Theme: Lost in Space — First words of the theme answers together make a catchphrase from the 1960s television show.
- 17A: Toon rodent who's a British secret agent (DANGER MOUSE).
- 26A: Suitor's proposal (WILL YOU MARRY ME?).
- 42A: Shipwrecked literary hero (ROBINSON CRUSOE).
- 57A: TV sci-fi series, first aired 9/15/1965, on which a robot spoke the catchphrase formed by the first words of 17-, 26- and 42-Across (LOST IN SPACE).
Crosswordese in the puzzle that we've already covered are all people today: ENIDS (60A: Writer Bagnold et al.), ESAI (2D: Actor Morales), ORR (22D: Hockey legend Bobby), and ERTÉ (31D: Art Deco designer).
I'm just barely too young to remember "Lost in Space" so I always get it confused with "Land of the Lost." But I've definitely heard the catchphrase. Actually, the most I ever heard it was back in the early 90s when I had a co-worker named Will Robinson. Can you imagine how tired he must be of hearing this stupid phrase? He's probably a nervous wreck. Anyway. It wasn't difficult to get the theme and the fill was pretty solid for a Tuesday. Nothing terribly sparkly, except maybe "I TOLD YOU SO!" (11D: "Shoulda listened to me!") and HOUSEMAN (8D: Male servant).
Let's see, what else did I notice?
- 1A: Actress Messing of "Will & Grace" (DEBRA). I didn't watch "Will & Grace" regularly, but every time I did I thought it was very funny. All four of the main characters crack me up.
- 15A: Endangered layer (OZONE). Well, sure, if you believe the scientists.
- 21A: "Look Homeward, Angel" author Thomas (WOLFE). Have I ever read any Thomas Wolfe? Hmm, hold on ... nope. Why do I keep thinking "Bonfire of the Vanities"? Oh, that's Tom Wolfe. Apparently two different guys. Huh.
- 32A: Baseball's "Big Unit" __ Johnson (RANDY). I wanted to say something funny here, but everything that comes to mind is completely inappropriate.
- 47A: Ship, to a sailor (HER). When I first met PuzzleHusband he had this habit of referring to inanimate objects as "she." Like, he'd be looking for something and go, "Oh, there she is." So every time he did that, I would say, for example, "Stapler? Female." At first he had no idea what I was getting at, but he finally knocked it off.
- 1D: Bombs that don't go off (DUDS). Also a delicious chocolate and caramel candy, briefly.
- 6D: "Hold the Hellmann's" ("NO MAYO"). Oh, this could have gone on my sparkly list too. Great colloquial phrase that's fun to see in the puzzle.
Everything Else — 6A: Nothing, in Latin (NIHIL); 11A: 6-Across suffix (-ISM); 14A: Typical (USUAL); 16A: Boston __ Party (TEA); 19A: Long in the tooth (OLD); 20A: Scenic routes, often (SIDE ROADS); 23A: Attempt (TRY); 24A: Online birthday greeting (E-CARD); 33A: Cattle drive buddy (PARD); 34A: Dinghy propeller (OAR); 35A: TiVo predecessors (VCRS); 36A: Bouquet (SCENT); 38A: Litter weakling (RUNT); 39A: Barely manage, with "out" (EKE); 40A: German name for Cologne (KÖLN); 41A: Cup for café (TASSE); 46A: "__ directed": medication warning (USE AS); 48A: Name (TITLE); 50A: Mike Nichols's comedy partner (ELAINE MAY); 56A: Aardvark's snack (ANT); 61A: Pinball no-nos (TILTS); 62A: Buddy (PAL); 63A: Thick (DENSE); 64A: Two foursomes (OCTET); 3D: 1930s-'40s German-American political group (BUND); 4D: Fury (RAGE); 5D: In a wary way (ALERTLY); 7D: Shirt that once had a reptilian logo (IZOD); 9D: Aetna's business: Abbr. (INS.); 10D: Moving toward the calmer side, at sea (LEEWARD); 12D: Ego (SELF); 13D: Created (MADE); 18D: Actor Calhoun (RORY); 25D: Golfer's wheels (CART); 26D: Loony one (WACKO); 27D: How a debater's response is made (IN REBUTTAL); 28D: Mormons' gp. (LDS); 29D: Philly Ivy League sch. (U. PENN); 30D: Minister's home (MANSE); 32D: Trailer park resident, for short (RV'ER); 36D: Slugger Sammy (SOSA); 37D: Forms an increasingly smaller circle around, with "on" (CLOSES IN); 38D: Coll. dorm VIPs (RAS); 40D: Prepared to say 26-Across (KNEELED); 41D: Seeks help from (TURNS TO); 43D: Cuba or Aruba: Abbr. (ISL.); 44D: Common poolside chair (CHAISE); 45D: Bridle part (REIN); 48D: Ball field protector (TARP); 49D: Peruvian of old (INCA); 51D: Former Ford cars (LTDS); 52D: DeMille film, say (EPIC); 53D: Enhanced milkshake (MALT); 54D: Entr'__: intermission (ACTE); 55D: Mon., on Tues. (YEST.); 58D: Four quarters (ONE).