I got a very late start tonight on the puzzle and actually dozed off in the middle of it. Nancy Joline gave us a fairly tough one, with six 10-letter words and/or phrases.
1A: Energy source (granola bar). I boldly entered wind power, a great wrong answer.
15A: Home of the National Automobile Museum (Reno, Nevada)
17A: First lady who was once a prominent radio actress (Evita Peron). Why in the world was I trying to think of a United States first lady? I saw the movie and listened to the soundtrack a hundred times!
61A: One who deals in futures (horoscoper). Not a great word on its own, but it works well in the grid, and the clue was a good one.
64A: Construction equipment (erector set). Don has such fond memories of his first (probably only) erector set. When he retires, I'm going to buy him another one. Don't tell.
66A: Angels (messengers). Okay, I guess that works.
There are also three vertical stacks in each corner of seven-letter answers. I'll pick a favorite from each corner.
3D: Brutes (animals) wins in the northwest.
14D: Gentleman of Verona (Signore) is the one I got, but I loved 13D: Drub (plaster). 12D: "Survivor" setting, 2004 (Vanuatu) was impossible for me. Never watched the show, and had to Google to confirm the answer that I got from the acrosses.
39D: Where drinks aren't on you (open bar)
44D: Tramp (traipse). I was thinking the other kind of tramp so entered trollop once I had the TR in place.
There were several other one-word clues like that, and I got trapped by a few.
25A: Swell (neato). Not the kind of swell I had in mind.
39A: Pops (old timer). I thought of pops, as in explodes.
54A: Spots (ads). Several other meanings for spots, but none that would fit in three squares.
65A: Break (rest). Oh, that kind of break. I could use one.
My favorite clue was 31A: X maker, at times (voter). My first thought was lover (X being kisses to O's hugs), then I was thinking about someone who couldn't write.
I'd better wrap this up. I need to make an appearance at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast tomorrow morning. Every year they fund our organization through their generous grants, so all of our employees volunteer to do a two-hour shift at the breakfast. I was smart enough not to sign up for the 6:00 a.m. shift. Funny thing about getting older...I used to be a morning person, but I can barely drag myself out of bed before 7:30. And it's all I can do to stay awake past 10.
And here it is almost 11:00. Good night.