Most of the puzzle was smooth sailing, but I got in over my head in the
northeast. First I put in killer for 4D. Kind of instinct, but that
didn't float. I thought
my ship had come in when the lower crosses supplied MAL. I tried aniMAL, but I had a sinking feeling when I couldn't get any
crosses. Eventually my ship came in when JUMP sprang to mind (1A. Bound), and I realized it was PRIMAL going down.
The raft of clumping of hair clues in this one did not float my boat. (63A. & 64A. Clump of hair (KNOT & TUFT)). On the other hand it was swell to have two Winnie-the-Pooh clues, especially his catchphrase (9D. OHBOTHER). I say that myself sometimes when the waters are troubled.
Quite a surge of Huyguens material, if you were on the look out for it: 6D. Lumber (WOOD); 13D. Unyielding (STEELY); 24D. Eleven plus one (NOON); and 73A. Cry at deli (NEXT).
Surprisingly little side-splitting humor, but I did enjoy 2D. One side in a close encounter (UFO) and 5D. Sun block? ECLIPSE.
Oh, and did I mention that the theme was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the
Titanic? Although, as regards 28A What scientists use to predict the
rates of chemical reactions (COLLISIONTHEORY), I might ask, too soon?