Theme: Latin Lovers — Beginning of the theme answers are a Latin conjugation of the verb to love.
- 20A: 2005 Margaret Peterson Haddix children's thriller (AMONG THE ENEMY).
- 37A: Accumulate wealth (AMASS A FORTUNE).
- 57A: Non-remunerative athletics (AMATEUR SPORTS).
- 31A: Classic language, and with 61-Across, hint to the puzzle theme found at the starts of 20-, 37- and 57-Across (LATIN).
- 61A: Cherish (LOVE).
Not a lot of crosswordese in this puzzle, which is a good thing early in the week. And there were some colorful words in the non-theme fill. I particularly liked seeing SWAG (6A: Pirate's booty), G'DAY (62A: Aussie greeting), TAG UP (68A: Prepare to advance after a fly ball), and CARDIO (49D: Aerobic exercise, in gym-speak). The theme didn't do a lot for me. It totally makes sense, but the first word of each phrase seems pretty random. To me, it would be cooler if the first words all had something (else) in common — like if they were all verbs or they all ended in -LY or something. Does a set of words like that exist? I'm guessing no. So this is what we get.
- 10A: Twilight time (DUSK). Instead of rambling about Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series — which I could do no problem because I'm reading it now and it's very disturbing to me — I will, instead, share with you my favorite song from the "From Dusk 'Til Dawn" soundtrack.
- 14A: Start of an old Army slogan (BE ALL). "Be All You Can Be." I also like the other one: "We drink more before nine a.m. than most people drink all day." Wait. That's not right.
- 25A: In error (OFF). This clue actually seems a little trickier than what we've been seeing lately in the LAT.
- 46A: "Beak" for "nose," e.g. (SLANG). Unless you're talking about, I don't know, Big Bird. Then it's not slang, it's just fact.
- 2D: Slangy assent (YEP). Started out with YEA and thought to myself "Man, I hate it when people spell yeah without the H." Luckily, Mike Peluso doesn't do that.
- 13D: Nairobi native (KENYAN). Insert your own birther joke here.
- 47D: Tart, as a citrus drink (LEMONY). Speaking of disturbing books! I started reading this to PuzzleDaughter and found it completely inappropriate for children. Maybe I'm just intolerant or something. I guess I prefer to think of myself as sensible.