Theme: "Sunday Drive" (okay, "Tuesday Drive") — First words of the theme answers describe four different types of drives.
- 20A: One-hit wonder (FLASH IN THE PAN).
- 28A: Controversial school subject (SEX EDUCATION).
- 49A: President's selective rejection (LINE-ITEM VETO).
- 59A: Pact addressing nuclear proliferation (TEST-BAN TREATY).
- 68A: Hit from a tee, and word that can follow the first words of 20-, 28-, 49- and 59-Across (DRIVE).
Good stuff today. Donna's name is definitely one you want to see on your puzzle. She's a real pro. Today's theme is the old standby word-that-comes-after-part-of-the-theme-answer which I know some people get tired of, but in Donna's capable hands, it works out just fine. We've got SEX DRIVE in the puzzle, for crying out loud. How bad can it be?
- 14A: Building passage (HALL). I've been working on a puzzle lately and have confirmed that I get a big kick out of using names as answers. I probably would have clued this one in relation to Monty Hall. I know some people don't like so many names in their puzzles. It's something I struggle with when constructing.
- 19A: Love, to Luigi (AMORE). I entered amour at first, completely forgetting that Luigi is not French but Italian.
- 25A: Hitter's stat (RBI). Hideki Matsui had six of 'em in Game Six of the World Series. He's had a few more throughout his career. Like when he hit a grand slam in his first game at Yankee Stadium. Wow!
- 37A: VCR successors (TIVOS). So I went to find the Hawkeye football game this past weekend and it looked to me like it was going to be on Sunday night so I completely missed it (their first loss of the season!). Why I didn't just look for their schedule online, I don't know. I just thought I could find it in the TV schedule. But I couldn't. It might simply be because we have so many channels now, but I tend to blame it on Verizon FIOS, which I ... hate. Tivo is so much better.
- 64A: Gemologist's weight (CARAT). Can never remember if this is spelled with a C or a K. Aha! Just looked it up and found that both are acceptable. And here I thought carat-with-a-C and karat-with-a-K were two different things.
- 67A: "__ and Away": 1960s hit (UP UP). Ladies and gentlemen, The Fifth Dimension.
- 64D: Swine flu watchdog agcy. (CDC). Timely clue!
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Everything Else — 1A: Labor union foe (SCAB); 5A: 1999 Ron Howard film (EDTV); 9A: Clunker of a car (LEMON); 15A: Retired Cunard flagship, for short (QE II); 16A: Atlanta campus (EMORY); 18A: Samovars (URNS); 23A: Stylistic judgment (TASTE); 24A: Fishing aid (NET); 33A: Deface (MAR); 36A: It may be copped in court (PLEA); 38A: Oodles (A LOT); 40A: Mlles., in Spain (SRTAS.); 43A: Soccer immortal (PELE); 44A: Like thick carpets (PLUSH); 46A: Beehive State college team (UTES); 48A: No-goodnik (RAT); 53A: Finale (END); 54A: European toy dog, briefly (POM); 55A: Enter, as data (INPUT); 66A: Perjurer (LIAR); 69A: Rim (EDGE); 70A: Trim with a knife (PARE); 71A: Hood's scheme (CAPER); 72A: Halloween cover-up (MASK); 73A: IRS IDs (SSNS); 1D: Mine passage (SHAFT); 2D: "Cheers" waitress (CARLA); 3D: Fictitious name (ALIAS); 4D: Explosions (BLASTS); 5D: Prefix with lateral (EQUI-); 6D: Actor Bruce (DERN); 7D: Windshield option (TINT); 8D: Four-armed Hindu deity (VISHNU); 9D: Eagerly took advantage of, as an opportunity (LEAPT AT); 10D: Jane Austen novel (EMMA); 11D: Song with the lyric "I'm crossing you in style" (MOON RIVER); 12D: NHL legend Bobby (ORR); 13D: TV's "Science Guy" (NYE); 21D: Dickens schemer Uriah (HEEP); 22D: Common Mkt. (EEC); 26D: When repeated, Yalie's cheer (BOOLA); 27D: Map in a map (INSET); 29D: T-shirt sizes (XLS); 30D: Eternally, in poems (E'ER); 31D: Bit of information (DATUM); 32D: Bit of advice (TIP); 33D: Canada's national tree (MAPLE); 34D: Do-or-die poker bet (ALL IN); 35D: There and back (ROUND TRIP); 39D: Mao __-tung (TSE); 41D: Off-road ride, briefly (ATV); 42D: Observe (SEE); 45D: Cool cat (HIPSTER); 47D: Mix (STIR); 50D: Wee one (TOT); 51D: The Democrats' donkey, for one (EMBLEM); 52D: Outdoes (ONE-UPS); 56D: Half of the "California Dreamin'" singers (PAPAS); 57D: One-eighty (U-TURN); 58D: Works on a keyboard (TYPES); 60D: Icicle site (EAVE); 62D: Pesters (NAGS); 63D: Difficult journey (TREK); 65D: Coach Parseghian (ARA).