I caught on to the theme with 59A: "Green peas" (PEACEANDPEPPERS) or more expositorily, words that can follow the word 'green' to make a common phrase that starts with the letter p. "Blue jays" across the top (16A) took me forever. What in the heck is blue jasmine? Is that a thing? Anyhoo, that aside, my favorite was "Honey bees" (BADGERSANDBEARS). Since all the theme answers followed the same pattern, I was able to fill in the initial letters and the internal AND in each theme clue before I even knew the answers themselves. That came in handy in the north west. I didn't know OBADIAH was the shortest OT book, RESANDS for "Smooths over" didn't click for quite some time, and I was stuck on the idea of a locality for 5D. "Albert Einstein, notably" (EMIGRE). DEMERIT!
I've always liked the expressions "To boot" (ALSO) and BARNONE ("Without exception"). I liked the clue "Thunder, but not Lightning" (NBATEAM) - get me, enjoying a sports clue! I also liked "Bygone compacts" (GEOS) and "Unlikely source of a silk purse" (SOWSEAR). I thought EMIGRE and EMERGE made an interesting pair at 5D and 10D. And how about the pair UMPTEEN ("Lots of") and TEEM ("Abound")? Maybe there's something about the syllable "tee" that means many.
I thought the clue "Crowd on the move" (HORDE) was interesting; I wasn't aware that a horde was necessarily a crowd in motion. I never like ASAP as a synonym for "Now!" because 'as soon as possible' is not necessarily this minute.