 41D: Stampeding group (HERD); 42D: Zooks lead-in? (GAD); 45D: "Little Women" author (ALCOTT); 46D: Fishing nets (SEINES); 47D: Thurman of "Pulp Fiction" (UMA); 49D: One in an international septet (EUROPE); 50D: Makes amends (ATONES); 51D: Shirk one's duty, in a big way (DESERT); 53D: Seat of Montana's Silver Bow County (BUTTE); 54D: Foreword, briefly (INTRO); 55D: Like a choice between evils (NO-WIN); 58D: Bavarian title (FRAU); 59D: SPCA part: Abbr. (SOC.); 60D: Harem room (ODA); 62D: Elec. text-reading method (OCR); 63D: Charge (FEE); 64D: N-R connectors (O-P-Q).