Today's theme was right in my sweet spot--THE SHIFT KEY (61A).
And now, drumroll please, your other theme entries:
- "90" PARENTHESES (17A) - nice that the constructor threw in a two-digit number to spice things up a bit.
- "3" POUND SIGN (32A) - this has some other interesting names, among them the "hash sign" or, even stranger, the octothorpe (try dropping that in casual conversation today!)
- "1" EXCLAMATION MARK (38A) - I call this an "exclamation point," and Google agrees with me as the point beats mark about 2:1. But, alas, the point version is 16 letters and wouldn't fit.
- "7" AMPERSAND (45A)
The only area I went a bit astray was ACHY for ROPY "Like some muscles" (41D). (Maybe I was thinking of Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy Breaky Heart"?)
DOTEDU (1A) was an interesting way to start off the puzzle ("End of many college addresses," such as my alma mater, rpi.edu.) Bit of a throwback to the STARR Report of the Clinton years--I remember Ken Starr and how the nation was so captivated by that scandal... Another possible political reference to MoveOn.org with 13D clued much less sensationally as "Not dawdle." Finally, the "show me" state of MISSOURI (8D) and ANATHEMA (39D) make for nice down entries to complete the fill.
And I'm done. See you folks next Thursday for my last guest spot.