Today's theme is revealed at 29D: Word following the last parts of the answers to the five starred clues (walks). The five theme answers are:
20A: Line formatting option (triple space).
40A: Hipster (cool cat). Even I haven't heard that expression in forever. When I hear hipsters, I think ladies' undergarments (or bathing suit bottoms) that sit lower than the waistline.
61A: Education overseers (school board).
11D: College in Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross).
33D: Kids' game (Pattycake). Toddlers' game is really more like it. I don't think you play pattycake with a child who's past the age of two.
The theme isn't rocket science, certainly, but the puzzle was entertaining enough, with plenty of good fill.
9A: 1986 Indy winner Bobby (Rahal). I wouldn't have had a clue about this, except that it was in last Sunday's puzzle. Another repeat of a recent answer appears at 70A: Der __ (Konrad Adenauer) (Alte). It was clued differently, but a comment was made (either here or at another blog) about Der Alte.
24A: Blockbuster aisle (horror). I don't watch horror movies...never have and never will.
31A: Coke competitor (Pepsi). I'm glad they weren't looking for something like crystal meth. The clue isn't totally accurate, though. Pepsi lovers don't think of Coke as a competitor, and Coke lovers know there is no competition. For the record, I don't drink either. My beverage of choice depends on the time of day. Sometimes it's coffee, sometimes it's beer...Sunshine Wheat, Fat Tire or Hefenweizen.
53A: Kind of pool or medal (Olympic).
56A: Common TV dinner (pot pie). No one in this house considers a pot pie to be dinner, but I guess adding "TV" makes it work. I'll admit that I liked them as a kid.
64A: Ring-tailed mammal (coati). They sure are funny-looking little guys.
69A: Old female country teacher (marm). Schoolmarm is the name of one of the ski runs at Keystone. This site names it the tenth best single ski run in North America. It must be a beginner run, or I wouldn't have done it. I don't ski any more...haven't in about 15 years...and Schoolmarm was my very last run.
2D: Last Oldsmobile to be made (Alero).
4D: Tennis star Pete (Sampras). This is the kind of sports clue I can get. Someone who's been in the news so many times that there's no way I could have missed his or her name.
5D: Grotto (cavern). I like the clue and the answer.
9D: Cesar who played the Joker (Romero). I know he played him in the old television show, but I don't know who played him in the movies. What? Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger!
21D: Sound reasoning (logic). For as long as I can remember, I've been a random thinker, and I've been married for almost 26 years to the most logical man I know. It's true what they say about opposites attracting...
35D: "Ricochet" co-star (Ice-T). Does this guy look like a Tracy Marrow to you? No way.
Here's the completed grid. As always, let me know if you spot an error in it.
And we'll see you tomorrow.