- 17A: All-big-gun battleship (DREADNAUGHT).
- 24A: Deeply ingrained habit (SECOND NATURE).
- 42A: Gap subsidiary (OLD NAVY).
- 39A: Shanghais (KIDNAPS).
- 53A: Cuba or Puerto Rico, e.g. (ISLAND NATION).
- 64A: Human fingerprint, and what's hidden in five puzzle answers (DNA SEQUENCE).
- 45A: Org. with the blog Greenversations (EPA). I thought to myself "Greenpeace? ... No, that doesn't work."
- 49D: When Rome wasn't built? (IN A DAY). Cute clue for an ugly partial!
- 53D: Trump with a cameo in "The First Wives Club" (IVANA). The clue for this common answer is dressed up very nicely today!
Other than that:
- 1A: FBI sting that began during Carter's presidency (ABSCAM). Is it possible that my mom served as a juror on an ABSCAM trial? For some reason that sticks in my mind, and yet seems very unlikely.
- 14A: Sheep herder (COLLIE). There's the collie we were looking for the other day!
- 16A: Hawaiian Punch rival (HI-C). I much prefer this clue to the typical drunken hiccup reference.
- 22A: Budget noodle dish (RAMEN). Ah, college.
- 48A: Convenience store (MINI-MART). The only thing I could think for the longest time was Kwik-E-Mart. And I don't even watch "The Simpsons."
- 63A: Lat neighbors (ABS). These are muscles.
- 28D: Pay-as-you-go rd. (TPKE.). With the T in place, I slapped down toll, not noticing the abbreviation hint.
- 61D: Nestlé cereal beverage (ECCO). Ne-Ever heard of this. And the Cruciverb data base says ECCO has never been clued this way before (it's usually a Dutch shoe company). So what the heck is Ecco? Hmmm ... it's an instant cereal beverage that's naturally free of caffeine made from barley, malted barley, rye and chicory. Um, I think I'll pass.
- 65D: Jazz org.? (NBA). This is a reference to the National Basketball Association's Utah Jazz.
- The poet EZRA Pound.
- The Old Testament book after Chronicles II and before Nehemiah and its namesake, the Biblical prophet/scribe/reformer.
- EZRA Fitch of Abercrombie & Fitch.
- Rock band Better Than EZRA.
- Children's author EZRA Jack Keats.
- And, of course, today's 25D: University founder Cornell.
Everything Else — 7A: In this way (THUS); 11A: Tapped-out message (SOS); 15A: Old World Style sauce maker (RAGU); 19A: It might be pale or brown (ALE); 20A: Blackguards (CADS); 21A: Powerful health care lobbying gp. (AMA); 28A: TV sched. notation (TBA); 31A: Most piquant (ZESTIEST); 32A: Extremely cold (POLAR); 34A: Birthplace of "Wayne's World," briefly (SNL); 52A: Hard-rock filler (AS A); 57A: Parisian's "Presto!" ("VOILÀ"); 58A: Family nickname (SIS); 59A: "__ the hint!" (I GET); 68A: __ Percé: Pacific Northwest tribe (NEZ); 70A: Prepare to slip off (UNLACE); 71A: Museum filler (ART); 72A: Barbecue site (YARD); 73A: Singer Sheena (EASTON); 1D: Type of elec. adapter (AC/DC); 2D: Afghanistan's Tora __ region (BORA); 3D: Huskies' burden (SLED); 4D: School group (CLASS); 5D: Help (AID); 6D: Serious threat (MENACE); 8D: Broom rider (HAG); 9D: Exclamation with a shudder (UGH); 10D: Buddha's teachings (SUTRAS); 11D: SeaWorld celebrity (SHAMU); 12D: Carrier of crude (OILER); 13D: Dramatic segment (SCENE); 18D: Songwriter Tori (AMOS); 23D: Show up (ATTEND); 26D: Pebbles's pet (DINO); 27D: "Little" Dickens girl (NELL); 29D: Cook, in a way (BOIL); 30D: Gucci of fashion (ALDO); 33D: Mink or sable (ANIMAL); 36D: Pop, to baby (DADA); 37D: Parade rtes., maybe (AVES.); 38D: Vidal's Breckinridge (MYRA); 40D: Remain undecided (PEND); 41D: Pirouette (SPIN); 43D: Inflict on (DO TO); 46D: Gathered up (AMASSED); 50D: Play to __: draw (A TIE); 51D: Off-color (RISQUE); 54D: Not even tipsy (SOBER); 55D: "Faust Symphony" composer (LISZT); 56D: Physicist Bohr (NIELS); 60D: Swarm insect (GNAT); 62D: High schooler (TEEN); 66D: Balloon filler (AIR); 67D: Italian "a" (UNA).