I'd like to say that I did better with Patrick Berry's New York Times...but I'd be lying.
I had a couple of gimmes, but they weren't enough to break open any major areas in the grid.
19A: Maker of Kiwi Teawi (Snapple).
30A: Bad time for a tropical vacation (rainy season).
35A: Wine used to make zabaglione (Marsala).
50A: What stare decisis upholds the validity of (case law).
3D: "Paradise Lost" character (Satan).
Like I said, not much of a toe-hold. So I guessed some things, Googled some others, then I erased some things, Googled some more, erased, guessed...you get the picture.
The two long acrosses were good:
26A: They're staffed with doctors (universities). I was thinking along the academic line, but it took a couple of letters before I finally had it.
40A: Reluctantly accepting (reconciled to). That's an expression I've used far too often lately.
Really liked 11D: Is clueless (has no idea). Me...for much of this puzzle.
38A: Country that won the most medals at the 1980 Winter Olympics (East Germany). I thought it was (and entered) Soviet Union. It wasn't until I got 20D: Bridesmaid's accessory (corsage) that the G made it apparent...although a corsage is more appropriate for a prom than a wedding.
18A: Overprotect (cosset) always gets me. I had coddle.
22D: Very disagreeable (beastly). A good way to describe the last 24 hours of my life. Nothing that I won't survive, but it would have been easier to deal with some of it if Don had been here. He'll be back late Saturday afternoon.
46D: Stocking stuffer (Santa) made me laugh. I'll take all of the laughs I can get.
2D: Dog in Disney's "Cinderella" (Bruno). It's been forever since I've seen it, and I didn't even remember that she had a dog.
52A: Red line? (artery). One of the beastly events was the news that my cholesterol has gone up to a whopping 277. My HDL (the good stuff) is very good, but my LDL is way too high. The cardiologist did a Sestamibi stress test
two years ago and tested C-Reactive Protein, both with excellent results. We'll see what the next step is.
For me, the next step is bed. Here's the grid.
Tomorrow...same time, same place.