MAKE A DASH FOR IT
Pretty amusing theme, today. Hypens have been added to standard phrases and re-clued wackily. As in, AMERICANGOTHI-C (65A: An airline now serves a Minute Maid beverage?). Ha! Or MOVINGA-SIDE (100A: Record half that stirs emotions?). That’s slightly less good. And PHOENIXA-Z (24A: Actor Joaquin’s complete bio?) hardly works at all, for several reasons. But the others are ok. And in the Downs, the hyphens also work as hyphens, but they don't have the wacky clue element. Still, it's nice to picture a PUSH-UPBRA, and FREEWI-FI is what I'm using now.
We don't get many marquée, non-theme answers today. The long downs are mostly STEELGRAYS, THEFENCES, and TAKESDRUGS. Not terribly exciting. And we get TOPED (90A: Drank to excess), ORCS, ESE, ISMS, OOM, and other similar bits of glue. But Sundays are often all about the theme, and so I won't complain too much.
1A: Pranks with a roll, briefly (TPS), gets a B-. Sure, it’s a three-letter abbreviation, but who doesn’t appreciate a good TPing? And the first entry I put in confidently was POSTED (7A: Updated one's blog), which is now what I have done.
See you tomorrow!