How can I not like a puzzle about the bees? POLLINATION (62A: Job done by the insects seen above the circled words in 17-, 26-, and 50-Across) is a great revealer, and I like that the bees are on flowers. A circle puzzle that I like! Stop the presses!
But all was not asters and roses. I didn't really love REDOSE (5A: Medicate again), HELOTS (31A: Spartan serfs) is hella hard for a Wednesday, as were, for me at least, EDA (61A: Author LeShan), OLE (63D: "____ ELO" (1976 album), and ELOISE (67A: Plaza Hotel girl). And finally, in this category, ROLEO (38D: Loggers' contest). What the…?
But really, hard ones aren't bad ones, and even if we did count them in the debit column, the assets would still win out. It started off strong in the NW, where I found the clueing quite enjoyable. 14A: Complaint (BEEF), 20A: Fix (RIG), 24A: Dumb as a box of rocks (DENSE), for example. And there's nothing wrong with 1D: Car in the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun" (TBIRD) either, or 3D: Hold the scepter (REIGN). In other areas, the nines in the SW and NE were all lovely, and really, good stuff was everywhere. SHEET (27D: Word before cake or music), POGO (42D: Okefenokee possum) (Dad would have enjoyed this one, were he to do the Times puzzle), NOHELP (30D: Totally useless). It just goes on and on.
Overall, a good Wednesday.