It was tough going to work today...I was really spoiled by two 4-day weekends in a row. I had hoped for a fun Tuesday puzzle, and I wasn't disappointed.
Three of the theme answers are clued identically...What you really saw? The three theme answers are:
20A (meteor shower)
28A (weather balloon)
46A (cloud formation).
The theme wraps up with 52A: What you thought you saw (flying saucer).
A fun puzzle, with some interesting nontheme fill.
1A: Desktop folder, e.g. (icon).
9A: William of __, known for his "razor" (Occam). If you're not familiar with him, or with the expression that bears his name, you can read about them here.
15A: Rock's Mötley __ (Crüe).
16A: He didn't give a damn (Rhett). Frankly, my dear...
36A: Z's (shuteye). That took longer to get than I'd like to admit.
58A: Tiny hairs (cilia)...but that one was a gimme.
65A: Raison d'__ (être).
67A: Abominable Snowman (Yeti). He looks pretty harmless to me. Is he giving us a peace sign?
3D: End piece? (obit). Clever clue.
6D: Defoe castaway (Crusoe).
9D: Big Brother's creator (Orwell). I haven't read 1984...should probably add it to my list for 2008.
21D: Hall's singing partner (Oates). Kiss on my List was my favorite, followed by Maneater and I Can't Go For That.
25D: With 13-Down, Pa. range (Pocono/Mts). Better known as simply the Poconos, it's a beautiful place...and a popular honeymoon destination.
28D: Part of a nun's habit (wimple). This was lodged in the back of my mind, and I really had to coax it out. The unknown cross at 35A: Co. that owns Parlophone records (EMI) was no help.
49D: St. Francis's home (Assisi). That's getting to be a fairly common answer...I've seen it more than once.
56D: Poet Pound (Ezra).
Other than EMI, the only other total unknown was 61A: "Scarface" star, 1932 (Muni). I can't believe I've never even heard the name. Here's more information on him for anyone who's interested.
I've got a 7:30 meeting, so it's time to wrap things up. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.