An odd theme of "DOT" appearing over the letter I in certain places. Is there anything more? Am I missing something?
Enjoyed the clue for ADAM (4A: First of all), but thought it should have had a question mark, since it assumes belief in an unsubstantiated book. 14A: Speaker's aid (ANECDOTE) was also nice. CANOEIST (17A: Paddle pusher), DICERS (21A: Kitchen gizmos) and UNBELT (42A: Start to take off one's pants, say) (my goodness, especially UNBELT) were less good. I saw that last one coming and I refused to enter it fully until it was forced upon me. And can someone explain why VAN is clued with 46A: Lead?
I don't know, it just seemed kind of blah. ONAN (2D: ____ incline (tilted))... ADE (4D: Suffix with orange). Blah. DAPS (51D: Fist-bumps)? Really? Daps? OK, so I guess I learned something new that I will never, ever use in conversation. BORZOI (43D: Russian wolfhound) is crazy, learned that today, too.
I liked PLATTE (62A: River to the Missouri), because I tend to enjoy geography, and RATCHET (10D: Wheel with sloped teeth) and FEUDAL (23D: Like England in the Middle Ages) (Frannie got this immediately) are nice words, but there was just too much junk in here for it to be truly enjoyable. DRU (61D: "____ Hill," 1996 platinum album). Did anyone get that without all the crosses? I mean anyone at all? Is putting the word "dot" over the letter I really worth all this?