So many Xs! This was a good one. Loved CHILLAX (1A: Take it easy), SEXSCENE (35A: Hot shot?) (!), BALDSPOT (40D: Unlocked area?), PARADOX (59A: "This statement is false," e.g.), and CATERWAUL (36D: Shrill howl), among others.
Never heard of STYLETS (64A: Sharp-pointed instruments), and FAST (53A: Completely dry, as a racetrack) took a long time, and seemed almost too unspecific, but it was the key to that whole SW quadrant, which was where we ended up. Had EXAMbooks for a while, but FAST gave us EXAMPAPER (38D: School handout), which led to IPHONES (57A: BlackBerry routers) (nice clue!), which fixed GENL (54D: Mil. bigwig) (from "GNRL"… how should I know? They both look odd), and which led to LEONINE (61A: Strong and regal) (didn't we just see "lionize" recently?). Whew!
Frannie didn't love EXENEMY (37A: Germany, to Britain) (or vice versa?), and there were a few odd plurals, like 43A: T-shirt sizes, for short (SML). Was expecting "SMS" "LGS" or "XLS," but got the singular SML. Why? I guess they can be taken collectively. Also, isn't it Le HAVRE (2D: Where French ships dock)? But the other french clue makes up for it - DEJAVU (32A: It's nothing new). Ha!
Lots of good, not much bad. Take POET (48A: One who deals with stress well?) - that one clue is better than yesterday's entire theme. Ha! Yeah, I said it.
Very nice Friday.