Theme: Progression - The second word starts with the letter 'P' followed by a phonetic long vowel (A to U) progression & L.
17A. Lost color in one's cheeks : TURNED PALE
26A. Bartender's twist : LEMON PEEL
38A. Stack of unsolicited manuscripts : SLUSH PILE. (learning moment)
53A. Tribal carving : TOTEM POLE
63A. It may be filled with a garden hose : KIDDIE POOL
Argyle here with our fearless leader's Tuesday puzzle. Enjoy those verts in the corners. You might say C.C. is becoming a "corner" specialist.
1. Soccer officials : REFs
5. "You __ dead!": "I'm telling mom!" : ARE SO. 15A. "No way!" : "NEVER!". 11D. Terse critical appraisal : "I HATE IT!". Or could be clued, "Teen critical appraisal of everything"
10. Location : SITE
14. Berry in healthy smoothies : ACAI
16. Jazz classic "Take __ Train" : THE 'A'
19. Greasy spoon grub : [EATS]
20. Hit hard : RAM
21. Like blue hair : DYED
22. "Faust" dramatist : GOETHE. Faust is the guy who sold his soul to the Devil.
24. Fred's dancing sister : ADELE
28. Beer to drink on Cinco de Mayo : CORONA
30. Four quarters : ONE
31. Tax agcy. : IRS
32. Archaic "once" : ERST
33. Talk show pioneer Jack : PAAR
36. Residential bldg. units : APT's
41. Bush secretary of labor Elaine : CHAO. Short bio.
43. Madeline of "Blazing Saddles" : KAHN. Here she does a routine with George Burns.
44. Emails the wrong person, say : ERRS
48. U.S./Canada's __ Canals : SOO. The name, Soo, is shortened and anglicized for the two cities named Sault Ste. Marie, in Ontario and in Michigan. Sault either means "jump" or "rapids" in French.
49. Sunrise direction, in Köln : OST. German town also known as Cologne.
51. Buyer's "beware" : CAVEAT. Caveat emptor ("let the buyer beware") (Important to someone who goes to flea markets.) ;-)
57. Go : LEAVE
58. City on the Rio Grande : EL PASO. Home of the UTEP Miners.
59. Feed the kitty : ANTE. Poker.
62. Even-handed : FAIR
66. Helsinki resident : FINN
67. Actress Burstyn : ELLEN
68. Hip-swiveling dance : HULA
69. Vexes : IRKS
70. Extremely poor : NEEDY
71. Ruin Bond's martini : STIR. James prefers them shaken.
1. Daily grind : RAT RACE
2. Besides Chile, the only South American country that doesn't border Brazil : ECUADOR
3. __ market : FARMER'S. Limited selection in the spring.
4. Break a Commandment : SIN. Moi?
5. "Toy Story" boy : ANDY
6. Fend off : REPEL
7. Dance around : EVADE
8. Somme salt : SEL. Somme is a department of France, located in the north of the country and is part of the Picardy region.
9. Where Nike headquarters is : OREGON. Beaverton, OR, seven miles west of Portland.
10. Considerable, as discounts : STEEP
12. Ties to a post, as a horse : TETHERS. I can't picture a cowpoke actually using the word though.
13. Art gallery props : EASELS
18. Delightful spot : EDEN
23. "Paper Moon" Oscar winner Tatum : O'NEAL. She was ten when she won.
25. Many, informally : LOTSA
27. Change from vampire to bat, say : MORPH
29. Kwik-E-Mart owner on "The Simpsons" : APU
34. Extend an invitation for : ASK TO
35. "I knew it!" : "AHA!"
37. Thorn in one's side : PEEVE. Used as a noun here.
39. Appears strikingly on the horizon : LOOMS
40. Co. letterhead abbr. : INC. (incorporated)
41. Welcome summer forecast : COOL AIR
42. Noticeable lipstick color : HOT PINK. Cute pairing of 'cool' and 'hot'.
45. Come down hard on : REAM OUT
46. Filled pasta : RAVIOLI
47. Top-notch : STELLAR
48. Golden Slam winner Graf : STEFFI. (tennis)
50. Said : SPOKEN
52. Away from the wind : ALEE
54. Takes home : EARNS
55. Punch bowl spoon : LADLE
56. Over and done : ENDED
60. Hard to see : TINY
64. French landmass : ÎLE
65. Acidity nos. : PH's. A scale of 0 to 14, where less than 7 represents acidity, 7 neutrality, and more than 7 alkalinity.
Note from C.C.:
Happy 85th Birthday to dear Dot! And a belated Happy 99th Birthday to her husband Irv!