Theme: I Can't Think of Anything Clever to Say About Wrenches — Theme answers are familiar phrases, the first word of which is a type of wrench.
- 20A: *Bakery fare named for their shape (CRESCENT ROLLS).
- 29A: *Quixotic reveries (PIPE DREAMS).
- 45A: *Playground fixture (MONKEY BARS).
- 54A: *Beat poet who wrote "Howl" (ALLEN GINSBERG).
- 48D: A type of one begins the answers to starred clues (WRENCH).
Let's see ... what else?
- 8A: First voice of Mickey Mouse (DISNEY). I can't see Mickey Mouse without thinking of my old friend Paul Woski, who began his career as an illustrator at Disney and now runs his own fabulous graphic arts shop in Atlanta. Very cool stuff.
- 39A: Half-__: coffee order (CAF). CrossWorld's favorite coffee. Do any of you actually order this?
- 43A: Certain Sri Lankan (TAMIL). We'll cover this in Crosswordese 401.
- 51A: Opie's dad (ANDY). Hey, guess what! Andy Griffith is in a recent Brad Paisley video. What? You're tired of the Brad Paisley videos? Oh, okay. (It's here if you're interested.)
- 58A: Ohio city north of Columbus (MARION). Hi, mac!
- 67A: "__ Haw" (HEE). Never sure if it will be YEE or HEE.
- 6D: Good thing to keep when hearing opposing views (OPEN MIND). Tried to teach PuzzleSon the concept of "contempt prior to investigation" the other day. Don't know why I think a ten-year-old will get it when his mom still has so much trouble with it.
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Everything Else — 1A: Premium movie station (SHO); 4A: Hammer-wielding Norse god (THOR); 14A: "This instant!" ("NOW!"); 15A: Will Rogers prop (ROPE); 16A: Rallying cry (ONWARD); 17A: ISP with chat rooms (AOL); 18A: Took advantage of (USED); 19A: Scrubs, as pots (SCOURS); 23A: Actress Holmes (KATIE); 24A: Mothers' month (MAY); 25A: Kid's building block (LEGO); 28A: Part of CBS: Abbr. (SYST.); 32A: 1953 Western hero to whom Joey cried "Come back!" (SHANE); 34A: Vacation home, maybe (RENTAL); 35A: Stately tree (ELM); 38A: "Wait, there's more ..." ("AND ..."); 40A: Prefix with friendly (ECO-); 41A: Sunday dinners (ROASTS); 52A: Coffee dispenser (URN); 53A: Eagle's nest (AERIE); 60A: Pre-holiday times (EVES); 61A: Pester (NAG); 62A: Really digs (IS INTO); 63A: Domesticated (TAME); 65A: Basic doctrines (TENETS); 66A: One-armed bandit (SLOT); 1D: Chips and nuts (SNACKS); 2D: "Way to go!" ("HOORAY!"); 3D: Little barn fliers (OWLETS); 4D: Cease-fire (TRUCE); 5D: L'eggs product (HOSE); 7D: Bureaucratic waste (RED TAPE); 10D: Puffed up, as a sprain (SWOLLEN); 11D: Make queasy (NAUSEATE); 12D: Throw wide of the mark, say (ERR); 13D: NFL gains (YDS.); 21D: Rests one's feet (SITS); 22D: Ham holder (RYE); 26D: Detroit-based financial org. (GMAC); 29D: Variously colored flower (PANSY); 30D: Small weight units (DRAMS); 31D: One way to lower an APR (REFI); 33D: Detest (HATE); 35D: Funny Bombeck (ERMA); 37D: Official spoken language of China (MANDARIN); 39D: Traveling show (CARNIVAL); 43D: Quotas (TARGETS); 44D: Leopold's co-defendant (LOEB); 46D: Hot dog holder (BUN); 49D: Snoopy's flying persona, e.g. (AIR ACE); 50D: Baseball's Jackson, a.k.a. "Mr. October" (REGGIE); 53D: It's a good thing (ASSET); 55D: Ex-senator Trent (LOTT); 56D: Genesis grandson (ENOS); 57D: Pixar clownfish (NEMO); 58D: Sch. near Harvard (MIT); 59D: Enzyme suffix (-ASE).