Ahem, ahem, is this thing on??? Frannie here, commenting on New York Times Crossword Puzzle 20130325. At first, the acrosses in this puzzle nearly KILT me. But, after I met up with a few CLUES that were real RUMS, I became unBLOCked. ATNO time, did I think I wouldn't finish, but, at first, I failed to meet my personal QUOTA of easy answers for a Monday puzzle. But, once I got to KANGAROOCOURT, I said to myself, IMONAROLL and I sank the rest of them like HOOKSHOTS into a five foot basket. The theme neither helped nor hindered me, but I did need to review the OCEAN of themed answers to get 37A: Title that can precede the starts of 17-, 23-, 49-, and 59-Across. COOKBOOKS didn't do it for me, but THEN I looked at MORGANFREEMAN, and "KABOOM," I was CAPTAIN of that ship.* Now, I'm going to get some ALES and GUACAMOLE. Peace out.
*The above review was constrained by my wish to use a bunch of the answers from the puzzle in the review itself. It in no way reflects my real thoughts about the puzzle. - F.