THEME: "Barflies"—Six people's last names form new phrases or compound words with BAR
- 18A: *"Seven Year Ache" country singer (ROSANNE CASH). My high-school reunion had a cash bar.
- 20A: *"All I Wanna Do" singer (SHERYL CROW). Crowbar. I just checked over another puzzle with a theme of female vocalists that included both CASH and CROW, so I couldn't help expecting the other theme entries to follow suit. Nope! In that other puzzle, I changed the clue to include this song instead of some other song I'd never heard of.
- 32A: *Longtime "American Bandstand" host (DICK CLARK). The Clark Bar is, well...is it as good as a Butterfinger? I do like me a Butterfinger bar, and I ate all the minis my kid got for Halloween.
- 45A: *Notable member of The Second City improv group (JOHN CANDY). The Clark Bar is a candy bar. John Candy was in the comedy Uncle Buck, which could also be...a horror movie:
- 59A: *French writer who befriended Chopin (GEORGE SAND). Don't ground your boat on a sandbar.
- 63A: *"The Mark of Zorro" star (1940) (TYRONE POWER). A Power Bar is one of those horrible things I never eat. I hear people like them.
- 65A: Happy hour site, and word that can follow each last name in the answers to starred clues (BAR).
- 42A: Bette's "Divine" nickname (MISS M).
- 50A: Time-share units (CONDOS). Hey! Plenty of us city-dwellers live in condos year-round.
- 10D: Bach work (TOCCATA). I don't know classical music much, but this answer always makes me think of veal. (Piccata.) Which I don't eat.
- 21D: Gibraltar landmark (ROCK).
- 30D: King Arthur's meeting spot (ROUND TABLE). This is where King Arthur hung out with Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley, at the Algonquin.
- 43D: Chat idly: Var. (SHMOOZE). I prefer the schmooze spelling.
- 46D: Official emergency status (CODE RED). My kitchen was at code red last week.
Crosswordese 101: The clue 9D: Fruit drink suffix refers to ADE. It often plays the part of a stand-alone word in the crossword grid, though some dictionaries don't know what the heck you're talking about when you look up ADE. Lemonade, sure. But ADE alone? Not so much. This used to get clued a lot as Fables in Slang writer George ADE, but now? Beverages all the way. Assorted clues: summer cooler; fruity quaff; lemon/lime/orange/citrus drink. Nigerian world music legend King Sunny Adé, alas, almost never gets mentioned in a clue.
Everything Else — 1A: Popular (HOT); 4A: Takes steps (ACTS); 8A: Does some garden maintenance (WATERS); 14A: "__ Father ..." (OUR); 15A: Masked critter (COON); 16A: "Ditto" ("I DO TOO"); 17A: Ecol. or agric. (SCI.); 18A: *"Seven Year Ache" country singer (ROSANNE CASH); 20A: *"All I Wanna Do" singer (SHERYL CROW); 22A: 1963 role for Liz (CLEO); 23A: Note after fa (SOL); 24A: Nissan sedan (ALTIMA); 26A: Mimosa family tree (ACACIA); 29A: Part of TNT (NITRO); 32A: *Longtime "American Bandstand" host (DICK CLARK); 36A: Lover of Christine, in "The Phantom of the Opera" (RAOUL); 38A: Gardner of "Mogambo" (AVA); 39A: Parkinsonism drug (L-DOPA); 41A: Hagen of Broadway (UTA); 42A: Bette's "Divine" nickname (MISS M); 45A: *Notable member of The Second City improv group (JOHN CANDY); 48A: "The Merry Widow" composer (LEHAR); 50A: Time-share units (CONDOS); 51A: Rolled oats cereal (MUESLI); 55A: Banned pesticide (DDT); 56A: Voice above tenor (ALTO); 59A: *French writer who befriended Chopin (GEORGE SAND); 63A: *"The Mark of Zorro" star (1940) (TYRONE POWER); 65A: Happy hour site, and word that can follow each last name in the answers to starred clues (BAR); 66A: World's largest river by volume (AMAZON); 67A: King, to a subject (SIRE); 68A: Greater N.Y.C. campus (LIU); 69A: Not naked (DECENT); 70A: City west of Tulsa (ENID); 71A: Street shader (ELM); 1D: "Bonanza" brother (HOSS); 2D: Pained cry (OUCH); 3D: Hears arguments in court (TRIES A CASE); 4D: Painter's medium (ACRYLIC); 5D: Not nerdy (COOL); 6D: Puccini opera (TOSCA); 7D: Warning from a doghouse (SNARL); 8D: Best type of situation (WIN-WIN); 9D: Fruit drink suffix (-ADE); 10D: Bach work (TOCCATA); 11D: Catchall abbr. (ET AL.); 12D: Went up (ROSE); 13D: Fashionable London area (SOHO); 19D: "Just kidding!" ("NOT!"); 21D: Gibraltar landmark (ROCK); 25D: Fallen space station (MIR); 26D: Eden gardener (ADAM); 27D: __ union: same-sex relationship status (CIVIL); 28D: 100% (ALL); 30D: King Arthur's meeting spot (ROUND TABLE); 31D: Finish ahead of (OUTDO); 33D: Noun modifier: Abbr. (ADJ.); 34D: Friend of Pooh (ROO); 35D: Canadian rd. sign letters (KPH); 37D: Fires, with "off" (LAYS); 40D: Very old: Abbr. (ANC.); 43D: Chat idly: Var. (SHMOOZE); 44D: Half a Kenyan rebel (MAU); 46D: Official emergency status (CODE RED); 47D: "No ifs, __ ..." (ANDS); 49D: University officer (REGENT); 52D: Labor Day mo. (SEP.); 53D: Running free (LOOSE); 54D: Author Shaw (IRWIN); 56D: Just barely (A TAD); 57D: __ tick: disease carrier (LYME); 58D: Gillette's __ II (TRAC); 60D: Spice Girl Halliwell (GERI); 61D: Wood fastener (NAIL); 62D: Bongo or conga (DRUM); 64D: Nantes negative (NON).