Frannie here, which is why the review is so late today. IMAMESS!
I thought today's puzzle was spot on, if you will. It was a substantial theme surrounded by clean, interesting, fun and funny fill, clued at a fitting degree of difficulty.
What the theme lacked in usual Sunday word play (which sometimes borders on *pun*ishment J), it made up for in robust answers that included types of places, beautifully arranged in increasing order of magnitude ('HOUSE, 'STREET, 'BLOCK, 'CITY, 'STATE, and 'NATION), expanding our worldview, one grid row at a time.
Horace and I solved this puzzle together, sipping rye whiskey and passing the laptop back and forth, in a location that might be described as Ocean, Maine, Coast, Dune, Avenue, Cottage. And, while a tumbler of strong spirits would have been an excellent start to a Sunday, it was actually Saturday night. So, in order to write the review this morning (it's morning somewhere!), I ran through the clues to refresh my memory. There were a lot of good ones that I enjoyed again for the first time. In the time-honored tradition of puzzle reviews, I'll BELTOUT a few of my favorites.
27A. Makeup for a "Wizard of Oz" character? (TIN). Silverfacepaint just didn't fit. J
81D. Order in the court. (RISE). Accurate!
57A. Lock combination? (HAIRDO). This one has style!
68D. What covers parts of 80-Down? (SARI). Ha!
13D. Lose control at the buffet (OVEREAT). Indeed.
There were a few answers that I might TAPEUP, but it probably boils down to personal preference.
28A. Cooperate (with) (LIAISE). Although the word does have a nice multi-vowel sequence, it has too many unsavory business associations to be used in polite company.
72A. Feeling (SENSATE). Any person of sensate would repudiate this word.
70D. L.A. locale (CALI). If people do call it that, they shouldn't.
In the time-honored tradition of grading the kickoff clue, (Kind of chip), I give it a B+. Nacho hardest, but with several possibilities in an completely empty grid, nacho easiest, either. See what I did there? (40A. OHO).
ENUF of that. All in all, a very nice Sunday solve.