Only Old McDonald could have enjoyed the theme of this puzzle more than I did. I love that Mr. Lim thought of the idea at all and executed it so thoroughly. My favorite theme answer might have been ROUEAIRLINES (28A: Carrier for Cassanovas?), although MAUIOENOPHILE (82A: Hawaiian wine lover?) is also nice. So many vowels and such great words. OUIJA, ADIEU, CHATEAU, AIOLI. It may be that a surfeit of vowels makes creating a crossword easier because I didn't find much not to like. Here are a few of my non-theme favorites.
I enjoyed the juxtaposition of 72A: Like cutting in line (RUDE) with 73A: Savoir-faire (TACT). I thought 110D: Quit lying (RISE) was a nice clue/answer pair, and I always enjoy NOG (47D: Seasonal beverage) the word much more than I enjoy the beverage itself. 98A: Substantial shoe spec (EEE) made me think of my in-laws. :) And what's not to love about 49D: Girl's name meaning "loved" (AIMEE)?
I just ran through the puzzle again and found very few clues and answers I didn't like. There was really just this one:76D: "Almighty" item: Abbr. (DOL) - who abbreviates dollar like that, or at all, for that matter?
As I was doing the puzzle, I must have said aloud to Horace at least
twice, '"sometimes you have to think about the clue words in a different
way to get the answer." While I'm sure you'll all saying to yourselves,
"totes obvi," it is always more obvious in principle than in
particular cases. For example, it took me forever to solve, 32D:
Extremely sharp (HAIRPIN), even when I had most of the letters. Go