Do you ever get the feeling that Will Shortz is toying with us. I mean, how often lately have we seen IRAE (15A: "Dies ____" (Latin hymn)) and EGGY (19A: Like custard and meringue)? Does he bunch them up on purpose? There are weeks where it seems like "eel" is in the puzzle every day, and lately "ELHI" has been a favorite. Anyway, I've been wondering about such things.
We liked the "pig" theme today. And we liked that some were across and some were down, which seems unusual. Funny double clue of "Wood for a chest" getting (1A) CEDAR and (9D) OAK. And it's funny to see AOK (23D: Just fine) so close to OAK. And speaking of odd proximities, how 'bout JIHADS on USA? And really, how often do you see "Made in USA" on garment labels these days? If you can find more than one in your closet or bureau, I'd say you're in the minority of Americans.
But let's not get dragged down into negativity. This was a fine puzzle with plenty of interesting fill. Not a bad Monday at all.