Theme: "Sticks and Stones ...." — The last word of each theme answer is a name you might call a stupid person.
- 20A: Weightlifting event (CLEAN AND JERK).
- 30A: Golf course pest (CANADA GOOSE).
- 39A: Spinning toy manipulated with sticks (CHINESE YOYO).
- 49A: Honest info (STRAIGHT DOPE).
I did get a kick out of some of the fill. HYANNIS and HYSTERIA look cool in the grid (9D: Cape Cod site of a JFK museum / 37D: Common crowd reaction in monster films). I was pretty sure the answer to 40D: Some heroes was going to be a sandwich, but there are an awful lot of sandwich words, so I had to wait for the crosses to get HOAGIE. And I love the clever clue for ELOPING — 42D: Like lovers skipping church?
- 10A: Ending with slug or gab (FEST). Both slugfest and gabfest are fun to say.
- 23A: Ben-Gurion, e.g. (ISRAELI). I can't believe I'm going to admit this publicly, but the first thing that came to my mind was airport.
- 58A: Like some vaccines (ORAL). PuzzleDaughter got the nasal H1N1 vaccine yesterday.
- 63A: Gothic house feature (GABLE). I would have preferred a clue like "Iowa wrestling legend Dan." But that's probably just me.
- 4D: 200 milligrams, to a jeweler (ONE CARAT). I know someone explained the different between carat and karat the other day, but I got this one from the crosses faster than my memory would work. Carat-with-a-c is a weight and karat-with-a-k is a size. Right?
- 7D: __ Bator, Mongolia (ULAN). Runner-up for today's Crosswordese 101 lesson. You should remember this one is what I'm saying.
- 28D: Carried (BORNE).
- 32D: British actor Robert, the original Colonel Pickering in "My Fair Lady" (COOTE). Um ... who?
- 51D: Very big wind (TUBA). It's hard for me to remember that (some?) brass instruments are also wind instruments. It just doesn't make sense to me. I think I'm going to have to get over it though.
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Everything Else — 1A: Choir member (TENOR); 6A: Quite (SUCH); 14A: Make amends (ATONE); 15A: Faulkner's "As __ Dying" (I LAY); 16A: Pearl Harbor site (OAHU); 17A: Blazed furiously (RAGED); 18A: Common nickname for a doter (NANA); 19A: 66 and others: Abbr. (RTES.); 26A: "It's __ business" (NO ONE'S); 27A: Kind of biological network (NEURAL); 28A: Sea (BRINY); 32A: Corp. money manager (CFO); 35A: Fighting (AT IT); 36A: Gallery hanging (ART); 37A: Hang onto (HOLD); 38A: ID with hyphens (SSN); 43A: River in Lyons (SAONE); 44A: Belfast's province (ULSTER); 45A: Early Ford success (MODEL A); 48A: Actors, often (EMOTERS); 52A: Road sign silhouette (DEER); 53A: Debt indicators (IOUS); 54A: Ticked off (IRKED); 59A: Dresden's river (ELBE); 60A: Landlocked African country (NIGER); 61A: A handful of (SOME); 62A: Navy commando (SEAL); 1D: La Brea goo (TAR); 2D: Seventh Greek letter (ETA); 3D: Christmas quaff (NOG); 5D: Original primer used to paint the Golden Gate Bridge (RED LEAD); 6D: Source of the Law (SINAI); 8D: Where Jesus turned water to wine (CANA); 10D: How some jump? (FOR JOY); 11D: Corroded (EATEN); 12D: Sex researcher Hite (SHERE); 13D: Mammoth features (TUSKS); 21D: Contemporary of Dizzy and Billie (ELLA); 22D: Finished (DONE); 23D: Early Peruvians (INCAS); 24D: Senate posts (SEATS); 25D: Confrontation (RUN-IN); 29D: Classroom drilling (ROTE); 31D: Come out ahead (GAIN); 33D: Candidate's handout (FLYER); 34D: Trash emanations (ODORS); 39D: Colombian city (CALI); 41D: Sport for 300-pounders (SUMO); 43D: Pharmaceutical giant that developed Celebrex (SEARLE); 45D: Windows predecessor (MS-DOS); 46D: Alamogordo's county (OTERO); 47D: Nightmare, e.g. (DREAM); 48D: Ill-fated Ford (EDSEL); 50D: Putter's target (HOLE); 55D: Soviet spy org. (KGB); 56D: Snakelike fish (EEL); 57D: Hip-hop Dr. (DRE).