In keeping with today's theme, Jeremy Horwitz should have changed his byline...to J. Something Horwitz.
The three theme answers are:
17A: T.S. Eliot title character who measures out his life with coffee spoons (J. Alfred Prufrock). For those of you who may need a refresher, here's the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
39A: Editor out to smear Spider-Man (J. Jonah Jameson). I didn't have a clue about this one but was able to get it from the crosses. He doesn't look like anyone I'd want to run into.
61A: Vice president who once famously mashed "potato" (J. Danforth Quayle). I didn't know his full name...fortunately, it was quite easy to get from crosses. I read the clue wrong, though...Vice president who once famously did the mashed potato...but that didn't keep me from getting the answer.
If I haven't already gone on record to say this, let me say that I hate the time change. Actually, I hate both of them. I wish we would just stay on one or the other. I will be a physical wreck for at least a week. The extra hour I got last night was well spent, but now it's 10:30, and my body thinks it's 11:30 and wonders why I won't go to bed. So...this will be a short post. We went to the local dinner theater tonight and saw Footloose...it was well done, as are all of their shows. Anyway, I downloaded the puzzle before we left, thinking I'd solve during the dinner portion. I ended up solving it before we left.
And now...on with the puzzle.
I loved that we had both 11D: Brazil's largest city (Sao Paulo) and 24D: California city in a 1968 Dionne Warwick hit (San Jose).
Absolute favorite answer was 50A: A goose egg (zippo). Great clue...much better than cluing it in relation to a lighter.
Words that looked good in the grid include 35A: Light golden lager (pilsner), 43A: Dance class outfit (leotard), and 58A: Saw-toothed (serrate).
Super-easy clue for 1D: __ party (sleepover) (pajama). I went online to bigdogs.com to shop for Christmas pajamas. On Elaine's first Christmas with us, we all got new pajamas which we opened on Christmas Eve. The thinking at the time was that she'd be excited to get into her new pajamas, and maybe she'd get to bed. It worked the first year, so we did it the next year when Leslie had joined the family...and the tradition has continued. I suggested that maybe we shouldn't do it this year, and you'd think I suggested cancelling Christmas.
That's all for tonight. Feel free to discuss other aspects of the puzzle via the comments section. [Update: In the last three days, I've gotten about 30 spam comments on the September 4 post...with links to what I'm guessing were pretty disgusting sites. For the time being, you'll have to put in a code in order to comment. I hope that won't deter anyone...it's only a minor pain.]
Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.