Happy Labor Day everybody! Today, I grocery shopped, made BLTs for lunch, mowed the lawn, then made ratatouille for dinner. Guess I know why it's called Labor Day... No, actually, I had a great weekend, including a fun annual trip to Lake George, so I don't have anything to complain about.
The fill includes four pairs of 7-letter answers in each corner, and one 7-letter in the middle. All nine of them are good answers, solid material. I like ECHELON the best for its rarity. Unfortunately, there are a number of partials (ITOO, SADO, ONEI), and a very poor crossing at BHT and BAA. I chose the B, but wondered about M. I also don't like ISL as an abbreviation for "islet" or "island" or whatever this puzzle is calling the Florida Keys.
1A: Has debts (OWES) is about as vanilla as you can get. I'll give it a C. Amusingly, 64D: Ma'am with a lamb? (EWE) uses the same letter structure, and is definitely a better clue-answer pair.
It was fine, but I was just not too excited about it.