- 17A: Meat jelly with a dairy-sounding name (HEAD CHEESE).
- 29A: Jelly companion (PEANUT BUTTER).
- 47A: It's usually not needed with an electric razor (SHAVING CREAM).
- 62A: San Francisco gay rights martyr played by Sean Penn in a 2008 film (HARVEY MILK).
I didn't really have any sticking points today. Everything seemed pretty straightforward. The northeast corner was probably toughest for me because I didn't remember Richard ROUNDTREE and I couldn't come up with RUFF right away (19A: Old-fashioned pleated neckwear). But the crosses came easily, so not much of a slow-down there. I think the level of crosswordese in this puzzle is pretty low for a Monday. And some of the fill is pretty good. Not anything we haven't seen before, but — again, for a Monday — well, I think the scrabbliness helps this one actually sparkle a little. Good stuff.
Let's talk about …
- 14A: Yankee Stadium's borough (BRONX). There's a fantastic story about my favorite baseball player, Yankee Mariano Rivera, in yesterday's New York Times Magazine.
- 21A: 1963 Paul Newman title role (HUD). You'll be seeing this in CW101 someday, so try to remember it!
- 43A: Iowa wrestling legend Gable (DAN). Okay, that's not really the clue here. But it should be!
- 51A: TV hero who was really good with a Swiss army knife (MACGYVER). One of my favorite websites, Lifehacker.com often publishes MacGyver tips. These are old, but probably still work!
- 11D: "Shaft" star Richard (ROUNDTREE). Before there was Chuck Norris, there was John Shaft.
- 22D: Salad bar greens (ARUGULA). I'm fussy about my salad greens. I really don't like the kind that looks like it was just picked from the yard. I think arugula is okay. It's the stuff that looks like weeds and tastes like chemicals that I don't want anywhere near my salad.
- 28D: "Deutschland __ Alles" (ÜBER). Timely.
- 34D: Sister of Rachel (LEAH). Some people might know this from the Bible, but I know it from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.
- 42D: Major-__: steward (DOMO). I've only seen this word in the context of newsgroups but never really knew what it meant. Wikipedia tells me that "Typically, the term refers to the highest (major) person of a household (domo) staff, one who acts on behalf of the (often absent) owner of a typically large residence. … The term also refers, more informally, to someone who oversees the day-to-day responsibilities of a business enterprise." I'm going to see if I can get my boss to change my title to Majordomo.
- 63D: Golfer's dream (ACE). PuzzleHusband told a funny story the other day about one time a couple years ago when he took PuzzleSon golfing. PS was, I don't know, five or six years old maybe? And when PH shot an eagle on one hole he was all, "Did you see that?!" PS is like, "Yeah, it went in the hole." He didn't fully comprehend the awesomeness of the shot is what I'm saying.
Other crosswordese in the puzzle that we've already covered:
- 52A: Hops-drying oven (OAST).
- 67A: Top (ACME).
- 27D: Sporty car roof (T-TOP).
- 50D: Cleveland's lake (ERIE).
- 65D: G.I. field ration (MRE).
Everything Else — 1A: Have a meeting of the minds (AGREE); 6A: Broadway attraction (SHOW); 10A: Matrix (GRID); 15A: Came to (WOKE); 16A: Top-ranked (A-ONE); 20A: NFL tiebreakers (OT'S); 22A: What pests do (ANNOY); 23A: Charlie Brown cry (RATS); 25A: Read the riot act to (LECTURED); 33A: Hospital supply (BLOOD); 36A: "The Man Who Fell to Earth" director Nicolas (ROEG); 37A: Outback bounder, briefly (ROO); 38A: Dizzy feeling (VERTIGO); 41A: Sensible, à la George Bush Sr. (PRUDENT); 43A: Ex-veep Quayle (DAN); 44A: 1040 or 1040EZ (FORM); 46A: Wind-carried soil (LOESS); 56A: Public embarrassment (SCENE); 58A: Partner of vigor (VIM); 60A: Tic-tac-toe loser (XOO); 61A: Short skirt (MINI); 66A: Feedbag stuff (OATS); 68A: Treasure cache (TROVE); 69A: "Gee" (GOSH); 70A: Patch up (MEND); 71A: Biceps-flexing guys (HE-MEN); 1D: Really hate (ABHOR); 2D: Legendary Garbo (GRETA); 3D: Family dinner entrée (ROAST); 4D: Wrap up (END); 5D: Part of NYSE: Abbr. (EXCH.); 6D: Nobel's birthplace (SWEDEN); 7D: Gardener's tool (HOE); 8D: Acceptances (OK'S); 9D: Tiny (WEE); 10D: January birthstone (GARNET); 12D: Facts, briefly (INFO); 13D: Resist openly (DEFY); 18D: Hawaiian dance (HULA); 24D: Blemish to remove (SPOT); 26D: Junkyard dog (CUR); 30D: Big building (EDIFICE); 31D: Many millennia (EONS); 32D: Decays (ROTS); 33D: Some briefs (BVD'S); 35D: Yule danglers (ORNAMENTS); 39D: Loud bell (GONG); 40D: Out-of-control indulgence (ORGY); 45D: Roman 1,105 (MCV); 48D: Disappear (VANISH); 49D: Gunned, as an engine (REVVED); 53D: Geometry postulate (AXIOM); 54D: Finish, as a crossword (SOLVE); 55D: Arcade coin (TOKEN); 56D: City skyline blurrer (SMOG); 57D: Italian's "So long" ("CIAO"); 59D: Greek god story, e.g. (MYTH); 62D: Breakfast meat (HAM); 64D: Pres. who resigned in '74 (RMN).