Ken Bessette gets bonus points for this puzzle. Not just a cleverly executed theme...but the letter Z appears twice in one word. 26A: Victoria Falls river (Zambezi). That's even better than Zamboni.
The theme is revealed at 40A: Kind of exam, with a hint to the answers to the four starred clues (midterm). Each of the theme answers has term hidden in the middle of it.
17A: *Myopic cartoon fellow (Mister Magoo).
65A: *Popular tune around Halloween (Monster Mash).
11D: *Plan hatcher (mastermind).
30D: *Some ticket issuers (metermaids)...I'd have clued it [Like lovely Rita and others].
Tonight was quilting group, so I got a very late start on this. I have a 7:30 meeting tomorrow morning, so that means this will be a Q & D.
Favorite answers include 1A: Like a cold fish (aloof), 47A: Former Disney chief Michael (Eisner), pictured at left...with the same clue at 12D: for Michael Ovitz, 49A: Home of the Scarlet Knights (Rutgers), 53A: Soft, colorful candy (gumdrop), 55A: "__ Flux" (Charlize Theron film) (Aeon), 58A: __ de vie (brandies) (eaux), 34D: Dog from Down Under (dingo), 38D: "Show Boat" composer (Kern),and 53D: Crystal-lined rock (geode).
The very best clue in the puzzle...36A: One way to run (amok).
Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.