I disinfected my house this morning, with diluted bleach. That's what it's come down to, folks. Do you know how many knobs there are in my kitchen? I think 49.
I also read in the New Yorker that as restrictions on movement in Shanxii province were released this past week, the divorce rate jumped way up.
So, if those are not some good reasons to escape into a crossword puzzle, I don't know what would be. And what a fine example we have today. Mr. Gulczinski hit on each and every one of his long answers, YESINDEED he did.
Let's start in the SE corner, where 60A: Race car, e.g. (PALINDROME) is a piece of beauty. I had incorrectly entered AmIr at 53D: Arabic leader (ALIF, the letter), which made things a little difficult to see. But you also have the lovely SWITCHEROO and 65A: Ones trying to cover all the bases (INFIELDERS). Ah, baseball. We might get some before the summer is over.
The NW corner was more challenging for me. I had OAHU and ESSAY as things I was sure about, but I made life harder for myself by dropping in "ona" for ACL. Finally I got WARTHOG and figured out LUTE, and then things made more sense. 17A: Fakes (CHARLATANS) is great, 15A: They come with strings attached (PARACHUTES) is also good (I really wanted something like "marionettes" but it just didn't fit), but the perfect start to the puzzle is at 1A: Slangy part of a conversation recap (SOIWASLIKE).
With MEDGAREVARS and DELTABURKE as well as everybody's favorite satay dip, PEANUTSAUCE, this is a winning grid all around.
P.S. Don't forget the virtual crossword puzzle tournament today at 1 PM!