- 20A: Five-time "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit cover girl (ELLE MACPHERSON).
- 33A: 1982 song title items that "live together in perfect harmony" (EBONY AND IVORY).
- 40A: Key opening? (O SAY CAN YOU SEE).
- 53A: Great experience (TIME OF ONE'S LIFE).
- 58D: Newsstand buy, for short—one begins each of the four longest puzzle answers (and also ends the last one) (MAG).
Do you all know what a porkpie is? I only know it from the song "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," a song written in memory of saxophonist Lester Young which my high school jazz band performed. But that was, like, a hundred years ago and I'm pretty sure I've never heard it mentioned since. So that's pretty random. Oh, and check this out! Lester Young's nickname was PREZ, as in 35D: Prez's backup (VEEP). Speaking of music in the puzzle, if you were just going through the acrosses, you probably smiled like I did at AXEL followed by ROSE. Well, you either smiled or, I don't know, winced or something (14A: Cousin of a toe loop / 15A: Levitated). (Yes, I know that's not how Axl Rose spells his name, but still.)
- 17A: Stitch's adopter, in a Disney film (LILO). Was "LILO & Stitch" a big enough deal that childless people have heard of it?
- 51A: Jawbone source for Samson's weapon (ASS). Any time I see ASS in the grid I raise my eyebrows a little. But today it's even better considering 44D: Cheek (SASS)!
- 52A: SASE, e.g. (ENC.). Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope, which is something you might ENClose when submitting a manuscript.
- 60A: Actor Rickman (ALAN). I feel like I should know who this is … d'oh! It's Snape!
- 6D: Veg-O-Matic maker (RONCO). You know what's coming.
- 28D: Kris Kringle's employer of film (MACY'S). I believe this is a reference to the Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street."
- 30D: Marilyn Monroe's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" role (LORELEI LEE). This is one of those movies that I think I should see only I can't remember if maybe I did once, but maybe didn't see the whole thing. Or maybe I'm just getting it confused with "Some Like It Hot." Do you have movies like that?
Other crosswordese in the puzzle that we've already covered:
- 14A: Cousin of a toe loop (AXEL).
- 39A: Lake on four states and a province (ERIE).
- 11D: Northern European capital (OSLO).
- 31D: He put the "O" in Jackie O (ARI).
- 54D: "Picnic" playwright (INGE).
Everything Else — 1A: Spider creations (WEBS); 5A: Porkpie feature (BRIM); 9A: Fern-to-be (SPORE); 16A: Wears (HAS ON); 18A: Burden (ONUS); 19A: Sky holder of myth (ATLAS); 23A: Tennis match part (SET); 24A: Wedding promise (I DO); 25A: Nathan Hale, e.g. (SPY); 26A: Stick (to) (ADHERE); 28A: Tiny arachnid (MITE); 30A: Mad scientist's milieu (LAB); 36A: Type size (PICA); 38A: Bill, once passed (ACT); 45A: A-Team muscleman (MR. T); 46A: Benevolent order (ELKS); 47A: Port in SW Italy (NAPLES); 50A: Heidi's high hill (ALP); 58A: City bonds, for short (MUNIS); 59A: Latvian capital (RIGA); 61A: Tense feeling (ANGST); 62A: Settled on a branch, say (ALIT); 63A: Departed (WENT); 64A: Silly ones (GEESE); 65A: Applications (USES); 66A: Butterfly catchers (NETS); 1D: Polish Solidarity hero Lech (WALESA); 2D: Like the storied man without a country (EXILED); 4D: __ gin fizz (SLOE); 5D: Make wider (BROADEN); 7D: "The jig __!" (IS UP); 8D: Interlock, as gears (MESH); 10D: Dupe (PATSY); 12D: Reddish horse (ROAN); 13D: USN rank (ENS.); 22D: Cornerstone abbr. (ESTD.); 27D: Auction venue with a four-color logo (EBAY); 29D: Enjoying a lot (INTO); 32D: Tournament edge (BYE); 34D: Union soldier (YANK); 36D: Fluffy toy dog, familiarly (POM); 37D: Syr. neighbor (ISR.); 41D: Woman's name meaning "heavenly" (CELESTE); 42D: Dog food choice (ALPO); 43D: Beats, as an incumbent (UNSEATS); 48D: "Terrible" child, in Toulouse (ENFANT); 49D: Olfactory stimuli (SCENTS); 50D: Slightly off (AMISS); 51D: 1973 Rolling Stones chart-topper (ANGIE); 53D: Adjust for pitch (TUNE); 55D: Munich missus (FRAU); 56D: Quiets, as a squeak (OILS); 57D: Croquet venue (LAWN).