This was a satisfying, chunky, Friday solve. Gimmes like ATTIRE (Difference between a well-dressed bicyclist and a poorly dressed unicyclist, in a joke) and LANDSPEEDER (Luke Skywalker sold his in Mos Eisley) got me off to a quick start in the NE, but only after several missteps ("pec" instead of ABS (Gymgoer's pride), "arousE" for ENABLE (Turn on, say), "croc" instead of DINO (Bird's long-ago relative, informally), and "playedaPART" not DIDONESPART (Contributed)) had befouled the NW.
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ASIS traditional, I will now mention a few of the puzzles additional ASSETs. I was misled (even without the periods) by "DC figures" until SUPERHEROES was obvious, and not knowing LITTLEITALY (Manhattan neighborhood between the East Village and Chinatown) made me wish that I spent more of my time in N.Y.C.
Likewise, I was thinking "upset" instead of MEET for "Cross," and "depend upon" instead of the more forceful COERCE for "Lean on." And finally, HARLOW reminds me of a favorite anecdote, wherein Jean HARLOW, upon meeting Lady Asquith, mispronounced her first name, Margot, and Asquith quickly replied, "My Dear, the T is silent, as in 'Harlow.'" True or not, it still amuses me.
Lots of misdirection, some interesting factoids (Franchise with the most victories in N.F.L. history (BEARS), for example), and almost no junk at all. So far, it's been an excellent extended Turn. See you tomorrow for the finale!