My thanks to Horace for filling in yesterday. I was planning on putting my entry in late tonight, but this is way better! I wish it had something to do with life and death, but instead it was resident education followed by opening night in the NFL...
In any case, today I'm back with a very pleasant Friday themeless. Did it skew too easy? For me, yes. There were two 15-letter answers I filled in with either no crosses or only two or three. After I put in LSAT and PREPS, STEPPEDONTHEGAS (20A: Gunned it) slipped into place. Let me take a moment here to enjoy 1A: Recharged, in a way (SLEPT). In our house, we call that "taking a snoozle," and it is a time-honored way to get ready for dinner. I give the clue-answer pair a B+.
There were a number of very fun clues in here. 17A: Objects within spitting distance? (WATERMELONSEEDS) was great. See, the seeds have to be that close, because that's how far they got spit. 37A: Twisted here this is (SYNTAX) is a beautiful self-referential clue-answer pair. And I loved 53A: Bobby with a low rank (POLICECONSTABLE). How great is it to have a Bobby clue which is not Mr. Orr?
Funny to have the two "cassette" answers: MEMOREX and PASSE. 42D: How narcs might act (ONATIP) was nicely misdirecting. And STPAT, if you're going to have it in the grid, is well clued with 44D: One prompting people to go green, for short?
Of course 48A: Film featuring the fictional album "Smell the Glove" (THISISSPINALTAP) was a very welcome sight. I needed no crosses for this answer. There were a few odd answers, like URE, or ETTE, but really, it's no catastrophe. Big thumbs up from me.