- 18A: *Undeveloped home site (VACANT LOT).
- 26A: *1977 Triple Crown winner (SEATTLE SLEW).
- 45A: *2,240-pound unit (IMPERIAL TON).
- 58A: *Huck Finn conveyance (RIVER RAFT).
- 67A: The answer to each starred clue ends in a big one (BUNCH).
- 20A: Slangy "Don't lose any sleep over it" ("NO BIGGIE"). You know I like the colloquial phrases in my puzzle.
- 23A: W. Hemisphere gp. formed to defend against communism (OAS). We covered the Organization of American States in Crosswordese 101 a while back.
- 39A: Pouty expression (MOUE). Learned this awesome word from crosswords.
- 51A: Poetic dusk (E'EN). See also 62A: Shortly, to Shakespeare (ANON).
- 8D: 61-Across NFLer (BUC). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sports team nicknames are kinda fun. See also 41D: Philly cager (SIXER).
- 9D: Lawyers' org. (ABA). The American Bar Association.
- 42D: 1979 meltdown site, briefly (TMI). Three Mile Island.
- 43D: Like the Piper's clothes (PIED). I don't think I've ever thought about what the "Pied" part of the Pied Piper really meant. Huh.
- 50D: "I'll see you in my dreams" girl of song (IRENE). My grandmother's name was Irene. And let me tell you, you haven't heard this song until you've heard a bunch of old Irish men singing it in a cemetery. This version sounds pretty good too:
ELMOs you need to know for puzzles. One is, of course, the muppet. He's clued with the words Sesame Street, muppet, giggle, and tickle (referring to the "Tickle Me Elmo" doll). Second, is ELMO Roper, founder of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. He is typically clued as a "pollster." And then there's Saint Erasmus of Foremiae, or 16A: Sailor's patron saint. From Wikipedia: "Saint Erasmus may have become the patron of sailors because he is said to have continued preaching even after a thunderbolt struck the ground beside him. This prompted sailors, who were in danger from sudden storms and lightning, to claim his prayers. The electrical discharges at the mastheads of ships were read as a sign of his protection and came to be called 'Saint Elmo's Fire.'" So now you know.
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Everything Else — 1A: Sirs' counterparts (MA'AMS); 6A: "Fernando" singers (ABBA); 10A: Endure (LAST); 14A: Have __ on one's shoulder (A CHIP); 15A: Defeat soundly (DRUB); 17A: Another name for Farsi (IRANI); 22A: Overdo it on stage (EMOTE); 24A: Made changes to (ALTERED); 31A: Tell-all news story (EXPOSÉ); 37A: Antiquing substance (AGER); 38A: Heartache (WOE); 43A: A __: valid independent of experience, in logic (PRIORI); 52A: Windy City airport (O'HARE); 53A: At risk (IN DANGER); 61A: Neighbor of Florida's St. Petersburg (TAMPA); 63A: Vaulted church part (APSE); 64A: Writer Nin (ANAÏS); 65A: Wisdom of the elders (LORE); 66A: Cattle rancher's tool (PROD); 1D: Everystreet (MAIN); 2D: Prefix with bat or phobia (ACRO-); 3D: Obsessed fictional whaler (AHAB); 4D: Revealing skirt (MINI); 5D: Urn taps (SPIGOTS); 6D: Give counsel to (ADVISE); 7D: Highlands hillside (BRAE); 10D: "Here, I'll do that" ("LET ME"); 11D: "It's __ nothing!" (ALL OR); 12D: Hit, biblical-style (SMOTE); 13D: Schlepped (TOTED); 19D: Meas. of a package's contents (NET. WT.); 21D: It's not quite a hurricane (GALE); 24D: Medicinal plant (ALOE); 25D: Luau memento (LEI); 26D: Aegean and Bering (SEAS); 27D: Military vet (EX-GI); 28D: Imitated (APED); 29D: Ripped (TORE); 30D: Hillside (SLOPE); 33D: Jannings of old films (EMIL); 34D: Underlying cause (ROOT); 35D: Continental currency (EURO); 36D: Harness lead (REIN); 38D: Cried (WEPT); 44D: Drank on credit (RAN A TAB); 46D: Like many a tux (RENTED); 47D: Story's lesson (MORAL); 48D: Horned safari beast (RHINO); 49D: Party gift (FAVOR); 53D: Should that be the case (IF SO); 54D: When repeated, Mork's sign-off (NANU); 55D: FBI agent (G-MAN); 56D: Grand in scope (EPIC); 57D: Impulsive (RASH); 59D: Knock (RAP); 60D: Month after Mar. (APR.).