Richard Chisholm's Wednesday puzzle is a fairly easy one, as Wednesdays go. The theme is revealed at 38A: What 18-, 23-, 55- and 63-Across each comprises (two boats)...and the theme answers are:
18A: Romantic goings-on (love life). I'm so embarrassed to admit that I used to love watching Love Boat. I had a serious crush on one of the crew members...not Julie, but I won't tell who it was.
23A: Tupperware sale event (house party). That was the last one to fall because of an error at 3D: It means "Go with God" (adieu). I had adios, so house wasn't coming together. Party, of course, was a gimme.
55A: Catching cold? (ice fishing). Clever clue, that one. That was the first theme answer I got, so I was able to go back and finish 38-Across.
63A: Cockpit datum (air speed).
The strangest-looking word in the puzzle appears at 4D: Act as a go-between (liaise). It just looks wrong as a verb.
After a long absence, our good friend Euler appears at 7D, clued as [Calculus pioneer]. In fact, it had been so long since we've seen him that it wasn't a gimme.
A few good entertainment answers. 11D: Where "Aida" premiered (Cairo), 12D: Jude Law title role (Alfie), 24D: "All the King's Men" star, 2006 (Penn)and 58D: David of Pink Panther movies (Niven). Stretching that a bit, we also have 13D: Many Justin Timberlake fans (teens), 39D: Toto's home (Kansas) and 54D: Shrek's ilk (ogres).
Clues that refer to time of day are often easy to figure out. We have two in today's puzzle...43A: Early time to rise (six a.m.) and 71A: When many stores open (at nine).
Some decidedly non-crosswordese fill as well. 1A: Scores, as a victory, with "up" (chalks), 34A: Erie Canal city (Utica), 65A: Whodunit plot element (motive), 8D: Chop-chop (pronto), 9D: Embassy figures (envoys), 19D: Smooth, musically (legato), 42D: Points that may have rays (foci), 47D: Lab tubes (pipets)...great word...and 56D: Pillow filler (eider).
I couldn't for the life of me remember a single Clinton cabinet member...it's late, I'm tired, I have high blood pressure, whatever. Because of the crosses, though, I was able to get Reno at 21A.
I didn't know 20A: "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" writer (Stein). I may or may not remember it when I see it next.
Well, six a.m. will be here before I know it, so I'll wrap this up for tonight. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.