Theme: In the Mood — Theme answers are rhyming phrases.
- 17A: Lost it (CAME UNGLUED).
- 25A: Dismissed out of hand (POOH-POOHED).
- 37A: Like Starbucks coffee, every 30 minutes (FRESHLY BREWED).
- 48A: "That's too bad, man" ("BUMMER, DUDE").
- 60A: "I don't feel like cooking" option (TAKE-OUT FOOD).
I really enjoyed this puzzle. The theme doesn't seem particularly inspired, but Dan manages to make it both elegant and fun. Elegant because each rhyming word in the theme answers spells the rhyming part differently. Did you notice that? And fun? Two words: BUMMER DUDE. That's just an awesome answer is what that is. There was also some tricky cluing in this puzzle, which I really appreciate after how the puzzles have been lately. Who among us wasn't trying to think of some kind of disease for 15A: Cause of a worldwide 19th century fever? And you thought the 64A: Capital on the Missouri River would be somewhere quite a bit more southerly than PIERRE, didn't you? Throw in a couple question mark clues, some basic foreign language vocabulary, a Norse god, and an Olympic skier and I say you've yourself a puzzle! This was a little easier than what I think of as a Thursday puzzle, but not so easy as to feel like a waste of time. So thank you, Dan — nice job.
- With attitude:
- 1A: Sweet Spanish wine (MALAGA). Never heard of it. I got every single letter through the crosses.
- 11A: Inst. that turns out lieutenants (OCS). Officer Candidate School. In the United States, it looks like each branch of the military has one.
- 22A: Ivy in Philly (PENN). Do people usually call this school Penn or U. Penn? I always say U. Penn, but maybe that's because I follow the Big Ten and need to distinguish it from Penn State.
- 36A: Bug (VEX). Wanted irk.
- 42A: Three-time world champion alpine skier Hermann (MAIER). This guy shows up every once in a while, so try to remember him.
- 55A: Prime Cuts in Gravy brand (ALPO). They always try to make it sound so delicious. I'm guessing it's really not though.
- 59A: __ Speedwagon (REO). You may have noticed that I try to pass myself off as a Child of the 80s, but do you really buy it? Do you think I'm really being honest about that? Well, here's some more proof:
- 66A: High degrees: Abbr. (PHDS). I tried nths at first. We had an nth-themed puzzle recently, didn't we?
- 11D: Austin Powers catchphrase (OH BEHAVE). There have been only two times in my life that I've stopped watching a movie because it just wasn't doing it for me. And one was during Austin Powers. It really seemed like it would be something right up my alley, but it was really, like, not even in the same neighborhood for some reason. (The other time was "Under the Cherry Moon." I like Prince as much as the next guy, but yikes!)
- 13D: Stretchy fabric (SPANDEX). Please, ladies. Spandex is not always your friend.
- 49D: Raid target (ROACH). Eewwww.
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Everything Else — 7A: In that case (IF SO); 14A: Moves on all fours (CRAWLS); 16A: Old school dance (HOP); 19A: Victoria's Secret offering (BRA); 20A: Bonanza find (ORE); 21A: In copious amounts (GALORE); 23A: Ivy in New Haven (YALE); 27A: Pizazz (STYLE); 29A: Trumpet sound (BLARE); 30A: Party list (INVITEES); 40A: Bard's "before" (ERE); 41A: Software customers (USER BASE); 44A: Feast where the Haggadah is read (SEDER); 54A: Brazilian soccer legend (PELÉ); 56A: Crude fleet (OILERS); 58A: Busy co. on Valentine's Day (FTD); 62A: Enlistees, briefly (GIS); 63A: Slurpee relative (ICEE); 65A: Wee hour (ONE); 67A: Aftershock (TREMOR); 1D: Real people? (MCCOYS); 2D: Biblical debarkation point (ARARAT); 3D: How bad excuses are given (LAMELY); 4D: Bowl over (AWE); 5D: Guzzling sound (GLUG); 6D: "Piece of cake!" ("A SNAP!"); 7D: Inuit home (IGLOO); 8D: Club for country kids (FOUR-H); 9D: Shuteye (SLEEP); 10D: Anomalous (ODD); 12D: Trapped (CORNERED); 18D: Day-__: pigment brand (GLO); 22D: D.C. deal maker (POL); 24D: Nobelist Wiesel (ELIE); 26D: Preoccupy (OBSESS); 28D: Make certain (ENSURE); 31D: Videotape type (VHS); 32D: Land in la mer (ILE); 33D: Norse god of single combat (TYR); 34D: Diminish (EBB); 35D: Pitching stat (ERA); 37D: German miss (FRAULEIN); 38D: Put back in force, as an expired tax (REIMPOSE); 39D: Blubber (WEEP); 40D: Economic warfare tactic (EMBARGO); 43D: Funnyman Philips (EMO); 45D: Mar the beauty of (DEFORM); 46D: Corrida snorter (EL TORO); 47D: More rare, as steak (REDDER); 50D: Protected by levees (DIKED); 51D: "__ Gold": Peter Fonda film (ULEES); 52D: __ volente: God willing (DEO); 53D: Spew lava (ERUPT); 57D: Show signs of life (STIR); 60D: Service reward (TIP); 61D: Service charge (FEE).