Title: Speak up, no need for all the hemming and hawing.
I am pleased to welcome the debut LAT puzzle from a Nurse Practitioner from New Mexico for whom September seems to be a special month. Her first published puzzle was September 23 2020 a NYT with a picture ( a wonderful mini-me pic with her child) and some comments. And now a year and a day later...
The first thing that jumps out is that this is not a traditional Friday; three themers and a reveal that was more confusing than helpful for me. Also, Fridays average about 32 black squares and this has 38 such squares. It also has some very nice non-theme fill ...SOUP MIX, TENNIES, TOOTSIE, WRITHED, BOATDECK, STUNTMAN, EUROVISION, and LABELMAKER. The ones in green have never been in the NYT, the ones in red have never been in either LAT or NYT. But, this too is a bit outré, as two of the themers are only 8 letters long and you are not supposed to have fill longer than themers. Which are:
15A. Otolaryngologist's colleagues?: EAR DRUMS (8). A eye, ear, and throat doctor ends up a musical instrument.
Maybe.43A. Rodent reduction measure?: VOLUME CONTROL (13).
57A. Minuscule biters, and a clue to understanding 15-, 26- and 43-Across: NO SEEUMS (8). They are all over the place.
1. Acid: LSD. The drug of choice for a generation.4. Pine product: SAP. Pine tree sap is used by the tree to transport nutrients. Pine tree sap uses include glue, candles and fire starting. Pine sap is also used for making turpentine, a flammable substance used for coating objects. (gardening know how).
7. Swell: BULGE. Not a battle this time.
12. First name in pharmaceuticals: ELI. The HISTORY.
13. Irritated, with "on": WORE. A simple but deceptive clue.
14. 90% of Earth's volcanic rock: BASALT. ROCK
17. Reach for rudely: GRAB AT.
18. Home-away-from-home vacation: R V TRIP. The BEST
19. Departure notice?: OBITuary.
21. Historic period: ERA. Or you can wash your clothes.
22. PIN points: ATMS. I love this combination.
24. Big name in databases: ORACLE. Greek history and...
31. Rejoices: EXULTS. Exult means "to rejoice" or "to be openly happy about."
32. Foot specialist?: BARD. Wonderful clue/fill and CSO to our resident poets OKL, Moe and the rest.
35. Like burnt coffee: ACRID. Sometimes, it makes the coffee better.
37. Member of a noted sailing trio: NOD. Are you Winken and Blinken?
38. LGBTQ activist George: TAKEI. Lt. Sulu.
39. Hershey toffee bar: SKOR. Seen it too often
40. Home of The Trop: ST. PETE. The home of the Tampa Bay professional teams.
42. Clean Water Act org.: EPA.
46. One getting smashed at a bash: PINATA.
47. Big Island coffee region: KONA.
48. Faux follower: PAS.
49. Servers at affairs: URNS. Coffee or tea I hope and not ashes.
51. Donation drop-off site: TIPJAR. Lame.
55. Afghanistan's national airline: ARIANA. Unkown, not a grande clue.
59. They take things in stride: STOICS.
60. Nice ways to say yes: OUIS. The French silly pun.
61. Patel of "Lion": DEV.
62. __-pop: electronic music genre: SYNTH. The GENRE.
63. Test for M.A. seekers: GRE. Graduate Records Examination.
64. Medium claim: ESP. More - Extra Sensory Perception.
1. Not a nice look: LEER. No capital N here.
2. Pole, e.g.: SLAV. The LINK.
3. Gossip: DIRT.
4. Lipton product: SOUP MIX. PICTURE
5. Branch or limb: ARM.
6. Currency of 25-Down: PESO.
7. It may be closed at last call: BARTAB.
8. Winner of the most medals at the 2020 Olympics: USA. A quick clue after this delayed event.
9. Tiny office printer: LABEL MAKER. Another best
11. Sundance's sweetie: ETTA. Butch was never jealous. PICTURE
Read all about it. LINK.
13. Squirmed: WRITHED.
14. Certain break-dancers: B-GIRLS. Got me, " a woman who entertains bar patrons and encourages them to spend freely."
16. Attract: DRAW attention.
20. Where hands may be brought together: BOAT DECK. Deck hands work on the boat deck.
23. Double, often: STUNTMAN. The insurance on big stars has gotten too expensive so even the macho morons need stunt doubles.
25. Birthplace of Gloria Estefan: CUBA. Born September 1, 1957, Havana, Cuba.
26. Poured-over leaves: TEAS. Another nice clue
27. Cybersecurity concern: HACK. Hacking is an attempt to exploit a computer system or a private network inside a computer.
28. 2021 musical contest held in Rotterdam: EUROVISION. This old CONTEST discovered ABBA.
29. Get away to get together: ELOPE.
33. Default result: REPO.
34. Old phone feature: DIAL. You need the soap to wash your hands after words.
36. Decrease?: IRON. Iron out tension? Got me
38. Sneaks: TENNIES. Cute tennis shoe reference.
40. Hindu teachings: SUTRAS. Kama, kama Chameleon?
41. __ Roll: TOOTSIE. Not Dustin Hoffman?
44. Set in motion: LAUNCH. I love launch parties.
45. Format for much '80s music: TAPE.
46. Bash: PARTY.
48. Word with hall and press: PASS. I pass on using those examples.
50. Make out, in Britain: SNOG. I heard in 70s and 80s importrd BBC shows.
52D. "Hey __": classic hit: JUDE. See 26A.
53. Iowa college town: AMES. Not to be confused with Ed.
54. Request on an invitation: RSVP. Again, too much too soon.
56. River isle: AIT. Hey a new way to say eight."
58. Collective pronoun: OUR. Last fill and time to say good night.