THEME: From The Waist Down ... — pieces of clothing with body parts in their names
Well the SHIN and ANKLE are part of the LEG, and the HIP is not even part of the leg, but all the articles of clothing do cover roughly the area just about your ANKLE at a minimum, so I guess they have that in common. I hit 17A: Beatles footwear and thought I was going to run smack into yet another BEATLES puzzle today (see NYT), but no. Which is fine by me.
- 17A: Beatles footwear (ANKLE BOOTS) — I did not know this was a signature piece of Beatles wear.
- 10D: Goalie's protective pair (SHIN GUARDS) — all soccer players wore these when I played as a kid. Very necessary.
- 30D: Pants with a low waistline (HIP HUGGERS)
- 66A: Stockinglike workout wear (LEG WARMERS) — mmm, 80s. My sister owned some of these. Actually, my daughter owns some now and loves them. She's 9, which may be how old my sister was when she had hers.
Crosswordese 101: EARLAP (49D: Winter hat feature) — My lab does this to my shepherd/husky. That is, she laps her ears. If you are like me (and why wouldn't you be), the first time you saw this word, you wondered where the "F" had got to. For some reason, both EARLAP and EARFLAP are perfectly acceptable words for describing the same phenomenon, i.e. those dorky yet oh-so-comfortable appendages on your winter hat.
- 41A: WWII noncombat females (WAACS) — I thought it was WACS. And ... it was. I read a description explaining the difference and still didn't understand. The WAACs (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps) were British and active in WWI. Then somehow briefly there was a WAAC in 1942 in the U.S. that then became just the WAC (Women's Army Corps). There was only one year of WAAC in U.S. (1942-43). So ... I don't think I like this answer.
- 14A: Psychic's card (TAROT) — like this better as a "deck" rather than just a "card."
- 37D: Hawaiian island (MAUI) — had the "A" and put in OAHU!
- 40A: Like the diving-board end (DEEP) — feels like "... of the pool" was left off the clue.
- 53D: Tequila plant (AGAVE) — used to sweeten at least one of my breakfast cereals.
- 13D: Anne of "Archie Bunker's Place" (MEARA) — I never watched this "All in the Family" sequel, but I do love Anne MEARA for her recurring role on Rhoda, among other things...
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Everything Else — 1A: Closes in anger, as a door (SLAMS); 6A: Cause damage to (HARM); 10A: Cover for a pillow (SHAM); 14A: Psychic's card (TAROT); 15A: Belle man (BEAU); 16A: Watering aid (HOSE); 17A: Beatles footwear (ANKLE BOOTS); 19A: Ancient Andean (INCA); 20A: In a dishonorable way (BASELY); 21A: Japanese electronics giant (NEC); 22A: Pinot __ (NOIR); 23A: Country meadow (LEA); 25A: Spanish wine punch (SANGRIA); 27A: Seasoned pros (OLD HANDS); 32A: The "T" in some fraternity initials (TAU); 33A: 503, in old Rome (DIII); 34A: Casa kitchen crock (OLLA); 36A: Half a '60s pop group (MAMAS); 40A: Like the diving-board end (DEEP); 41A: WWII noncombat females (WAACS); 43A: Sitar music (RAGA); 44A: Seaweed-wrapped Japanese fare (SUSHI); 46A: Analogy phrase (IS TO); 47A: Contest with pistols (DUEL); 48A: Put into service (USE); 50A: Sledding spot (HILLSIDE); 52A: Word game involving a stick figure (HANGMAN); 56A: "No way, laddie!" ("NAE!"); 57A: Highly excited (AGOG); 58A: Edge of a hoop (RIM); 60A: Double-checks the math (RE-ADDS); 65A: Copenhagen native (DANE); 66A: Stockinglike workout wear (LEGWARMERS); 68A: At any time (EVER); 69A: Apex (ACME); 70A: Words after have or save (A SEAT); 71A: Stage constructions (SETS); 72A: Sampras of tennis (PETE); 73A: Burial places (TOMBS); 1D: Wild guess (STAB); 2D: Superboy's girlfriend Lang (LANA); 3D: Boats like Noah's (ARKS); 4D: Beauty mark (MOLE); 5D: "A Streetcar Named Desire" woman (STELLA); 6D: "Real Time With Bill Maher" network (HBO); 7D: Really long time (AEON); 8D: Interest percentages (RATES); 9D: Oman's capital (MUSCAT); 10D: Goalie's protective pair (SHINGUARDS); 11D: "Objection, Your __!" (HONOR); 12D: Computer text code (ASCII); 13D: Anne of "Archie Bunker's Place" (MEARA); 18D: "See ya later" ("BYE NOW"); 24D: Stevenson who lost twice to Eisenhower (ADLAI); 26D: "Apocalypse Now" setting, briefly (NAM); 27D: Bettor's concern (ODDS); 28D: Stead (LIEU); 29D: Fizzles out (DIES); 30D: Pants with a low waistline (HIP HUGGERS); 31D: Cut dramatically (SLASH); 35D: Join the cast of (ACT IN); 37D: Hawaiian island (MAUI); 38D: Got on in years (AGED); 39D: Bargain hunter's delight (SALE); 42D: Sporty Toyota Camry (SOLARA); 45D: Suffix with intellectual (ISM); 49D: Winter hat feature (EARLAP); 51D: Eye lasciviously (LEER AT); 52D: Mythological underworld (HADES); 53D: Tequila plant (AGAVE); 54D: Octet plus one (NONET); 55D: Dad's brother's daughter, to dad (NIECE); 59D: Corp. leadership gp. (MGMT.); 61D: "I __ busted!" (AMSO); 62D: Judge (DEEM); 63D: Colorless (DRAB); 64D: Retd. Air France fliers (SSTS); 67D: Like early morning hours (WEE).