A nice entry into "the turn," as I just now decided to call it. That is, the big three, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. We look for a little bit of fun on Thursday, and a decent challenge on the other two.
The first of the rebi that we got was [ARMED]BANDITS (18: Casino sights). We fretted for a while about the missing "one" in that phrase, but we kept on keepin' on, and eventually, the next one we got, [WAYWAYWAYWAY]STOP (62A: What an intersection may have) ("four 'way' stop") finally explained it to us. Pretty nice.
They've got a little vintage TV thing going on with ALF (16A: TV ET) and ORSON (23A: Boss of TV's Mork). And I was about to add FIVEO (40A: "Hawaii ____"), but it's back as a current show, right? Is that still going? But wait! KINTE (45A: "Roots" surname) could be added to the group!
AVARICE (9D: Shylock trait) is a nice word, as is FAIN (11D: Willingly, old-style). RULE (25D: Line at a stationery store) gets a clever clue, but my favorite clue today was 4D: + 6 (TEN). Pretty sneaky, Sis! (another old TV reference)
We finished up in the SE, at what has got to be the toughest cross in the puzzle - FIR (61A: It may be topped with an angel) (too soon) and ERGOT (57D: Cereal killer). Frannie was on the right track with cereal killer, looking for a disease, but it was the other one that she finally figured out to get that R.
RIATAS (1A: They're thrown from horses), even with the somewhat interesting clue, wasn't the greatest way to start this one, but it picked up nicely and turned out to be a satisfying Thursday.