THEME: "Where Is That Music Coming From?!?"—Five theme entries contain a three-car collision of musical notes
I circled the notes where they appear within each theme answer, but the circles were not used in the original puzzle.
- 16A: Comfort (CONSOLATION). My favorite line from the movie (I know it's also a book, but I've only seen the movie) Cold Comfort Farm is "I saw something nasty in the woodshed."
- 39A: Queen whose name contains three apt words in a row, as does each of this puzzle's four longest theme answers (LATIFAH).
- 61A: Sister Sledge hit ("WE ARE FAMILY").
- 10D: Outnumber all others (PREDOMINATE).
- 24D: Pooped (ALL TIRED OUT).
Other answers and clues:
- 14A: Shooting Starr (BELLE). She was notorious outlaw in the 1800s but I know little about her.
- 19A: Contraction that's an "i" dropper (T'WERE). Contraction of "it were." I'm partial to t'weren't and t'ain't.
- 22A: Rhyme scheme used in a villanelle (ABAA). A villanelle is a 19-line poem split into 3/3/3/3/3/4 stanzas. Read a couple here.
- 47A: Play delayers (RAIN). As in a rain delay in a baseball game, not a theatrical hold-up.
- 1D: Roman numeral math! L x VI (CCC). That's 50 x 6 = 300.
- 27D: Henri's conclusion? (ETTA). Looks like a clue for a French word meaning "conclusion," but it's actually going for the suffix in Henrietta. I have some ancestors named Henrietta, and I'll bet a lot of other people do. Funny how there are a zillion baby girls named Isabella but none named Henrietta. Nobody names their kid after a great-grandma named Henrietta.
- 46D: Apple topping (CARAMEL). Yum! I really want some caramel now.
Crosswordese 101: Usually your four-letter Norwegian of choice is OLAF. Today he's clued as 50D: Norse saint. Most of the clues come in the "pick one from column A and one from column B" variety: (a) Norwegian/Norse/"of Norway"; and (b) saint/king. OLAF is the name of five Norwegian kings. Another way to go is Minnesota's St. ___ College, but I don't like that even though I once went on a blind date with an Ole. (I went to Carleton, across town from St. Olaf.) THe nice thing about using the college in the clue is that you'll know it's OLAF—the saint/king clues could also be spelled OLAV and the only way you'll know which spelling to use is by checking the crossing answer.
Everything Else — 1A: First name in nursing (CLARA); 6A: Bridges of Los Angeles County (JEFF); 10A: Sgt.'s trainee (PFC); 13A: More evasive (COYER); 14A: Shooting Starr (BELLE); 15A: Cry that's a laugh backward (RAH); 16A: Comfort (CONSOLATION); 18A: Eddie's "Green Acres" co-star (EVA); 19A: Contraction that's an "i" dropper ('TWERE); 20A: Slaw and fries (SIDES); 22A: Rhyme scheme used in a villanelle (ABAA); 25A: Follow (ENSUE); 28A: The __ Parade (ROSE); 29A: Co-creator of "The View" (WALTERS); 31A: It gets let off (STEAM); 33A: Specter on the Hill (ARLEN); 34A: Actor Dillon (MATT); 35A: Alcatraz, e.g.: Abbr. (ISL.); 38A: Nap or nip preceder (CAT); 39A: Queen whose name contains three apt words in a row, as does each of this puzzle's four longest answers (LATIFAH); 42A: PBS funder (NEA); 43A: Go down a slippery slope (SKI); 44A: Work without __ (A NET); 45A: Mil. schools (ACADS.); 47A: Play delayers (RAINS); 49A: Beethoven specialties (SONATAS); 51A: "Mermaids" actress (CHER); 53A: Online business (E-TAIL); 55A: __ Sweeney, Ethel Merman's "Anything Goes" role (RENO); 56A: "You __ be there" (HAD TO); 58A: "The Crucible," e.g. (DRAMA); 60A: Guillermo's gold (ORO); 61A: Sister Sledge hit (WE ARE FAMILY); 67A: PC core (CPU); 68A: Thinks the world of (LOVES); 69A: Oscar de la __ (RENTA); 70A: Sunrise direction, in Stuttgart (OST); 71A: Flip out (SNAP); 72A: Lewis or Lois colleague (CLARK); 1D: L x VI (CCC); 2D: Oft-visited pub room (LOO); 3D: Author Rand (AYN); 4D: Say another way (RESTATE); 5D: In __: lined up (A ROW); 6D: Ballet leaps (JETÉS); 7D: Passing Manning (ELI); 8D: __-Jo: Olympic sprinter's nickname (FLO); 9D: Sedge-filled wetlands (FENS); 10D: Outnumber all others (PREDOMINATE); 11D: #1 picks (FAVES); 12D: Phillies all-star slugger Utley (CHASE); 14D: Tractor shelters (BARNS); 17D: Look like a wolf (LEER); 21D: Tax-deferring option, briefly (IRA); 22D: Spy plane acronym (AWACS); 23D: Netanyahu's successor (BARAK); 24D: Pooped (ALL TIRED OUT); 26D: Gp. with F-16s (USAF); 27D: Henri's conclusion? (ETTA); 30D: Zhou __ (ENLAI); 32D: A Coen brother (ETHAN); 34D: Where Ben Bernanke got his Ph.D. (MIT); 36D: Ford Taurus, e.g. (SEDAN); 37D: Calf catcher (LASSO); 40D: Actress Hathaway (ANNE); 41D: Audition (TEST); 46D: Apple topping (CARAMEL); 48D: Word before or after thou (ART); 49D: Foal fathers (SIRES); 50D: Norse saint (OLAF); 51D: Intro to -holic (CHOCO); 52D: Instruments with pedals (HARPS); 54D: TV spot pro (AD REP); 57D: Temple's team (OWLS); 59D: Painter Chagall (MARC); 62D: Awfully long time (EON); 63D: Gardner of film (AVA); 64D: Concert finale? (-INA); 65D: Copier abbr. (LTR.); 66D: Blab (YAK).