Theme: Eco-Puzzle - Sort out the letters found in the circles to get three main recycling components.
20A. Three Stooges movie, e.g.: SLAPSTICK FILM. Plastic.
25A. Induction cooktop alternative: NATURAL GAS STOVE. Glass.
47A. Fluffy dessert: CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. Metal.
53A. Eco-friendly request ... and a hint to sorting out the aptly circled letters: PLEASE RECYCLE
Argyle here with a new guy. Two grid spanning entries. Some new stuff but a lot of recycled crosswordese. Andrew, if I have found the right one, was a student at North Dakota State University and has been making crossword puzzles for some time. A good debut.
1. Like dorms for both men and women: CO-ED
5. Military sch.: ACAD. (academy)
9. Fall in folds: DRAPE
14. Chomp: BITE
15. Swimmer's path: LANE
16. More cold and wet, weatherwise: RAWER. This coming week's weather.
17. Serb or Croat: SLAV
18. "Liberal" pursuits: ARTS
19. Can't stop loving: ADORE
23. Michigan or Mead: LAKE
24. Update from a pilot, for short: ETA. (estimated time of arrival)
33. Double-reed woodwinds: OBOEs
34. "What did you say?": "HUH?". "The oboes were too loud."
35. Key with one sharp: Abbr.: E-MIN
36. Light brown: TAN
37. Driver's license test: EYE EXAM
41. Post-OR area: ICU. (intensive care unit)
42. Three-pronged Greek letters: PSIs
44. Buffet table coffee server: URN
45. River mammal: OTTER
51. Eisenhower's nickname: IKE
52. Hip '60s Brits: MODS
59. Vonnegut literary device: IRONY. Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction.
60. Enterprise captain born 3/22/2233: KIRK. Star Trek (no relation to Penny.)
61. Puts on TV: AIRS
63. Low card: DEUCE
64. Lawn border: EDGE
65. Finger or toe part: NAIL
66. Chose (to): OPTED
67. Evidence of ownership: DEED
68. Community org. known by its first letter: YMCA. (Young Men's Christian Association)
1. "Kevin Can Wait" network: CBS. I've never watched it. Is there a reason the title seems to be a riff on "Heaven Can Wait", the Warren Beatty film?
2. Lubricates: OILS
3. Bibliography list shortener: Abbr.: ET AL.
4. Reduce monetarily: DEVALUE
5. Denali National Park state: ALASKA
6. Price-fixing syndicate: CARTEL
7. Against: ANTI
8. Fam. tree member: DESC. (descendant)
9. NFL player selection events: DRAFTS
10. Give off: RADIATE
11. GI on the run: AWOL. Still on the lam!
12. Curly salon job: PERM
13. Before, in verse: ERE
21. Analyze grammatically: PARSE
22. One-named "We R Who We R" singer: KESHA. (Ke$ha)
25. Offensive to some, for short: NOT PC
26. Embarrass: ABASH
27. "Pagliacci" clown: TONIO
28. Treaty of __: War of 1812 ender: GHENT. Sure got our share of history today.
29. "La Cage __ Folles": AUX
30. Fails to include: OMITS
31. Bad habits: VICES
32. Accustom (to): ENURE
38. Winter holidays: YULES
39. __ of Good Feelings: ERA. The Era of Good Feelings marked a period in the political history of the US that reflected a sense of national purpose and a desire for unity among Americans in the aftermath of the War of 1812.
40. In a funk: MOODY
43. Bill Nye's field: SCIENCE. What a guy!
46. Florence's region: TUSCANY
48. Approved: OKAYED
49. Come to light: EMERGE
50. Made fun of: MOCKED
53. Practice for the GMAT, e.g.: PREP. GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test.
54. Ill-mannered sort: LOUT
55. Struggled to make, with "out": EKED
56. Taxi trip: RIDE
57. Neeson of "Kinsey": LIAM. 2004 biographical film.
58. Idle of Monty Python: ERIC
59. Wedding vow words: I DO
62. Patty Hearst's abductors: Abbr.: SLA. (Symbionese Liberation Army)