Across

1 Puts forward, as a theory

7 Scatter, as a crowd

15 Egyptian sun god

16 Enter as a substitute as part of apatternn

17 Tea brand

18 “I’ll try ___ once!”

19 When something is to begin

21 Tally up

22 Like good (but not great) bonds

23 Jazz singer Smith

24 “___ yourself!” (“Get ready for  an impact!”

26 “Octopus’s Garden” singer Ringo

28 Head on off to bed

30 Like unfriendly stares

31 “___ the night before Christmas”

35 Noted rapper/actor

36 Southwest plant

38 Alley Oop’s companion

39 Whirling water just above a drain

40 Somewhat dark

41 Not wide

43 Fasten

45 French beasts

46 Wrap, as a baby

50 Grammy-winner ___ Carey

52 Franz who composed “The Merry Widow”

53 Holders of yellow pages

56 🙂 or 🙁

58 Serious fan

59 Forlorn hikers’ cry

60 Put some clothes on

61 Like a dark and stormy night

62 Irish ___ (English dog breed)

Down

1 Good buddies

2 Fail to mention

3 Parted ways

4 Like projects supported by several town neighborhoods

5 One running a tad faster than a jog

6 “A votre ___!” (French toast)

7 Times of shock and awe?

8 “The Last Days of Pompeii” girl

9 Filthy digs

10 Rapid talk

11 Group cultural values

12 Land-related portfolio items

13 Mideast’s ___ Peninsula

14 Author Madeleine L’___

20 DL’s and passports, notably

23 William Jennings ___

24 Cheese sold in wedges

25 In-basket stamp (abbr.)

27 UNC’s league

29 “Blame It on the boss nova” singer ___ Gorme

31 Criticized harshly, metaphorically

32 Dear

33 Burn-healing plant

34 Wood-cutting tools

37 Reversal, in slang

42 City west of Dallas

43 Elate

44 Bother persistently

46 Pivots

47 ‘Haven’t ___ before?’

48 Nogales “now”

49 Idaho product, in dialect

51 Levels to the ground

53 At a ___ for words

54 “___ careful!”

55 Ending for hip or hoop

57 Distance runner Sebastian