Monday, January 21...Elaine's 20th birthday. It's hard to believe that our little girl has grown up. Happy Birthday, sweetie. We love you so much.
Today's theme...Win, Lose or Draw. I love the theme answers...all multiword answers and all good. Once I got the first one, the next two were gimmes.
17A: Triumph, but just barely (win by a nose).
38A: Fall off a beam, e.g. (lose one's balance).
61A: Momentarily forget (or get lucky in Scrabble?) (draw a blank). Clever clue.
This one was easy, even for a Monday. With very few exceptions, I just worked the acrosses...missing a lot of the down clues until I was finished.
There were only two nontheme multiword answers, but I liked both...3D: Led off (went first) and 35D: Sworn to tell the truth (under oath)...both were gimmes. Nice legal subtheme...32A: Legal wrong (tort), 8D: Thing, in legal briefs (res) and 29D: No longer worth debating (moot).
Favorite nonstandard fare includes 5A: Dopey or Doc (dwarf), 24A: False fronts (facades), 28A: Smug smiles (smirks), 46A: Marks that look like inverted v's (carets), 56A: Opposite of an intro, musically (coda), 5D: All soap operas, basically (dramas) and 10D: Popular newspaper puzzle subtitled "That Scrambled Word Game" (Jumble).
Also liked 1A: Lascivious (lewd)...both are great words, 10A: Say jokingly (jest), 19A: Hawaiian island (Maui)...of course, 27A: God, to Muslims (Allah), 48A: Pago Pago's locale (Samoa), 69A: Command to a steed (whoa), 1D: Home turf? (lawn), 4D: Amount of hair cream (dab), 12D: Finnish bath (sauna), 36D: Glaswegian, e.g. (Scot), 58D: Lifeguard, at times (saver) and 59D: Scandinavian furniture giant (Ikea).
I didn't know 41D: Swiss river (Aare) but was able to get it from crosses. Also didn't know that Erie [at 2D] is the [Shallowest Great Lake]...but it was easy enough to guess. I've seen 28D: Capital of Manche, France (St. Lo) clued many ways before...this was one of the down clues I didn't read until after I'd finished.
Others that I didn't see...but would have known...include 25D: Comic Johnson (Arte), 37D: Loch __ monster (Ness) and 63D: Actor Ayres (Lew).
That's it for tonight. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.