Capital idea for today's theme! I loved the PR travel slogans clues incorporating the state seats of government. If I had Topeka favorite, it would be the first one, "Explore Alaska! It's MORETHANJUNEAU!" Ha! It works on so many levels. 50A. "I was afraid to ski, but in New Hampshire I CONCORDMYFEARS!" also entertains.
I was Salem right through the puzzle at first. Things got a Little Rock-y for me when I entered Loo for LAV, but I managed to Phoenix that pretty quickly. I also had a Helena time with the first letter of VIJAYSINGH's name - damn sports references! It must be a Boise thing.
Clues and answers I Raleigh liked include:
11A. Fixer at a horse race? (VET)
57A. Belted one out of this world (ORION)
6D. Green party honoree, briefly (STPAT)
1D. Finally hit the books (CRAM)
30D. What drones collect (INTEL)
56D. Baby sitter? (LAP) - Now that's a Honolulu!
63A. And who doesn't like more than one red-jacketed cheese (EDAMS)?
A RIGArous review must mention possible improvements. While nothing was totally a-Bismarck, but there were some answers that certainly won't win any Cheyenne stars: ENTO, AMAJ, HOER, and ALTI. I'm sure if Mr. Koetters had it to D'over, he would make more of a Frankfort in those few areas.
Overall, though, ACES!