When I told Dooley to let me sleep in this morning, I meant 7:00...not 9:00. I enjoy the time spent alone, drinking coffee and watching the birds...although blogging takes the place of birdwatching during tax season.
Don's also awake and now I'm all fouled up. While he's doing his morning warm-ups and stretches, I'll post something...then you can post your comments and discuss the puzzle if you'd like.
...and you did!
I had more than a few gimmes but still didn't get a good toe-hold...14A: Warm up, as leftovers (reheat), 19A: Look at a Playboy Club? (leer), 22A: Big name in sportswear (Izod), 34A: Long rides? (limos), 48A: Platters' platters players (Hi-Fi's)...I don't usually use an apostrophe to indicate a plural, but it just looks wrong otherwise), 66A: Having one's feet up, say (at ease)...although I could just have easily gone with at rest, so maybe that's more of a lucky guess, 2D: Love all (zero zero), 3D: Simon & Garfunkel hit after "Mrs. Robinson" (The Boxer)...sorry, Wendy, 4D: Affirmative action letters (EEO), 7D: Adolphe with an instrument named after him (sax), 12D: Certain diet restriction (no salt)...although I toyed with low fat and 39D: Father-and-son comedic actors (Stillers).
If I hadn't consulted with Dogpile to get some of the unknowns, I'd still be solving. They include:
29A: Fiat headquarters (Turin)...originally read it as flat headquarters...not that I would have known it anyway.
46A: "Dead Souls" novelist (Gogol).
58A: Univ. of __, alma mater of Joe Namath and Bart Starr (Ala.)
64A: Sportscaster with the catchphrase "Oh, my!" (Enberg).
23D: Actress Mazar and others (Debis). I have no clue who she is.
52D: Title role for Maria Callas in her only film (Medea).
62D: __ Lyman & His California Orchestra, popular 1920s-'40s band (Abe). Definitely a Saturday clue.
I ended up with Orient Express for 36A, clued as [See 15-Down]...then had to use Dogpile for the related 15D: Noted 36-Across passenger (Hercule Poirot). I remembered his last name but not his first. I don't think I'll forget it again.
This isn't a pangram, but there's a nice assortment of letters, some pretty Scrabbly. No Q or K, but V and Z appear twice...and X is in the grid three times, although it seemed like a lot more with the good crosses, including 27A: Battlers, at times (sexes)...fun card game, by the way and 25D: Rabbit food? (Trix).
The clue that threw me the most was 37D: Water towers? (tugs)...unless you read a long O in the second word, you were probably equally confused. Once I finally did, though, I wrote jugs, used by women in Biblical times to carry water.
I was totally lost (understandably) at 21A: 1993 rap hit with the repeated lyric "Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yay" (Dre Day). Unfortunately, Dogpile brought up the lyrics...which were way too disgusting for me. I have used every word in the song...just not that many times in a sentence, and certainly not in that context. Maybe I'm just getting old.
I also didn't know 26A: Role in a Tchaikovsky ballet (Odile) but I must have gotten it from the crosses without even realizing it. Maybe someone can explain why I think her name is Odette. Is that her name when she's a swan?
Also didn't know but got from crosses 1A: Mesoamericans of old (Aztecs), 7A: Mekong River sights (sampans), 17A: Embassy issue? (exit visa), 51A: Gulf of __, body of water next to Viet Nam (Siam), 56A: Jim Beam and others (ryes)...I'm only familiar with their bourbon, 9D: New York City transportation option (Metro North) and 28D: Christmas song favorite since 1949 (Sleigh Ride).
Loved the cluing for 15A: Freak out (have a cow)...even if the answer reminds me of this guy, 59A: Infer (read into), 63A: Put on the line, perhaps (aired out), 38D: Refuge (safe area) and 45D: What a game plan leads to? (safari).
I also liked the cluing for 42D: Comparatively bulky (as large), as well as the similarly clued 65A: Superlatively derogatory (snidest).
I was only slightly confused by 55D: Mercury-Atlas 5 rider (Enos). I thought initially we were talking about tires...sounded like a good name for them. But this little guy is much cuter than tires.
Today's my no-driving day. I am just loving this (so do the dogs) and highly recommend it to anyone who can pull it off. Even once a month helps cut down pollution, and it's so refreshing...maybe even decadent...to stay in my pajamas all day when I'm not sick!
Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.