Theme: An Exercise - XXXXL, four phrases hiding an XL in the middle. First, the unifier.
62A. Size whose letters are hidden in the answers to starred clues : EXTRA LARGE
Then two across and two down.
17A. *Magnifying glass, e.g. : CONVEX LENS
38A. *Benefit of an unsuccessful stock trade, at filing time : TAX LOSS
11D. *From the library of, in Latin : EX LIBRIS
37D. *Construction worker's meal : BOX LUNCH
Argyle here. A sizable exercise for a Monday but very doable. Geoffrey debut was back in February. This grid is more of a pinwheel layout; 10's and 8's w/ a 7 letter center.
1. Dr. Frankenstein's helper : IGOR. Let's go, indeed.
5. Use a loom : WEAVE
10. Diner handout : MENU
14. Factual : TRUE
15. Big name in kitchen foil : ALCOA
16. Wood choppers : AXES. George Washington did not have wood choppers.
19. Honorary law degs. : LLD's. Doctor of Laws.
20. Ad __ committee : HOC
21. Seamen's agreements : AYEs
22. Bigfoot cousin : YETI
24. Chris who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles : EVERT. Wow! Wooden rackets and no grunts.
26. Not a risky wager : SAFE BET
29. Absolute ruler : DESPOT
31. Parade percussion instrument : BASS DRUM. XL bass drum.
32. Art aficionado's hangout : MUSEUM
34. Filly's father : SIRE
35. Old CIA rival : KGB
41. Michael Douglas, to Kirk : SON. At a black tie affair, Image.
42. Winged archer : EROS
44. Dry red wine : CLARET
46. Cotton, wool, etc. : TEXTILES
49. The Okefenokee and others : SWAMPS. Geography lesson.
53. Popular painkiller : TYLENOL
54. African virus : EBOLA
55. Part of USC: Abbr. : UNIV. University of Southern California.
56. Liquidate : SELL
59. Put the cuffs on : NAB
60. Band of outlaws : GANG
65. Walk to and fro : PACE
66. Paper purchases : REAMS
67. Transfer from pitcher to glass : POUR
68. Humorist Mort : SAHL. Still going, web site.
69. Span. girls : SRTA's. (Señoritas)
70. Golfer's pocketful : TEEs
1. Made you scratch : ITCHED
2. Phonograph record feature : GROOVE. How many grooves on a record?
3. Pound segments : OUNCES
4. Test, as an engine : REV
5. Like fake fruit : WAXY
6. Glamour rival : ELLE. (magazines)
7. High cards : ACES
8. Otto __ Bismarck : VON. Wiki article.
9. Piece-of-cake school courses : EASY A's
10. Ice-creamy drinks : MALTEDS. Haven't had one in years; I'll take care of that today.
12. Homer's neighbor : NED
13. Navy ship letters : USS
18. Enjoy Red Lobster, say : EAT OUT
23. Abysmal grades : EFs. Is it better to drop a course and get an I(Incomplete) rather than an F?
25. Turning speed: Abbr. : RPM. (revolutions per minute)
26. South Pacific island nation : SAMOA
27. Continental coin : EURO
28. Feds under Ness : T-MEN
30. Airport safety org. : TSA. (transportation security administration)
31. Chicago cagers : BULLS
33. Perform at the top of one's game : EXCEL
35. Etta of old comics : KETT 36. Writer Zane : GREY 40. "Black Beauty" author Anna : SEWELL 43. Manager Casey : STENGEL. A string of old proper names.
39. Next yr.'s alums : SR's
45. Filing aid : TAB
47. Ristorante suffix : INI. Menu offerings ending in INI? Not that many, really.
48. Aficionados : LOVERS. Of an object, not each other.
50. President with a doctrine : MONROE. An attempt to keep the Old World out of the New World.
51. Bubonic __ : PLAGUE
52. Curved swords : SABERS
56. ER doc's "Right away!" : "STAT!"
57. Columnist Bombeck : ERMA
58. Girl : LASS
60. Loc.-finding tool : GPS. (global positioning system)
61. Little battery : AAA
63. Gen-__: boomer's kid, probably : Xer
64. Spot-on : APT
Looking back over the puzzle now, it seems a little dated.
Note from C.C.:
Note from C.C.:
Today is Argyle's 300th LA Times write-up for us. Off the blog, he's my trusted sounding board for theme ideas and always gives me constructive feedback and advice on various issues. Thanks for being there, Santa!