Today, I'll begin at the end, which, for us, was the terrible triple cross of the North. 20A: Brzezinski of MSNBC (we don't have cable), and 15A: Asia Trans ___ Range (? Sorry, Dad) crossing 5D: Tot's glassful. I guessed MIKe for the first one, which made solving 5D even harder than it already was. It wasn't until I took the E out again in desperation that I was finally able to see WAWA. Hmpf. Tricky.
OK, there was a theme (there almost always is), but I had to read Rex's blog to figure it out. It was baseball. Obviously, I guess, since Opening Day was this past weekend. Swing, Hit, Run, Slide, Score. Not bad, really.
Some clever clues, some funny stuff, some interesting stuff, but I'm not sure this one had enough. 44A: Key opening? (OSAY) was cute, and WAWA, I suppose, but there was a lot that was just blah. At least for me. But oh well, they can't all be winners, and there's always tomorrow.