Theme: Pants! — The first word of each theme answer describes a type of pants.
- 17A: *Hilarious joke (KNEE SLAPPER).
- 39A: *Worry, slangily (SWEAT IT).
- 63A: *Frosted Lenten pastry (HOTCROSS BUN).
- 11D: *Enduring, as a storm (RIDING OUT).
- 34D: *Freight-bearing vessel (CARGO SHIP).
- 57D: Garment that can follow the starts of the answers to starred clues (PANTS).
Does anyone remember a comedian back in the early 90s whose schtick involved saying "Put your short pants on! Why don't you put your short pants on!" in a high, whiny voice (supposed to be imitating his mother)? I can't remember anything else about the guy except this one thing. Searching YouTube for "short pants" ... doesn't bring up anything related to this comedian.
- 22A: Bat one's eyelashes, perhaps (FLIRT). Do people still do this? I just spend several minutes looking for a picture of the girls with the writing on their eyelids from the Indiana Jones movie. Couldn't find one.
- 42A: Mex. neighbor (USA). Wrote in TEX at first.
- 62A: Jr. high, e.g. (SCH.). This is an ugly abbreviation, but the puzzle is otherwise very smooth, so I'm gonna let it go. Especially since it's the first day of school.
- 70A: Sources of blue eyes, say (GENES). PuzzleSon is totally into the whole genetic thing right now. He's constantly like, "I love peanut butter. Mom, do you love peanut butter? Did I get that from you?" (Answer: Yes.)
- 8D: Party headgear (PAPER HAT). I must be going to the wrong parties.
- 29D: "That'll do, thanks" ("I'M SET"). Could only think "I'm good" and "I'm OK," so had to wait for crosses.
- 40D: Street urchin (WAIF). WAIF is a great word.
- 49D: Round number? (ZERO). Cute clue!
- 50D: Outlaw-chasing group (POSSE). Just spent about five minutes looking for a clip of Ellen DeGeneres on Letterman several years ago when she said something really funny about the word posse. Can't find it.
- 56D: Get extra value from (REUSE). Okay, I just spent at least ten minutes looking for a decent, embeddable video of Jack Johnson's "3 R's" and couldn't find one. I'm totally striking out today. I'll at least give you a link and then I'm going to give up for today.
Everything Else — 1A: Unshiny photo finish (MATTE); 6A: Tree with quaking leaves (ASPEN); 11A: Usually nonmelodic music genre (RAP); 14A: Not moving (INERT); 15A: Work on a loom (WEAVE); 16A: Under the weather (ILL); 19A: Narc's org. (DEA); 20A: Ages and ages (EONS); 21A: Depression era migrant (OKIE); 24A: Method: Abbr. (SYST.); 25A: Lincoln wore one (BEARD); 27A: Pay for a hand (ANTE); 28A: Bank encumbrance (LIEN); 30A: Sound heard twice in "gargantuan" (HARD G); 32A: Command to an attack dog (SIC 'EM); 35A: Dressing for romaine and such (SALAD OIL); 38A: Palm Pilot or BlackBerry, briefly (PDA); 43A: Hardly geniuses (AIRHEADS); 45A: Contest submission (ENTRY); 47A: Arrived (GOT IN); 48A: Poet Pound (EZRA); 50A: Old hands (PROS); 52A: Coerce (FORCE); 54A: Infield protector (TARP); 58A: Retreats in the desert (OASES); 60A: Bring up (REAR); 61A: Field of expertise (AREA); 66A: Maneuver among moguls (SKI); 67A: One way to read (ALOUD); 68A: White-sheet wearer, on Halloween (GHOST); 69A: Sixth sense, for short (ESP); 71A: Shipping weight deductions (TARES); 1D: Studio sound equipment (MIKES); 2D: Be a thorn in the side of (ANNOY); 3D: Prom goers (TEENS); 4D: Railroad bridge support (TRESTLE); 5D: UFO crew, presumably (ETS); 6D: Greet the morning (AWAKEN); 7D: Brownish photo tint (SEPIA); 9D: Genesis outcast (EVE); 10D: Spongy ball brand (NERF); 12D: Tip off (ALERT); 13D: One in a buffet stack (PLATE); 18D: Ear part (LOBE); 23D: "Shane" star Alan (LADD); 26D: Surrealist Salvador (DALI); 31D: Movie critic, at times (RATER); 32D: Restful resort (SPA); 33D: Deposed despot Amin (IDI); 35D: Stockholm-bound carrier (SAS); 36D: Jerusalem is its cap. (ISR.); 37D: Set (down) (LAY); 41D: Ralph Kramden's pal (ED NORTON); 44D: Sprinkler attachment (HOSE); 46D: Boris's partner in toon espionage (NATASHA); 48D: Online birthday greetings, e.g. (E-CARDS); 51D: Poolroom triangles (RACKS); 53D: Prompt again (RECUE); 55D: Vine-covered recess (ARBOR); 59D: Thick carpet (SHAG); 64D: Bullfight shout (OLÉ); 65D: Rank above cpl. (SGT.).