Theme: SHUFFLES AND CUTS THE DECK- Three different anagrams of DECK span across each theme answer.
18A With 57-Across, what a 37-Across does; also, as the circles show, what each answer containing them does : SHUFFLES AND
24A. Item that isn't on its regular hook : MISPLACED KEY
37A. Casino employee : BLACKJACK DEALER
48A. Prepared goodies for the fundraiser : BAKED COOKIES
57A. See 18-Across: CUTS THE DECK
Good morning or evening as the case may be. Remember, it's always morning somewhere. The puzzle was a bit difficult with some stretches to get something to fit. However, since I have never constructed a puzzle, I can only imagine how difficult it can be. "DECK" letters are integrated in several answers, and he got "BLACKJACK DEALER" to accomplish that. Quite a found.
I believe most casinos now refer to that game as "21". Here's hoping all have a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving holiday and an eventful "Black Friday !!"
1. "Rhoda" production co. : MTM - Initials of Mary Tyler Moore. She turned the world on with her smile, and Mary's statue is proudly displayed on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.
4. It may follow cries of "Bravo!" : ENCORE - I don't know about this. Bravo is usually after curtain calls at a play. Encore is "sing another song".
10. Brink : EDGE - Gillette shaving gel too.
14. Longtime coach Parseghian of Notre Dame : ARA - Extremely famous. Notre Dame has more followers than Minnesota has snow.
15. Chestnut horse : SORREL
16. Witnessed : SEEN
17. B.A. or B.S. : DEG - This is one of those needed fillers that is not a word but a made up abbreviation.
20. Alamo competitor : AVIS - I first thought of Davy Crockett. I only rent a car once a year and I don't use the expensive brands (or cars).
22. DDE's overseas command : ETO - European Theatre of Operations.
23. Racers in some Wii games : KARTS - I do not have a Wii, but I have ridden go karts. The best ones are at Wisconsin Dells.
28. Gear components : TEETH - You said a mouthful.
29. Assist : AID
30. Peace, to Pedro : PAZ - I think most of you know how I feel about foreign words in crosswords.
33. Say yes : AGREE
35. Journalist Curry : ANN
36. Warsaw native : POLE - I get it but I think "Minnesota fishing stick" might be a better clue for me.
41. The two : BOTH
42. Tolkien forest shepherd : ENT - ??? Never heard of the Tolkien Forest but I once worked at an ear nose and throat clinic.
43. In __: unborn : UTERO - I don't think I have ever heard or seen this word. But I am only 70, there's still time.
44. Stun : AWE - Aw shucks
45. "The A-Team" actor : MR T - I know crosswords like a lot of four letter words with three vowels, but they also like three letters with no vowels from the A-Team.
46. The "A" in James A. Garfield : ABRAM - I never knew this, however Garfield was president before I was born. I think we started paying attention to presidential middle names after Harry Truman did not have one, so he put an "S" between Harry and Truman.
52. Blotch : SMEAR
55. Former transp. regulator : ICC - Another three letter acronym for something. You know what I say - "LBJ took the IRT across the USA, what did he see? The youth of America on LSD."
56. Confident words : I CAN
61. Keogh plan rel. : IRA - This is a great service to everyone. But remember to take some and spend it when you are 70 1/2, or pay a penalty. (Good luck trying to find out how much you need to withdraw!)
62. Many : A LOT
63. Paradise : UTOPIA - This is a book by Sir Thomas More about a fictional island in the sun. I of course disagree, because there are no bowling centers or golf courses on this island.
64. Third-qtr. ender : SEP - or this could be a contribution to your IRA.
65. Actress Russo : RENE - One of my favorites from "Tin Cup"
66. Fireplace shelf : MANTEL - I wonder if this is where Mickey displays his MVP trophies
67. Goal line crossings: Abbr. : TDS - Ok - I have said enough
1. Start of a famous palindrome : MADAM - This word in itself is a palindrome, I think it refers to "Madam I'm Adam"
2. Eternal City fountain : TREVI
3. Legal administrator : MAGISTRATE - "ALL RISE" Rookie of the year
4. Difficult curve : ESS - Wonderful Lombard Street - San Francisco, California, USA.
5. Tenant's winter complaint : NO HEAT - Or The heat in Miami - "No LeBron".
6. Source of support : CRUTCH
7. "Friend __?": sentry's query : OR FOE
8. Slo-mo reviewer : REF - Or in hockey - the guy with the red stripe on his black and white shirt.
9. Pipe shape : ELL - Nope - the pipe is straight, the ell is a pipe fitting.
10. Composed piece : ESSAY
11. Expensive : DEAR - I may have clued " ___ Abby" and those of us over 40 would have gotten it right away. Did you know --? Abby Van Buren whose real name was Pauline Philips has a grandson, Dean Phillips who is running for third district congressman in Minnesota.
12. Bloke : GENT
13. Fades to black : ENDS
19. __ out a win : EKED - A good verb for the Vikings in the nation's capital last Sunday.
21. The State of the Union, for one : SPEECH
25. Onionlike veggie : LEEK - I have never had one. How do they taste?
26. Moist and chilly : DANK - This is one of those crossword words. Does anyone ever say "dank". "Do you want to go for a walk ?" "No, it's too dank". "What's the weather forecast?" "Cloudy and dank."
27. Nice : KIND
30. One drawn to controversy : POLEMICIST - I thought this was a guy that did the vault in the Olympics.
31. Oriole or Jay : ALER - Sorry, never heard of this.
32. MapMyWalk starting point : ZERO - Beetle Bailey's Pal
33. "Waterloo" band : ABBA
34. Healthy look : GLOW
35. Pretend : ACT
36. Former New York governor George : PATAKI - Anyone who watches "Law & Order" reruns will have no problem with this one.
38. Weightlifting move : JERK - Yes it is.
39. Start a pot : ANTE - I wonder how many times this word has appeared in crosswords. (And it doesn't even have three vowels.)
40. German capital : EURO - I guess capital is money, but why be so tricky?
45. Retail outlet : MART
46. Say yes : ACCEPT
47. Italian lawn bowling : BOCCIE - I played Boccie ball as a kid, but I did not know how to spell it. Now I do.
48. Keep moist, in a way : BASTE - Thanksgiving Day is coming. Keep that baster handy.
49. "What I __ My Summer Vacation": school essay : DID ON
50. Like some seals : EARED - I Like some Mousketeer hats better
51. Spells, as of cold weather : SNAPS - How about some warm Ginger cookies
52. Emotional mark : SCAR
53. Beast of burden : MULE - 20 of them are on a team of Borax.
54. Thames academy : ETON
58. Run smoothly : HUM
59. LAX announcement : ETA
60. __ Kan pet food : KAL