Ms. Weintraub and I seemed to be on exactly the same wavelength today. After a stutter-start guess of "BESTactress" (1A: Award for "Hairspray" but not "Hair" (BESTMUSICAL)), that was fixed when I got MOET (5D: Big name in Champagne), I was off to the races.
I very much like both triple-stacks today. I haven't thought of the phrase ETPHONEHOME in a long time, but boy that was huge in the '80s. I loved it when I saw the movie on opening night in Worcester, but Frannie and I watched it again maybe six or seven years ago, and boy is it sickening to watch as an adult. But enough on that!
THREEINAROW (17A: XXX, for example) is a fun meta answer at the end of a three-stack. And on the bottom I love all three answers MICROMANAGE (52A: Oversee to a fault), PLAINSPOKEN (56A: Bluntly honest), and especially HORNETSNEST (58A: Dangerous situation). Even the two-stacks (is that a thing?) are solid. I smiled at DOIHAVETO (12D: Question from the unwilling), and at the cute clue for RUNAFEVER (30D: Have a hot body). I briefly tried inTRUdIng for OBTRUSIVE (31D: Meddling), but HUBCAPS (35A: Lug nut hiders) fixed that up.
There's a ton of good fill today, and very little glue. I guess OVI (51A: Lead-in to duct), NEV (55A: Home of Paradise: Abbr.), ILE (18A: Land in la mer), and ILO (53D: U.N. worker protection grp.) are the worst of it, but really, it's a pretty clean grid.
1A: BESTMUSICAL - A-
Favorite: 50A: Intimate (GETAT). Totally misread this one.
Least: STENT (47D: Vessel opener). Gross.
Speaking of 50A, I also liked the misdirection in "17A: XXX, for example," and "30D: Have a hot body," both of which resulted in unsexy answers.
Thumbs up on this one, but it went a little fast for me. It's not often that I have descending solve times from Wednesday to Friday. Let's see if I can get into the sevens tomorrow! :)