Word Count: 72
Average length: 5.44
Difficulty: Um, all I can say is it’s probably an easier solve if you’re in the same state of mind I was during much of the construction process.
Here’s the idea: the 3-letter answers are common words and abbreviations/acronyms and should give you a decent foothold in the puzzle. A significant majority of the 4-letter answers are common words, but each of those words is clued without regard for the word’s actual meaning. The remaining 4-letter words and all the longer answers are either neologisms or nonsense phrases, the more ridiculous the better.
I hope you have even a fraction as much fun solving the puzzle as I had constructing it. If it’s not your cup of tea, never fear; I promise my next puzzle will be considerably less Alice-out-Wonderlandish.
22A: I am happy to do my small part for the Indie Constructor Steely Dan Recognition Drive.
39A: With all apologies to Monsieur Van Gogh, I couldn’t resist the clue
58A: I’m sure most (non-MOT) solvers won’t get this answer off the bat, but again, I couldn’t resist the clue. For an explanation, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_(divorce_document).
62A: One of my all-time favorite movies. How do you know he’s a king … I’m not dead yet … etc., etc.
10D: My first ever Spanish pun. (Cura is a Spanish word for priest.)
34D: Stupid, yeah, but funny, I hope.