Well, come on now, Dr. Haight. Now you're just playing for plaudits. You should know by now that the reviewers on this humble blog are suckers for puns. And you gave us five!
Take a simple phrase where one of the words ends in -ET, add an H to the end, and reparse it as a Shakespearean past participle. Clue in a silly way, and you've won us over.
By far my favorite of the theme answers is 24A: Citizenry doth work hard? (PUBLICTOILETH). That's so perfect. I bow before thee.
FADDIETH is cute, and MARKETHPLACES works well. PICKETHLINES and MODELROCKETH are both also solid examples. Strong work today.
There are a plethora of fun clues and answers today as well. A smattering listed here:
31D: They may leave a lengthy paper trail (LITTERBUGS) - great non-QMC.
34A: Locale for drawers in the study? (ARTSCHOOL) - wow! Talk about torturing the sentence for a good cause!
42A: They may be close to reception (HOTELBARS) - and so might we be, TBH.
29A: Upstage, say (ECLIPSE). Great definition and fun word.
13D: Setter fetter (LEASH) - I did a double take at the clue, and then nodded.
4D: Months long couples retreat? (ARK). Holy Noah, Dr. Haight! You've gone off the deep end.
All right. This one's a win all around in my book.