- 17A: Doing what's just not done (IN BAD FORM).
- 29A: You can't go back from it (POINT OF NO RETURN).
- 49A: Early (AHEAD OF SCHEDULE).
- 65A: Subbing, and taxpayer's responsibility vis-à-vis the ends of 17-, 29- and 49-Across (FILLING IN).
But now that we've gotten that out of the way, I will say that I love the clue for HI MOM (9A: Greeting often requiring lip-reading). FOR FUN and DID NOT are fresh and appealing grid entries (52D: On a lark / 54D: Terse childish denial). And anything that brings to mind Carlos Santana is AOK in my book. (4D: Medicine man (SHAMAN)). Overall, I felt like this puzzle really flowed. There was a bit of crosswordese here and there, but it felt more helpful than overwhelming to me today for some reason. Good stuff.
Crosswordese 101: John Hersey won a Pulitzer prize in 1945 for his novel "A Bell for ADANO." The setting for the novel is ADANO, a fictional Italian town (or village) that was visited by Major Joppolo. If you can remember all that, you'll have no trouble recognizing a clue for ADANO the next time you see it.
Other crosswordese in this puzzle that we've already covered:
- 57A: Dickens pen name (BOZ).
- 70A: Spicy Spanish stew (OLLA).
- 71A: "Awake and Sing!" playwright (ODETS).
- 53D: "The Time Machine" race (ELOI).