Lettuce begin with a discussion of today's theme. Each clue is addressing a salad type by way of an actor's last name. LEEJCOBB is not a name that gets tossed around much these days, so I had a little trouble with that one (more on that below), but SIDCAESAR and ORSONBEAN were not rocket science. Never having seen "Road Trip," I first entered benGREEN, but I quickly had cause to vinaigrette that one. The clue I found most nice was 34A. Passing mention OBIT. And if you think the structure of the previous sentence is a bit tortured, it was necessary. I had to squeeze in another salad-related Bon MOT.
I enjoyed ATOMIZE (Reduce to particles), Sponge (MOOCHER), Behave (COMPORT), SERE (Bone-dry), and SPASTIC (Moving jerkily), but I was not making any sounds of satisfaction when completing 37D. Winnebago owner, briefly (RVER), Asian electronics giant (NEC), "Breaking Bad" network (AMC). or when typing NAT, TRI, and AKC in the south east.
Today's 1A clue and answer were cute (Pop fan? MOM). Especially excellent when it's a three-letter slot and the apparently significant temptation is to fill such slots with abbreviations.
The answers in the north east struck me as a rather tortured group: ABBACY (valid but awfully rare for a Tuesday), COINOPS (for the machines themselves), AEROBAT (where does he do his laundry?), all sitting on top of the troublesome LEEJCOBB.
Not much Huygens material today except NAKED. The clue was "In the buff," but how about "Undressed" to go with today's theme?