I pulled out 56A Whiz: MAVEN because maven comes from the Hebrew word מבין (meh-VEEN) which means understand. So a maven is someone who understands.
The theme of this puzzle is Friday, I guess.
There’s nothing specifically long, so here’s some other stuff that stood out:
14A Band featured in Disney World’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: AEROSMITH.
17A Last of the Ptolemys: CLEOPATRA. I didn’t realize that she was part of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Good for her!
54A She’s the responsible one in the group, colloquially: MOMFRIEND. I hadn’t heard of this title before. It makes sense, I guess. But also sounds kinda rude?
33D Make an unwanted appearance in a video call: ZOOMBOMB. I pieced this one together because it couldn’t be photobomb. I don’t want to do zoom anymore ever. Please mask up and get vaccinated and then continue to mask up.
23D Holiday hearth feature: YULELOG. Probably my favorite show on December 24. The 2020 Yule Log was way higher def than I remember it being in years past.
Wow! Two Saturdays in a row! And this Saturday puzzle was substantially faster than yesterday’s Friday was. And it’s a new PR for a Saturday.
I pulled out 16A “You caught me”: I LIED because it took me a long time to get there. It’s not what I had expected that answer to be. It’s kinda lame? I think that a better clue would be Busted!
The theme of this puzzle was not-as-hard-as-Friday?
There were a lot of long answers.
1A Take pregame shots?: TRASHTALK.
15A Person who will do anything for you, in modern slang: RIDEORDIE. Calah got this one immediately.
17A Cold, caramel-colored concoction: ICEDLATTE. 61A Firewall target: ADULTSITE. 65A Leave space for someone running late, say: SAVEASEAT. Saving seats soon will be a thing again. And then immediately outlawed again. 67A 2004 comedy written by Tina Fey: MEANGIRLS. I hadn’t realized that was her thing! 12D It goes for a short run: MINISERIES. Or the show Pitch. I hate Joe Buck. And the show was terrible. 13D “Can’t argue that”: SEEMSLEGIT. Checks out. 14D Something released while skydiving: ADRENALINE. This one was difficult for me. EXTRALINE? PARACHUTE? 26D Nintendo offering with more than 10 installments: MARIOPARTY. I am terrible at Smash Bros. Always have been. Mario Party has a lot of different games. 27D “Lemme see!”: IWANNALOOK. 28D Del Monte or Green Giant product: CANNEDCORN. I had CANNEDPEAS for a while.