I'm having trouble getting my brain to engage. I solved the puzzle about three hours ago, then stretched out on the couch for a catnap before blogging. Turned out to be much more than a short snooze, and now I just want to crawl into bed.
So a very enjoyable puzzle is getting short shrift tonight.
The theme...ON AND OFF...appears in three long answers. Three very clever long answers.
20A: Cry from Santa (on Comet, on Cupid).
38A: Sporadic (on again off again).
52A: Some theater (off off Broadway).
In addition to what I thought were better-than-average theme answers, there was some better-than-average fill, including a couple of long entries:
11D: Locked up (behind bars). I managed to get this with very few letters in place...don't know how.
26D: Center of power (oval office). Reminds me of a scene from The American President, one of my favorite movies. Add it to your list if you haven't already seen it.
Chevrolet makes two appearances in today's puzzle. 19A: Chevy offering (Tahoe) and 18D: Classic Chevy offering (Impala). My parents bought a brand new Impala station wagon when I was in junior high school...the very first new car we'd ever owned. I remember my excitement as I told a friend that it was the first 1965 car we'd had...couldn't figure out why she was laughing. I knew what I meant.
I'm always happy to see references to Hawaii...24A: You can hear it coming and going (aloha)...and multiword answers:
17A: Scolding (talking to).
43A: Extremely (ever so).
60A: Not allowing for compromise (all or none)...my favorite of the bunch.
6D: Circus (Big Top).
35D: Grow impatient with (tire of).
I enjoyed seeing 40D: Personification (avatar)...as well as 54D: Modern writing (blog).
Other favorites include 9D: Dense (obtuse)...despite the fact that I kept seeing the clue as Denise, 21D: Wine order (carafe), 24D: Pipe tobacco has it (aroma), 29D: Disco-era suffix (a-go-go) and 33D: Ecclesiastical council (synod).
I had to dig deep into the recesses of my brain to remember 39D: Nancy Drew's guy (Ned). As I write this, I suddenly remembered his last name...Nickerson.
Needed crosses to get a few things I didn't know...36A: Scala of "The Guns of Navarone" (Gia), 45A: Bordeaux variety (Medoc), 63A: __Wintour, real-life editor on whom "The Devil Wears Prada" is based (Anna), 8D: Austrian painter Schiele (Egon), 25D: "What Is to Be Done/" pamphleteer, 1901 (Lenin), and 32D: "I Still See __" ("Paint Your Wagon" song) (Elisa).
45D: Greek peak (Mt. Ossa) is back after a long absence. Frequent clue [Literary monogram] appears at 13D...this time it's TSE.
Very much liked the tie-in of 57D: MCI and others (anni) and 58D: One of 57-Down, in English (year).
That's it for tonight. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.