Words: 68 (missing J,Q,X,Z)
Good day and a salute to all Veterans. I did not recognize the constructor's name, but he has three puzzles under his LA Times belt, his last being two years ago. Today's offering was a smooth one, done in half my personal allotted time, with a lot of proper names that filled via perp(endiculars). Just one bad cel that I should have recognized as being wrong, but had to change to red-letters to find it. A hashtag pattern of 15-letter spanners and climbers, with 9- and 10-letter fills paired to them;
20. Unplanned acquisition : IMPULSE PURCHASE - that's why the candy is at the register
10. Dreaming, at times : WISHFUL THINKING - most people say "Eleven-eleven, make a wish~!" - I change it to 'say a prayer'
50. Litmus test for fun? : BARREL OF MONKEYS - here's a barrel that does not look like fun;
Note the forklift
4. Statement after an ordeal : "I COULD USE A DRINK" - this sometimes slips past my lips, even though I have been in a 12-step program for some 12+ years; good thing I read "24 Hours A Day" every morning; Nov 8th had this quote -Philippians 3:13~!
1. It sold its mobile phone business to Microsoft in 2014 : NOKIA - When I first read this, I thought it said mobile HOME business - and I thought "what would Microsoft need that for~?"
6. Econ. numbers : GDPs - Gross Domestic Product; I tried GNP, that which I learned way back in economics - the Gross National Product
10. Beverage sometimes boxed : WINE - oh yes it is~! In fact, it is rather popular among our clientele - we are down to the last of last year's supply in boxed wine.
15. Square calculation : AREA
16. Title type: Abbr. : ITAL - TYPE type I get, but Title type, not so much. It crossed "IT'S A SECRET", but mine started with "I'VE" - thus my bad cel
17. Serf of Sparta : HELOT - filled via perps, but now that I see it, I have heard the term before
18. Backstage accesses : VIP PASSES
22. Kylo's mom in "The Force Awakens" : LEIA - And Han is daddy - er, or, was - should I have called spoiler alert~!?
23. Hairdos made popular by Marie Antoinette : POUFS
24. Home to the National Gandhi Museum : NEW DELHI
28. Showing faith in : TRUE TO
31. Jesus on a diamond : ALOU - my first thought, but I waited; baseball reference
32. __ Linda, Calif. : LOMA - I'm East Coast - filled via perps
34. Metal giant : ALCOA
35. Kia subcompacts : RIOS - knew this
36. Smartphone downloads : SONGS
38. "Divergent" heroine __ Prior : TRIS - never heard of the novel/movie, so I didn't know this character;
sounds a little like "The Hunger Games", which I have read,
but only attempted to watch; I just don't care for the casting.
39. Trainee : CADET
41. Zoomed : TORE - SPED did not work
42. Prefix with ski or pad : HELI - heli'pad', yes, heli'ski' - not in my vernacular. I had to look it up - oh, now I recall the "spoRt", not the "spot"
43. John Williams quintet : OSCARS - I wanted VOWELS, but he's only got four (o,i,i,a), not five
45. Ones eating on the house? : TERMITES - cute. and clever.
47. "You've got __" : A DEAL
49. Novelist Hunter : EVAN
56. Judicious : ADVISABLE
57. "But wait! There's more!" knife : GINSU - "and if you act now, we'll throw in an additional set of knives for JUST the shipping and handling~!!!". Handling~? I don't recall getting any extra money for "handling" a Ginsu knife package....
58. Property attachment : LIEN - almost too easy for Saturday
59. Campus official : DEAN - same here
60. Tatted up : INKED - not for me, yet, but I have a design idea
61. Sting target : MARK - "The Sting" - great movie
62. USMC rank : SSGT - staff sergeant
63. New __ : AGERS
1. Radar's pop : NEHI - oh, duh, his soda pop, not his DAD pop
2. Where Utah's minor league Owlz play : OREM - four letters and Utah~? Try OREM
3. Wet forest growth : KELP - forest~? I just learned that "forest" is an underwater area with a high density of said kelp
5. Churchill's 1945 successor : ATTLEE
6. Cared : GAVE A HOOT
7. Worn-out washer result : DRIP - had my share at the restaurants; in fact, I think I have replaced every faucet in both places after four years of working at the locations
8. Invigorate : PEP-UP
9. Fungal disease affecting 40-Down : SAP ROT
11. "Shh! Don't tell anyone!" : "IT'S A SECRET~!"
12. Scottish resistance : NAEs
13. Otherwise : ELSE
19. Legend maker : ACURA - crossword foolery - this car
21. Spots for flowers : SILLS - delicate flowers~!
21. Spots for flowers : SILLS - delicate flowers~!
24. DEA employee : NARCO - I prefer "NARC" to the added "O"
25. Literature Nobelist Canetti : ELIAS
26. Geppetto, for one : WOODCARVER - I tried wood WORKER, which was a big help
27. "__ kidding!" : "I'M NOT..."
29. Decorative curtain fabric : TOILE
30. Source of relief : OASIS - I needed some serious relief yesterday; got sawdust in my eye, and I tolerated it for half the day - then I tried to drive, and that exacerbated the irritation like I could not believe
33. Accord : AGREEMENT - HONDA didn't fit (har-har)
37. Electronic control mechanism : SERVO - funny how a word is common, and can be used in conversation, but when you get right down to it, I could not tell you exactly what a servomechanism really was, so I went to Wiki; their example suggests that a power window control is not, but cruise-control is.
40. Pines, say : TREES - ah, this time, it's the noun, not the verb; 9d. should have clued me in
44. Menu heading : SALADS - ah, restaurants, not computers
46. Italian "Eat!" : "MANGIA~!" - my mom used to say this at dinner - and she is 100% English
48. Frontal and temporal : LOBES
50. Lip application : BALM
51. 1998 Sarah McLachlan hit : ADIA - vowel friendly crossword staple
52. Mark for attention : FLAG - Mark's a popular guy in the is crossword - see 61a.
53. Three-time speed skating gold medalist Karin : ENKE
54. 1914 battle river : YSER - I'm reading a book from Christopher Reich called "The Runner", set immediately after WWII, and he mentions the ISAR river; seems odd that a man named Reich would be writing about post-war Germany
55. Kegger quaff : SUDS - A quote from one of my favorite movies;
we have kegs of wine at Lieb, too