Theme: Can you hear me now? — Theme answers end with words that come after the word phone in familiar phrases.
- 17A: *Art class supply (SKETCHBOOK).
- 35A: *Suitcase attachment (NAME TAG).
- 53A: *Arcade attraction (PHOTO BOOTH).
- 11D: *Dreaded end-of-semester handout, perhaps (REPORT CARD).
- 27D: *Hotel offering (WAKEUP CALL).
- 61A: Caller's device, and word that can precede the ends of the answers to starred clues (PHONE).
- 6A: Solheim Cup co-sponsoring org. (LPGA). Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the only tricky clue in this puzzle. The Solheim Cup is the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup.
- 16A: McEntire of country (REBA). I've heard she's fantastic in concert but I've never been a big fan.
- 58A: Furry aquatic frolicker (OTTER). I never think of them as furry, but I always think of them as frolicking.
- 18D: Slugger's stat: Abbr. (HRS). Home RunS. Not to be confused with Holy Roman Emperors (55D: Any of four Ottos: Abbr.)
- 26D: Frosting feature (SWIRL). Mmmmm, frosting.
- 29D: Southfork Miss (ELLIE). This would be Miss Ellie Ewing of "Dallas."
- 36D: Iowa college town (AMES). Ames is home to Iowa State University. For some reason that's ringing a bell for me today.... Did something interesting happen there recently? Hmm... Oh yeah — the reigning champion Iowa Hawkeye wrestlers beat the #2 Cyclones Sunday night in Ames! It wasn't quite the beatdown we Hawkeye fans are always looking for, but keeping the winning streak (now at 46) intact is excellent. Hey, if you don't really have a feel for how huge wrestling is in Iowa, take a look at the first minute of this clip. It's sooooo cheesy but it actually gives me goosebumps. That's how much of a dork I am.
- 49D: Schneider of film (ROMY). Never heard of her. Hey, she was once engaged to 32A: Actor Delon (ALAIN). That saves it for me.
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Everything Else — 1A: Caught some z's (SLEPT); 10A: With 10-Down and "and," rigidly formal (PRIM); 14A: Moth-eaten (HOLEY); 15A: Problems (ILLS); 20A: Words of apology (I'M SORRY); 21A: Left, at sea (APORT); 22A: __ Nostra (COSA); 23A: Not as ruddy (PALER); 25A: Egyptian city on the Nile (ASWAN); 28A: Like some chocolates purchases (ASSORTED); 31A: Graceful bird (SWAN); 33A: Ohio A.L. team, on scoreboards (CLE); 34A: Commercial suffix with Water (-PIK); 37A: Bottom-row PC key (ALT); 38A: Rage (IRE); 39A: Apple models (IMACS); 40A: Soft cheese (BRIE); 41A: In the dark (CLUELESS); 43A: Judaic feast (SEDER); 44A: Fourth estate, as it's known (PRESS); 45A: Thai bread? (BAHT); 47A: Food that's filled and folded (TACOS); 49A: Brockovich portrayer (ROBERTS); 52A: "__ my lips!" (READ); 56A: Author __ Stanley Gardner (ERLE); 57A: San __, Italy (REMO); 59A: Bought, to a retailer (SOLD); 60A: Jet-black stone (ONYX); 1D: NYSE units (SHS); 2D: Mythical trickster (LOKI); 3D: K-6 (ELEM.); 4D: X-ray alternative (PET SCAN); 5D: Business big shot (TYCOON); 6D: Fall sign (LIBRA); 7D: Tricky maneuver (PLOY); 8D: Shine, in product names (GLO); 9D: Inquire (ASK); 10D: See 10-Across (PROPER); 12D: Reinforcing beam (IBAR); 13D: Soda shop buy (MALT); 21D: As a companion (ALONG); 23D: Tests for jrs. (PSATS); 24D: Big land mass (ASIA); 25D: Meat garnish (ASPIC); 28D: Baldwin and Guinness (ALECS); 30D: Discourage (DETER); 32D: Stockpile (AMASS); 35D: "Frasier" brother (NILES); 40D: Promise to marry (BETROTH); 42D: Worn by wind (ERODED); 43D: 1984 Cyndi Lauper hit (SHE BOP); 45D: Wrinkle remover (BOTOX); 46D: Blood typing letters (ABO); 47D: Very, in Verdun (TRÈS); 48D: Prefix with sol (AERO-); 50D: Oz barker (TOTO); 51D: WWII weapon (STEN); 53D: In favor of (PRO); 54D: Egg producer (HEN).