Stella Daily and Bruce Venzke team up again for today's puzzle. Unless they had one during my short-lived sabbatical, their last joint venture was the soap puzzle a few months ago.
Today's theme answers all end with words that rhyme:
20A: Tourism bureau's offering (welcome packet).
28A: It's swung at Wimbledon (tennis racket).
48A: Pesky wasp (yellow jacket).
58A: It helps determine how much tax you owe the I.R.S. (income bracket).
In addition to theme answers, there were a couple of good long ones...11D: Become acquainted with (get to know) and 34D: Noted performing arts school (Juilliard). In a recent post, Harris at water and waves mentioned a book called "The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music" by Steve Lopez. It's a story about a former Juilliard student who ends up homeless because of mental illness...definitely at the top of my must-read-soon list.
1A: Meat featured in a Monty Python musical title (SPAM).
9: Popeye's creator E. C. __ (Segar).
16A: Singer Cara (Irene).
17A: Difficult burden (onus).
36A: 1983 Barbra Streisand title role (Yentl)...it's appearing often enough that it should be a gimme for most.
37A: Notes in a poker pot (IOUs).
54A: Clears an Etch A Sketch, e.g. (erases)...had shakes at first.
64A: Venus de __ (Milo).
66A: Airs, in Latin (aurae).
1D: Vermont ski town (Stowe).
4D: Yale's bulldog, e.g. (mascot).
5D: Small amount of cash saved for an emergency (mad money). My mad money stash is only used for emergencies...you know, when I'm badly in need of a pedicure or other pampering.
9D: Time off from work with pay (sick day). I hope I don't have to take one tomorrow. I've spent the day in bed, sleeping on the couch, and reading in the big chair...I don't feel as achy but I'm still coughing.
27D: Canonized fifth-century pope (St. Leo). If we're looking at a canonized pope, it has to start with ST...and I don't know of any other three-letter popes.
41D: Become established (take root).
44D: Targets of Raid (roaches). Not a favorite word at all...I don't know why I feel compelled to include it. Definitely not an answer that gets a picture. Ick.
51D: Bit of strategy (tactic).
55D: Smidgen (skosh)...I've always liked both words.
61D: Unidentifiable mass (blob)...brings to memory the old Steve McQueen film of the same name. Now that was some good acting.
I just read through some down clues that I completely missed. 22D: Mercury or Saturn, but not Venus (car), 30D: Classic toothpaste brand (Ipana), 38D: "My gal" of song (Sal) and 60D: Country whose name is an anagram of 10-Down (Eire / Erie).
That's it for today. Here's the grid...
...and I'll see you tomorrow.