When I see long theme answers, like we have today, I usually end up working a lot of downs to get some idea where they're going.
These were definitely looking strange...
Not that I had all of them, of course. But enough to wonder what was up. And what was up was:
17A: "Creature From the Black Lagoon," e.g. (DDD monster movie)
41A: Gathering of budding agriculturists (HHHH Club meeting)
62A: Some running competitions (KKKKKKKKKK races)
Initially, I thought that 62A would be KKKKK. Since we had three, then four, I just assumed the next one would be five. So much for assuming.
Who doesn't love gimmes? I especially love the longer ones, like 15A: Site of an annual auto hill climb (Pike's Peak) and its symmetrical correspondent 69A: City of Indiana or Louisiana (Lafayette).
With the 10K and Pike's Peak, the letter K appeared 18 times in this puzzle. 5D: "The Greatest Generation" author (Brokaw), shared his with 19A: One trying to stay up while going down (skier). Clever clue, by the way. Some others were:
1A: Food that's stuck on a plate (kebab), with 1D: Western moniker (Kid)
18D: Jefferson site (nickel) with 30A: Attention-getting haircut (Mohawk)
39A: Canon rival (Nikon) and 27D: Two-piece suits? (bikini). Happy to see it clued without reference to waxing.
A scrabbly X in the grid as well. 51D: People in a crowd, maybe (extras) and 54A: Controversial 1767 act of Parliament (tea tax).
Liked the clever clue at 64D: Restaurant with wings (KFC).
Did not know 21D: Old wine vessel (amphora). Must remember, as it will probably come back some time.
The award for the funniest-looking word in the puzzle goes to 22D: Bigwig (Poohbah). That always reminds me of The Flintstones.
61D: Bed, slangily (sack) reminds me that I need to hit it early tonight.
Enjoy your Thursday. The weekend's almost here.