Word Count: 72
Average Length: 5.19
I had a great deal of fun – perhaps too much, you be the judge – cluing this one. (Favorite non-theme clues: 13A, 41A, 4D (possibly rescuing the crosswordese fill), 22D.)
Gustav Vigeland, creator of fantastical sculptures, along with an avian admirer. See the notes on 32D.
51A: The Lennon tracks, especially Watching the Wheels, which is one of my favorite songs from an ex-Beatle, but including Woman and (Just Like) Starting Over, are solid. The others, eh, not so much IMO.
7D: Showing my age here, again. M*A*S*H was a rare TV show that maintained its quality through all of its seasons and cast changes.
11D: I wanted to clue this referring to the cracker company – try their Multigrains, which are phenomenal and at least as addictive as Stacy’s chips – but I wasn’t sure if they were just a local mid-Atlantic company.
32D: It’s a fascinating city. If you ever have the chance, visit the brilliant Vigeland Sculpture Park.
63D: Way too obscure, I’m sorry, but as a recovering telecom lawyer, this was somewhere in my useless information database (which is quite large and is elbowing aside the stuff it would be helpful to remember).