Another challenging Saturday, but somehow this seemed less diabolical than yesterday. There were a few gimmies, at least, like RANDALL (12D: Tony with an Emmy), and before that, even, went in ANDANTE (13D: Like many sonatas' second movements), and, of course, TREVINO (40D: The Merry Mex of golf) was a no-brainer. And after that, the long ones eventually worked themselves out. Our solve kind of went from bottom to top. SORRYFORTHEWAIT (54A: Remark after holding someone up) was the first 15 we got, and SIDEWALKARTISTS (36A: Drawers hitting the pavement) went soon after that. It was the little things that took more time today.
MIROS (5D: "Carota" and "Blue II," for two) took every cross. And the clue for the old standby ARENAS (23A: Engagement rings?) was very tricky! 49A: Ear plug? (RADIOAD) was very tough, too! We had something like "_ADI_A_" and I wanted the O for OTTO (52D: Raiders Hall-of-Famer Jim) but "_ADIOA_" just looked so awful that I started to suspect an error. Luckily, Frannie somehow worked out that whole mess while I was having my coffee. Good ol' Frannie.
It was tough, and it was fun to figure some of them out, but some of the fights ended in things like LAPDESK (3D: Clipboard's relative), NITS (7D: Trivial objections), and, sadly, NEEDERS (24D: Indigent individuals). I was thinking of saying MAKEMINEADOUBLE (32A: Strong order?) and chucking the whole puzzle under the bus, but it is saved from a mediocre review by one clue - 18D: Mad person's question (WHATMEWORRY). How can you dislike a puzzle that has that?