Steve Salmon's puzzle didn't seem very Tuesday-ish to me. Admittedly, I was trying to solve it while carrying on a conversation with Leslie and Candy, but I got really hung up in one corner...more about that later.
The theme answers are pairs of homonyms (or are they homophones?) clued in punny and/or amusing ways.
18A: Blasé group of directors? (bored board).
62A: Lovely hotel accommodations? (sweet suite).
3D: Farm-grown labyrinth? (maize maze). This was the first theme answer to fall. It was uphill from then on as to the remaining theme answers.
7D: Wake at dawn? (morning mourning). Aah, a wake. I get it now.
10D: Pit in its entirety? (whole hole).
33D: Mooing group of cattle? (heard herd).
37D: Key passage? (isle aisle). Another one I didn't understand until just this minute.
There were a few answers that just didn't feel Tuesday level. Things I didn't know include:
5A: Fiesta Bowl site (Tempe). I'm sure many of you knew that one...I know Rose Bowl and Aloha Bowl.
34A: "Pomp and Circumstance" composer (Elgar). I had everything but the L...and 30D: Hebrew leader? (Alef) was no help. Is that a Hebrew letter?
45A: "Lohengrin" lass (Elsa). Guessed it, but didn't know it.
55A: Exclude (debar). Huh?
2D: Arsenic or antimony (semimetal). I know arsenic as a poison...didn't know it was a semimetal. For that matter, I didn't know semimetals existed. Candy knew that and confirmed it. She also knew 68A: Refinery waste (slag). Candy is a science major...that may not be necessary for that knowledge, but it sure didn't hurt.
52D: Actor Cary of "Twister" (Elwes). Sorry...never heard of him.
I was thrown briefly by 12D: Lew who played Dr. Kildare. I only know Richard Chamberlain as Dr. Kildare and never realized it was a movie before it was a series. The upside was the name Lew Ayres came to mind quickly.
The southeast corner killed me...on a Tuesday! My downfall was 71A: Partners of haws. For some ridiculous reason, I had hees rather than hems...I must have been thinking of these guys. Anyway, there was no way I was getting an answer for 38D: Light in a light show...which turned out to be laser beam.
There were a few words that I especially liked seeing in the grid...20A: 5, 7, 9, etc., for juniors' dresses (sizes), 44A: Under way (afoot), 8D: Primp (preen), 25D: Film material (acetate) and 27D: Kind of artery (carotid).
That's it for tonight. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.