A pretty clean Monday with a solid theme. What more can one ask?
PERFUNCTORY (65A: Just going through the motions) is lovely 11-letter fill, and WELLGROOMED (18A: Neat in appearance) isn't bad either. The five theme answers plus the revealer drop symmetrically like raindrops through the middle of everything.
If I were pressed to call out drawbacks, I might mention OFA (36A: "The Tears ____ Clown"), RECUE (69A: Signal again, as an actor), and TSKED (72A: Expressed one's disapproval). And in the downs, ANDS, ATRUE, and TAPA (35D: Finger food at a fiesta). Does one ever hear that in America without the final "s"?
But I am not pressed to call out the bad, and I don't really want to focus on it today. This puzzle has enough decent material for a Monday. It's funny to see ELM TREE again so soon, and it's kind of funny to see ULE so close to YUL, although the former is quite weak.