That was some fourth quarter! Even when my favorite team isn't playing, that's the kind of Super Bowl I want to watch.
I searched for a picture of the final touchdown but couldn't find one...this was the best I could do. The Giants recovered from this mishap in the 21A: Touchdown destination (end zone)...and put an end to New England's perfect season.
I enjoyed the halftime show...Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were great. The commercials...not so great.
Newlyweds Dave and Tracy Mackey put their heads together to come up with several ways to say, "See you again!" -- the clue for the three theme answers:
17A...Don't be a stranger!
37A...Drop in any time!
59A...Y'all come back now!
The puzzle had its share of crosswordese, but there was plenty of fresh fill to balance things out.
The standard fare includes 25A: Tricky curves (esses), 27A: Bud's partner in comedy (Lou), 50A: In the style of (a la), 5D: Steamed (ired), 12D: Dictation takers (stenos), 23D: Just slightly (a tad), 30D: Stir up (roil), 33D: Fitting (apt), 40D: Chapters in history (eras), 43D: Austin Powers, e.g. (spy)...Green Genius will be happy that they left Mata Hari alone this time, 62D: Tolkien creature (Orc) and 63D: F.D.R. initiative (WPA).
And the good stuff:
14A: "Star Wars" princess (Leia). I always forget how to spell her name, so I needed a couple of downs to help with that one. Luckily, I knew 3D: The Reds, on scoreboards (CIN) and 4D: Words on a Wonderland cake (Eat Me).
15A: Dated yet trendy (retro). Good clue.
20A: Longtime CBS and NBC newsman Roger (Mudd). I imagine he grew tired of hearing that his name would be Mudd if he didn't do...whatever.
29A: __ B'rith (B'nai).
31A: "Veni, vidi, vici" speaker (Caesar).
55A: The dole (welfare).
69A: Where "you can do whatever you feel," in a hit 1978 song (YMCA). There were words to that?
8D: Kind of well (Artesian).
11D: Country north of Namibia (Angola).
26D: "Nobody doesn't like" her, in a slogan (Sara Lee).
38D: Duke or earl (nobleman).
45D: Clinton cabinet member Hazel (O'Leary).
48D: Weather map line (isobar). That's a word I learned from crossword puzzles.
56D: A polar bear might be found on one (floe).
There were a couple of things I didn't know...got them from crosses. 57A: Chief Norse deity (Odin)...I know my Greek gods...and 67A: Former Cub __ Sandberg (Ryne).
That's it for this one. It's been a long day, and I'm ready to crash. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.