If there's anyone who's wheelhouse we are solidly in, it's Patrick Berry, but he sure keeps a fine wheelhouse. He of the "Soft T's" Sunday (remember "A scythe for sore eyes?"), the "Two by Fours" ("W[ER]N[ER]KLEMP[ER][ER]"), and now five Fridays since our blog began, all of which we have dispatched in just about thirty minutes or less. He is always entertaining and clever.
Frannie, especially, seems to share his 2A: Way of looking at things (ANGLE). Some of her favorites today were 14A: Reading light for an audiobook? (LASERBEAM), 15D: Depression creator (METERORITE), and 36D: Car collectors? (OILPANS). Oh, and, of course, 23A: Seat cushions? (GLUTEI). We had put in "Glutes" immediately, but had to change the ending when we ran into 24D: Old-fashioned respirator (IRONLUNG). What a nice entry, that. Iron Lung.
I tried "Slazenger" at first, for 33A: They make a racket (CONARTISTS), which would also have been tricky, I thought. If, that is, Slazenger is still a company. [They are. - H.] Oh, and 40A: Change places (COINPURSES) was another nice clue. So many in here, really. Frannie also liked the intersecting of LUNK (34D: Lamebrain) and HULKING (42A: Heavy and clumsy).
So, yet another fun, clean puzzle from Mr. Berry, if a little on the easy side.