Theme: "The Outer Limits" — Theme answers are familiar phrases that begin with various types of outer limits.
- 20A: Herding dogs (BORDER TERRIERS). Is there such a thing as a border collie? That's what I first entered for 20A. I'm not a dog person, so I might just be getting it all wrong, but that's the first thing I thought of.
- 25A: Brokerage services for buying stocks on credit (MARGIN ACCOUNTS). Don't know much about this one either, but I believe a margin account involves some risk.
- 48A: Perks on the job (FRINGE BENEFITS). I need to negotiate a better benefits package for my job.
- 54A: Eerie sci-fi series, and this puzzle's title (THE OUTER LIMITS).
- 1A: RBI or ERA, e.g. (STAT). Everybody say Andy Pettitte's RBI Saturday night, right? Good stuff.
- 5A: Use up, as money (SPEND). See, now this is where I don't think the clue needs to be quite that specific. Leave off the "as money" and we get to look to the crosses to help us figure it out. It's called doing a puzzle.
- 37A: Day spa garb (ROBE). I do not spend enough time in day spas. I'll never forget the time PuzzleHusband and I took off for a three-day weekend at Pinehurst. He went off to play golf and I hit the spa. The kids were really little then and I basically hadn't been out of the house for something like two years. When I laid down on the massage table I started crying I was so happy.
- 43A: Memorable mission (ALAMO). Now this here is a clue. Very tricky.
- 66A: Area below the abdomen (GROIN). This I do not want to see in my puzzle. See also, 26D: War criminal Eichmann (ADOLF).
- 67A: Eclipse, in olden days (OMEN). Anyone know what it was supposed to mean? The end of the world or something?
- 2D: Jackson 5 brother (TITO). CrossWorld's favorite Jackson brother.
- 41D: Kind of participle found in the sentence "While working on my computer, the dog pestered me for dinner" (DANGLING). That is one hard-working (and demanding) dog you've got there.
Everything Else — 10A: Shock (JOLT); 14A: TV show recorder (TIVO); 15A: Pal of Kukla and Fran (OLLIE); 16A: Redheaded kid of Mayberry (OPIE); 17A: School near the Mex. border (UTEP); 18A: Ziti, for one (PASTA); 19A: Sharp (KEEN); 23A: Eggs, to Caesar (OVA); 24A: "__ no use!" (IT'S); 33A: Tribute in verse (ODE); 34A: Take it easy (LOLL); 35A: Coastal cities (PORTS); 39A: Emulated Bond (SPIED); 42A: Bank takeback, for short (REPO); 45A: Vegan no-no (MEAT); 47A: Moving aid (VAN); 52A: Choral syllable (TRA); 53A: Univ. sr.'s exam (GRE); 62A: Sign up for (JOIN); 63A: New __: India's capital (DELHI); 64A: French cheese (BRIE); 65A: "Beetle Bailey" dog (OTTO); 68A: Head honcho (BOSS); 69A: Observing (EYING); 70A: Small fruit pie (TART); 1D: Theater souvenir (STUB); 3D: State with conviction (AVER); 4D: Head honcho (TOP DOG); 5D: Voices above alto (SOPRANOS); 6D: Land map (PLAT); 7D: Other than this (ELSE); 8D: __ acid: explosive compound (NITRIC); 9D: Cherished by (DEAR TO); 10D: Comedian's bit (JOKE); 11D: Abbr. on a phone's "0" button (OPER); 12D: Falsehoods (LIES); 13D: X, numerically (TEN); 21D: Satan's doing (EVIL); 22D: "The jig __!" (IS UP); 25D: Former New Orleans Saints coach Jim (MORA); 27D: Rod used to strengthen concrete (REBAR); 28D: Swiss peak (ALP); 29D: Scale, as a 28-Down (CLIMB); 30D: Snow-rain-heat-gloom connector (NOR); 31D: Roman fountain (TREVI); 32D: Mar. 17th honoree (ST. PAT); 36D: Male heirs (SONS); 38D: U.K. record label (EMI); 40D: Broad foot size (EEE); 44D: Not taken in by (ONTO); 46D: Actress Hatcher (TERI); 49D: Resentment over a prior wrong (GRUDGE); 50D: Diner, for one (EATERY); 51D: Sexy automaton in "Austin Powers" (FEMBOT); 54D: Dorothy's dog (TOTO); 55D: Top 10 songs (HITS); 56D: Slaughter of baseball (ENOS); 57D: Weena's people, in "The Time Machine" (ELOI); 58D: Major German river, to a Frenchman (RHIN); 59D: "__ la Douce" (IRMA); 60D: Stadium section (TIER); 61D: E-mailed (SENT); 62D: Employment agency listing (JOB).