Theme: "Baaaa!" — Types of sheep are hidden in the theme answers.
- 17A: Hackneyed line (HAVE WE MET BEFORE).
- 35A: Chowder base (CLAM BROTH).
- 57A: Summertime cosmetic mishap (MASCARA MELTDOWN).
- 65A: Animal family hidden in 17-, 35- and 57-Across (SHEEP).
Let's see ... :
- 1A: Italian port on the Adriatic (BARI). BAM! Tough geography clue right out of the gate.
- 23A: Frothy fountain drinks (MALTEDS). Sounds kind of old-timey, reminding us of a simpler time when we would prefer to recall that everything was perfect.
- 45A: 1975 A.L. MVP and Rookie of the Year __ Lynn (FRED). Wow. Of all the FREDs to chose from.
- 49A: __ stone (ROSETTA). Has anyone tried to learn a language using the Rosetta Stone products? Man, they're expensive.
- 54A: Crimson Tide, briefly (BAMA). If I'm not mistaken, they were involved in an important football game recently. I could be totally wrong about that.
- 12D: Sandra Bullock role, e.g. (HEROINE). Happened to catch "Speed" while flipping through channels the other day. Boy can Keanu Reeves not act!
- 18D: Agricultural pests (WEEVILS). The first thing that came to my mind was weebles. Despite the fact that they wobble and they don't fall down, I don't think they're particularly troublesome to farmers.
- 43D: Longtime Steinway rival (BALDWIN). Pianos!
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Everything Else — 10A: Newspaper family name (OCHS); 14A: Yemen's main port (ADEN); 15A: Roofed patio (LANAI); 20A: Love, in 1-Across (AMORE); 21A: Heros (SUBS); 22A: Male delivery (SON); 26A: Green soldier (RECRUIT); 28A: Unwanted kitchen visitor (ANT); 29A: Killed, in a way (VETOED); 31A: River in NW France (ORNE); 32A: MA and PA (STS.); 33A: Bakery worker with a gun (ICER); 34A: Spirited equine (STEED); 38A: "__ moi, le déluge": Louis XV (APRÈS); 41A: New Rochelle, NY, college (IONA); 42A: "Pygmalion" monogram (GBS); 46A: "The evil that men do lives after them" speaker (ANTONY); 48A: Brutally harsh (RAW); 51A: How architects draw (TO SCALE); 53A: Rear admiral's rear (AFT); 56A: "Flip This House" network (A AND E); 61A: Hall of Famer Slaughter (ENOS); 62A: Book from which the film "What's Love Got to Do With It" was adapted (I, TINA); 63A: Netman Nastase (ILIE); 64A: Posted (SENT); 66A: Buffoonish (ZANY); 1D: Commonwealth off Florida (BAHAMAS); 2D: Uncompromising (ADAMANT); 3D: Rises up (REVOLTS); 4D: At a standstill (INERT); 5D: Tavern choice (ALE); 7D: Singletons (ONES); 8D: Come of age (MATURE); 9D: Like many lobster eaters (BIBBED); 10D: Galoot (OAF); 11D: Sense of completeness (CLOSURE); 13D: Like some candles (SCENTED); 19D: Corner PC key (ESC); 24D: Numerical prefix (DECA-); 25D: Pipe part (STEM); 27D: Portnoy creator Philip (ROTH); 30D: Move in high circles? (ORBIT); 34D: Patronizes, as an inn (STAYS AT); 35D: Hand over (CEDE); 36D: Canine anchor (ROOT); 37D: __ occasion: never (ON NO); 39D: Talking a blue streak? (PROFANE); 40D: Sits atop (RESTS ON); 42D: Hiker's snack (GRANOLA); 44D: Todd of Broadway (SWEENEY); 46D: Classic video games (ATARIS); 47D: "Broadway Joe" (NAMATH); 50D: Not yet sched. (TBA); 52D: City near Gibraltar (CADIZ); 55D: Brest friend (AMIE); 58D: Western KY clock setting (CST); 59D: Santa Barbara-to-Vegas dir. (ENE); 60D: Slurp (up) (LAP).