When I saw Trip Payne's name on the byline, I knew I was in some serious trouble. I've never finished one of Trip's puzzles without some help from Dogpile...this makes one more.
This afternoon was absolutely crazy at work. As a result, I'm beat. While this puzzle was tough, it also had some incredibly good fill...and I hate to give it short shrift. So, I'll forego the pictures and see if I can cover the best of it.
Starting with the multiword answers:
14A: Suddenly (all at once)
16A: Steely Dan hit of 1972 (Do It Again). Such a great song...here it is, with some cool graphics.
21A: __ clue (get a). I had not a.
30A: Molière comedy (The Miser).
35A: Properly filed (in order)...initially read that as properly filled.
49A: Classic mystical book by Khalil Gibran (The Prophet). That brings back some old memories. Here's my favorite.
55A: Gulf of Taranto's locale (Ionian Sea).
61A: Have as an appetizer (start with).
12D: Not randomly arranged (in a series).
33D: Be a big success (go far).
That's not to say that I immediately got all of those. Only Do it Again and The Prophet were gimmes...although I got the others (eventually) with crosses.
In addition to multiwords, other fabulous fill included:
1A: Drawing power (magnetism)...great clue besides.
19A: Cunning (sneakiness). I have trouble seeing those two as meaning the same thing. Cunning implies a certain degree of cleverness is involved...sneakiness implies slime.
34A: Filled treat (pierogi). I had a friend whose grandmother made these. It was in the late sixties, but I still remember them.
38A: "Moon Over Parador" star, 1988 (Dreyfuss). Didn't see it, but I sure have liked him in everything I have seen.
44A: "Divine" showbiz nickname (Miss M). Okay, one picture.
9D: Where the wild things are? (menagerie).
11D: Pilgrims leave them (homelands). One word or two?
22D: Earth, en español (tierra).
30D: Beach house arrangement, perhaps (timeshare). Nice to have, especially with the flexibility of a points system. We've sure enjoyed ours.
31D: No longer gloomy (heartened).
32D: Rotary motions (sidespins).
There were quite a few things I didn't know. Some I got from crosses...some from Dogpile.
17A: Villain in the Book of Esther (Haman).
28A: Six-time All-Star third baseman of the 1970s Dodgers (Cey).
37A: "Cooking With Astrology" author (Omarr).
54A: Asian title (Ranee).
58A: Echo, e.g., in Greek myth (Oread).
60A: __ Atomic Dustbin (English rock band) (Ned's).
5D: __ Carinae (hypergiant star) (Eta).
10D: Detective in "The Shanghai Cobra" (Chan). I probably should have known that.
15D: "The Amazing Race" host Keoghan (Phil). Is that the show where people fly (drive, swim, etc.) all over the place to solve some kind of riddle...and win big bucks for doing it?
29D: "Ode to Broken Things" poet (Neruda).
47D: Egypt's Mubarak (Hosni).
Also didn't know 18A: T formation participant (end)...damn sports clues or 52A: Brood : chicken : : parliament : __ (owl). Sometimes you need those short answers to get a corner to make sense.
A couple of old TV friends are back...24A: Georgia __ of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (Engel) and 44D: TV star who said "Stop gabbin' and get me some oats!" (Mr. Ed).
That's it for tonight. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.