A somewhat convoluted concoction of couple-word clauses commencing with C comprises today's theme. Come, come!, you say, it can't be as catastrophic as all that! Well, you decide - is COMPASSCOURSE (20A: Ship heading) something you come across commonly? COLBYCOLLEGE (27A: Liberal arts school in Waterville, Me.), in certain company is commonplace, but my brother went to Bates! And COUNTRYCOUSIN (58A: Person in overall sucking a piece of straw, stereotypically) calls for a chuckle, perhaps, but does any contemporary card use such coinage?
In other corners of the grid, some crunchy fill is found, like INDIGNANT (35D: Highly offended), TYCOBB (4D: Baseball great known as "The Georgia Peach") right beside MAYS (21D: Baseball great Willie), and DONTASK (45D: Exasperated response to "How was your day?") is pretty good. I also appreciate the double-l in CANCELLED (3D: No longer on the air). Overall, though, there's a lot of stuff we often see, and a couple things I'd rather not see, like YOICKS (52D: Bygone cry of high spirits). Really? Bygone indeed, and with good reason!
The inclusion of CEE (22D: Major component of the euro symbol) is a nice touch, though, and it's really not all that bad, given the preponderance of Cs - one of my least favorite letters to have in Scrabble, by the way. The other is V. Yuck. But I digress…
Let's call it a wash.