Theme: Hat Puns — Hat puns!
- 20A: Opportunity to examine some headwear? (CLOCHE ENCOUNTER).
- 33A: Call-in broadcasting for chefs? (TOQUE RADIO).
- 40A: Northerners who dress with Scottish flair? (TAM YANKEES).
- 47A: Hats that are soft and angular? (BOWLER OPPOSITES).
There was a lot of stuff I didn't know in this puzzle, but the crosses took care of everything:
- 19A: Pachacuti, for one (INCA). Never heard of him.
- 40D: Lady Hillingdon is a cultivar of one (TEA ROSE). I don't know who Lady Hillingdon is and I don't know what "cultivar" means.
- 46D: Victor Vasarely's genre (OP-ART). Can't say I've heard of Mr. Vasarely either.
- 14A: Multilayer farm site? (COOP). I am no longer fooled by the use of "layer" to mean "hen."
- 24A: Recycled T-shirt? (RAG). Not sure why this clue needs a question mark.
- 36A: "Seinfeld" actress Julia __-Dreyfus (LOUIS). Love her.
- 38A: Idol whose fans are known as Claymates (AIKEN). Clay Aiken took second place on the
firstsecond season of "American Idol."
- 42A: Condiment for pommes frites (SEL). French!
- 1D: Versatile, electronically (AC/DC).
- 28D: Apple or ale lead-in (ADAM'S). Of course I've known forever what an ADAM'S apple is, but I learned ADAM'S ale from crosswords. (It's water!)
- 29D: Pierre, e.g. (CITY). Me: "Well, it's the capital of South Dakota. It's also a French name. Hmmm … What could they be getting at here?" Duh.
Other crosswordese in the puzzle that we've already covered:
- 46A: God attended by Valkyries (ODIN).
- 22D: Seven sheikdoms fed. (UAE).
- 46D: Victor Vasarely's genre (OP-ART).
- 48D: It's found in tubs (OLEO).
Everything Else — 1A: Stage routines (ACTS); 5A: Full of spunk (SASSY); 10A: Shenanigan pullers (IMPS); 15A: Twaddle (TRIPE); 16A: "Ta ta!" ("CIAO!"); 17A: It's entered and processed (DATA); 18A: Needle bearers (PINES); 23A: Grub (EATS); 28A: Proactiv target (ACNE); 30A: One of a cup's 48: Abbr. (TSP.); 35A: Pampas weapon (BOLA); 37A: Posed (SAT); 39A: Gray area?: Abbr. (ANAT.); 43A: Livens (up) (PEPS); 44A: Delicate (DAINTY); 45A: Mendicant title (FRA); 55A: Plant used for first aid (ALOE); 56A: More than 70% of Earth's surface (OCEAN); 57A: Stretched just short of the breaking point (TAUT); 58A: Tidings (NEWS); 59A: Sudden movement (START); 60A: Gumbo ingredient (OKRA); 61A: "Gee willikers!" ("GOSH!"); 62A: Keep an __ the ground (EAR TO); 63A: McJob performer (PEON); 2D: Historic Newcastle resource (COAL); 4D: Garb for Apollo (SPACE SUIT); 5D: Religious guardian (ST. PETER); 6D: Astrological ovine (ARIES); 7D: __ Fein (SINN); 8D: Blueprint item, briefly (SPEC); 9D: "Just give me an answer already!" ("YES OR NO?"); 10D: Hockey infraction (ICING); 11D: After-dinner item (MINT); 12D: Step (PACE); 13D: Look down on the clouds, perhaps (SOAR); 21D: Can't take (HATES); 25D: Rand's shrugger (ATLAS); 26D: Shortbread cookie surname (DOONE); 27D: Peer (EQUAL); 30D: Perfunctory (TOKEN); 31D: Wintry woe (SLEET); 32D: Flower name derived from the French for "thought" (PANSY); 34D: PDQ cousin (ASAP); 35D: Halter, perhaps (BIKINI TOP); 38D: "Henry & June" role (ANAÏS); 41D: Enlarge, as a house (ADD ONTO); 43D: Ante- equivalent (PRE-); 45D: Meat (FLESH); 47D: Explosion (BANG); 49D: Awes (WOWS); 50D: Tetra- times two (OCTA-); 51D: Fruit with a "check the neck" ripeness test (PEAR); 52D: Steal (TAKE); 53D: Slovenia capital (EURO); 54D: Ollie's sidekick (STAN).