Crisis time indeed. It is somewhat comforting to me that MIDDLEAGE is just one of the many possible ages. In all but one of the theme answers the "ages" cross word boundaries, which I think is nicer. It makes the larger answer phrases in which the theme words are located seem more necessary. For example, in 44A. One doesn't need to take a CHAIR to get to the IRON age. LOSTONESMARBLES is my favorite today.
ITCHY is a solid, if uncomfortable answer to start off the puzzle.
I thought 6D. Game for dummies? (BRIDGE) was funny because it is, and, also, if my experience trying to learn it is any indication, it also isn't. I enjoyed both the clue Simoleon and the answer CLAM at 66A. Simoleon always reminds me of the movie It's a Wonderful Life. Wonderful old building and loan.
It's great to see our old friend AMIE in the puzzle again. I got SHEB at 54D. only because his name was just in Sunday's puzzle. Ha! And, apparently, this famous-but-unknown-to-me Rudy is all the rage. Rudy himself was in yesterday's puzzle and today we have his coach, ARA. If I ever want to win the ACPT, I am definitely going to have to watch this inspiring 1993 movie about a Notre Dame football team walk-on.
But, because I haven't seen the movie yet, I was held up for a time where ARA crosses GNAR. GNAR meaning make a snarling sound is a new one on me.
In the Cock-a-POO category, I put the numerous abbreviations (USN, ATL, RAS, CEO, NTSB, SEN, POS, KANS, ELS, etc.) and the answers IMIT, IREFUL, and ROPERS.
Overall, some good material, but not one for the ages.