When it comes to making errors in solving a puzzle, IBLAMEMYSELF. Not many other people I can blame, I guess, when it comes down to it. Today's mistake was definitely avoidable. I had put EQUAlLY in at 24D: In an even manner (EQUABLY), which is certainly a reasonable guess. But the last word I had to fill in was 40A: Sty occupants (SLOBS). That's a fine clue, by the way. So I was looking at possibly having "SLOlS" in that place, and I hesitated not once but twice before putting the last letter in.
So, a good rule of thumb should be that when you see something that just can not be correct in any way, shape, or form, don't put that last letter in. And I really questioned every crossing letter of that answer but the mistake. So another good rule of thumb is don't fall in love with your own assumptions.
But enough self-flagellation. Let's focus on all the great stuff, shall we?
So many great long answers today. I'm fond of a good colloquial phrase, like WEREALLSET. Also, PADMALAKSHMI is an outstanding answer, a full name, and a celebrity minority woman, so many nice things there.
9D: Case opener (EXHIBITA) is a great example of a tough clue, and a really difficult answer to figure out. I had E_H_BITA and was certain I'd done something wrong. TREX was a tough get as well, but such a great aha moment in a puzzle full of AHAS!
Speaking of which, how about 1D: Tanning agent (SUN)? Oh, that's brilliant. And a non-QMC to boot! What a way to elevate a simple answer. For an excellent example of a QMC, see 63A: Defaults? (EDITS). So good.
We just finished watching a movie featuring a STUNT double, namely "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood." It was... good? I think? We loved everything up until the last half hour, which I will not spoil. We also saw Ford v. Ferrari, which was a lot of fun. My pick for best picture? Little Women, which will not win.
Great first two parts of the turn this week. Here's looking forward to tomorrow's!