Boy that SW corner was a bear for me today! I so wanted “craft fair” (CRAFTSHOW) (29D: Outlet for artisans), that I took out REMOULADE (30D: Cousin of tartar sauce) over and over again because of the double A it gave at 53A: In prime condition (HALE). I kept thinking “a one” might work… Oh well. And who knew Confucius wrote ODES? Anyway, I spent a good seven or eight minutes down there trying to sort things out. If only I'd been SMARTER.
You know how sometimes puzzles just roll along and you don't get very worked up about the answers? Well, this was not one of those puzzles for me. This was the kind of puzzle where I had strong reactions to a lot of clues, both good and bad. On the plus side, I loved PROCTORED (9D: Supervised), TURPITUDE (43A: Wickedness), and REMOULADE (30D: Cousin of tartar sauce). And while I thought ADAMSAPPLE a very nice entry, I did not enjoy the clue at all (17A: What can't hold still during lectures?). It just seems a little too too, does it not? And entries like DECADESOLD (13A: From quite a while back), RAPBATTLE (10D: Climactic scene in the Eminem film "8 Mile"), and BEERDARTS (12D: Pub game) all rubbed me the wrong way. What the hell are "Beer Darts?" Isn't the game just called "Darts?"
1A: Contemptible sort (ASS) - D. I enjoy the occasional edgy answer as much as the next guy, but starting the puzzle with a mild oath just seems so crass. Combine that with PERP walk, TRYST, and BCUPS and you've got a real sleazy feel in the starting corner.
Favorite: AMENITY (37A: Free Wi-Fi, e.g.) - because I'm sitting here "borrowing" such an amenity from someone right now!
Least: DDRIVE (42D: Certain PC storage area). Yeesh!
I also didn't love FORES (40A: Links words), and I've never heard of MELO or OMARR. But as I always say, complaints of not knowing are groundless on a Saturday.
Overall, I guess I just didn't like this one much. I hope you had a better time with it.