This one came in fits and starts. Things like INTEGRA (20A: Bygone Acura), BASSALE (12D: Beverage with a triangular logo) and ROSANNE (62A: Cash in a country bar) (when Johnny didn't fit, what else could it have been?) came quickly, but, to me at least, the clues for SEERESS (38A: Sybill Trelawney, in the Harry Potter books), ATOMANT (42D: Ferocious Flea fighter, in cartoons), and ALDENTE (54A: Trattoria specification) were more opaque. Luckily, Frannie didn't have that much trouble with them. We ended working together to finish up with TALARIA (57A: Mercury's winged sandals) (wow.), PLIED (50D: Worked with) (hmm...) and PAPAS (50A: Ones with issues?). That last one was pretty good, actually.
"41A: Piece of trash?" is a pretty weak clue for JUNKART, if you ask us. And enough with the damn 5D: Parisian possessive (ALUI). It's like "Spanish this" or that, or these... and what's more, it's not even a normal possessive. If you wanted to say "his book" for example, you'd say "son livre," not "le livre à lui." It's absurd. And while it's not technically wrong, I'd still say it's wrong. "A toi, à moi, à lui"... are we also going to allow "à eux," "à vous," and "à nous?" And what about "sien," "tien," "votre" and "notre?"
My favorite part of this is the NW, with LAZARUS (1D" "The Raising of ____" (Rembrandt painting)), ZZZQUIL (17A: Vicks product) (nice), and OZZFEST (2D: Annual heavy metal tour). AZOBLUE (18A: Synthetic purplish colorant) is kind of a steep price to pay, but I'll pay it here.
Nice to see MAME (26A: Musical title character who "made us feel alive again" ) in the grid. I just quoted her earlier in the week. And speaking of the grid, it's lovely, with that X right in the middle.
Frannie calls the puzzle a mixed bag. I agree.