Theme: "Ay ay ay!" — Theme answers are two-syllable compound words with long I's. (Is there more to it than that?)
- 20A: Like Tater Tots (BITE-SIZE).
- 24A: Metaphorical site of some presidential chats (FIRESIDE).
- 48A: Lengthy guarantee period (LIFETIME).
- 53A: "Ditto" ("LIKEWISE").
- 4D: Delicate path to walk (FINE LINE).
- 40D: Energetic type (LIVE WIRE).
Straightforward cluing and a ho-hum theme made this a quick solve today. Lots of prefixes and fill-in-the-blanks in the grid:
- 19A: Online prefix with -pedia (WIKI).
- 32A: Baked __ (BEANS).
- 41A: __-Caps: candy (SNO).
- 44A: "Dies __": hymn (IRAE).
- 64A: Pro __ (RATA).
- 67A: Prefix with distant (EQUI-).
- 29D: Alien: Pref. (XENO-).
- 38D: "__ want for Christmas ..." (ALL I).
- 54D: "__ just me, or ..." (IS IT).
- 56D: In __: as found (SITU).
- 16A: Gusto (ELAN). I'm thinking with the whole Tiger Woods scandal going on, we might see ELIN in the grid here one of these days.
- 18A: Bee parts that are really cool? (KNEES). HAha! The bee's knees! Such a dorky / corny / old-timey phrase. Love it!
- 22A: Jeered (GIBED). I know the different between jive and jibe/gibe, but I sometimes get confused about the various definitions of jibe/gibe.
- 59A: Dispatch boat (AVISO). Did you know this one? I had no idea.
- 65A: River of Hades (STYX). Ah yes, the 80s.
- 1D: Graceful horse (ARAB). Arab? Arabian? Arabian is what comes to mind.
- 2D: "The Open Window" storywriter (SAKI). Pen name of Hector Hugh Munro, a short story writer sometimes compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Crosswordese 301.
- 7D: Painter Georgia (O'KEEFFE). Love her work. Don't love the funky spelling of her name. Did that trip you up?
- 45D: Highest point (VERTEX). I entered vortex at first. Totally different thing.
- 47D: Rocks at the bar (ICE). This is about as clever the cluing got today.
- 49D: Chucklehead (IDIOT). Chucklehead is an awesome awesome word. Try to use it today. You know you want to.
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Everything Else — 1A: Valley girl's "Pshaw!" ("AS IF!"); 5A: Ere (AFORE); 10A: Facial bones (JAWS); 14A: Indian princess (RANI); 15A: City attacked by Godzilla (TOKYO); 17A: Related (to) (AKIN); 23A: Novelist Deighton (LEN); 27A: "Haste makes waste" and others (MAXIMS); 30A: Sassy (FRESH); 31A: Tree of life site (EDEN); 36A: Place for a Pinot (WINE BAR); 39A: Handyman's carryall (TOOLBOX); 42A: Marry in a hurry (ELOPE); 45A: Bravery (VALOR); 46A: Chunks of fairway (DIVOTS); 51A: Many a Roddick serve (ACE); 52A: Smells (ODORS); 58A: Turin-based automaker (FIAT); 61A: Pupil's locale (IRIS); 62A: Hefty volume (TOME); 63A: Ceiling (LIMIT); 66A: Angel hair, e.g. (PASTA); 3D: Part of LBJ, e.g.: Abbr. (INIT.); 5D: "Diet Revolution" doctor (ATKINS); 6D: "Aaay!" sayer of '70s-'80s TV (FONZ); 8D: Deli request (RYE); 9D: Dawn deity (EOS); 10D: Like the calendar established by Hillel II (JEWISH); 11D: Cover story? (ALIBI); 12D: Roused (WAKED); 13D: Said with a sneer (SNIDE); 21D: Future father's sch.? (SEM.); 22D: Plaster painting surface (GESSO); 25D: Teed off (IRATE); 26D: Attorney general under Clinton (RENO); 27D: Kittens' cries (MEWS); 28D: Server's edge, in tennis (AD IN); 32D: Dustpan's partner (BROOM); 33D: Spanish river (EBRO); 34D: Perfectly (TO A T); 35D: It can be awkward when they run into each other (EXES); 37D: Rhythms (BEATS); 43D: Fights before the main event, for short (PRELIMS); 46D: Actress Fanning (DAKOTA); 48D: Hay storage areas (LOFTS); 50D: Like freshly poured beer (FOAMY); 55D: Baghdad's land (IRAQ); 57D: Morales of "La Bamba" (ESAI); 59D: Mont Blanc, e.g. (ALP); 60D: Through (VIA).