Ooh...a tougher-than-usual Tuesday puzzle to follow yesterday's delicious fare.
The theme is establishments of sorts...each theme answer is a common phrase, clued as if it were some type of business.
20A: Striptease business? (showing concern). While I don't use (or often hear) the word concern in reference to a business, it is a legitimate use of the word.
35A: Wrestling business? (holding firm).
53A: Comb business? (parting company). This was the first one I got...also my favorite.
I had to rely on crosses in so many areas of this one. There were some things I just didn't know.
19A: Yemeni port (Aden). I should know this. I think it ends up in a puzzle at least once a quarter.
33A: Knight's attendant (varlet). Rhymes with starlet, rather than sounding like valet...which I have heard of.
47A: Portugal's place (Iberia). Hopelessly geographically impaired.
52A: Row C abbr., maybe (ind). I'm not getting this at all.
63A: Mullally of "Will & Grace" (Megan). Have never seen the show...have never heard of her.
22D: Some Japanese-Americans (Nisei). I never remember this word, but I remember that it refers to second generation.
33D: TV handyman Bob (Vila).
Favorite answer in the puzzle was 3D: Jumble (mishmash). What a great word.
An old friend reappears at 66A: Dummy Mortimer (Snerd), shown at right with Edgar Bergen.
Others I liked include 18A: Cutoffs fabric (denim), 5D: Figure that's squared in a common formula (radius), 12D: Mafia code of silence (omerta)...remembered it this time, 36D: The Pineapple Island (Lanai)...love anything Hawaiian, and 38D: Sauce for some seafood (marinara)...I had cocktail, the more obvious (albeit wrong) answer.
Interesting to see 25A: "__ to say this, but..." (I hate) and 44D: Not be able to stomach (loathe) in the same puzzle.
Another connection between 28A: Stereotypical sandwich board diner (Joe's) and 40A: Beanery sign (eats).
Loved the clue for 29D: Bacchanalian revelry (orgy). That's what finally made varlet appear.
51A: __-Caps (Nestlé candy) (Sno)...one of my childhood favorites. Since they're dark (at least semisweet) chocolate, I guess I'd say I still like them.
That's all for tonight. Here's the grid...
In the words of 41D: Cratchit boy (Tiny Tim), "God bless us...everyone." See you tomorrow.