Theme: Brew - The last word of the first four theme entries can follow(chase) BEER.
17A. Type of government spending typified by the Bridge to Nowhere : PORK BARREL. Beer barrel.
25A. "Two Tickets to Paradise" singer : EDDIE MONEY. Clip.(3:56) BEER MONEY - Some extra money not needed for essential payments, which is available for spending on luxuries, hobbies, or simply going out for a beer. It is like "pin money".
37A. (At) maximum capacity : FULL BLAST. BEER BLAST - A large, usually boisterous party at which beer is the sole or principal beverage and is consumed in large quantities.
51A. Classic candy bean : JELLY BELLY. Beer belly
62A. Brew after a shot (and, in a way, what the end of 17-, 25-, 37-, or 51-Across can be) : BEER CHASER
Argyle here. Not as impressive as yesterday's but ok. Very similar lay-outs.
1. Detective Pinkerton : ALLAN. Maybe C.C.has some insight on this gentleman.
6. Bug-eyed with excitement : AGOG
10. Formally give up : CEDE
14. Let, as a flat : LEASE
15. Place for doves, not hawks : COTE. A small shelter for pigeons, sheep, etc
16. x or y line : AXIS
19. Tach measures: Abbr. : RPMs
20. Very old: Abbr. : ANC.ient
21. More furtive : SLIER
22. Disco __ : ERA
23. Unlike Wabash College : CO-ED. One of the few remaining liberal arts colleges for men only. Crawfordsville, IN, northwest of Indianapolis.
29. "Gunsmoke" star James : ARNESS. Here with his brother, Peter Graves.
31. "We're outta here!" : "LET'S GO!". See 25-Across.
32. Doctor's request : SAY, "AH"
33. Studio warning : ON AIR
36. Long, long time : EON
40. "Because I said so!" elicitor : "WHY?"
43. Bad time for a procrastinator : TODAY. "Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow." Then repeat.
44. Planet's path : ORBIT
48. Big honey brand : SUE BEE. Image.
50. Fishing line tangles : SNARLS
55. Michelle of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" : YEOH. Image.
56. 57-Across brand : LEE
57. Casual pants : JEANS
59. Bird: Prefix : AVI
60. Flat-topped rise : MESA
64. Poet Khayy�m : OMAR
65. Beige shade : ECRU
66. Absorb a loss, slangily : EAT IT
67. Responsibility : DUTY
68. Eyelid affliction : STYE
69. Spars on board : MASTS. No, not a shipboard donnybrook.
1. Llama relatives : ALPACAs. "Are you lookin' at me?"
2. "Il Trovatore" soprano : LEONORA. The character's name.
3. Grand or petit crime : LARCENY
4. Look for answers : ASK
5. Birds' bills : NEBS
6. Pungent : ACRID
7. Injured in the bullring : GORED. Film at 11:00, you don't want to see this at breakfast.
8. "SNL" alum Cheri : OTERI. Cheri Oteri Pictures.
9. Hair-holding goo : GEL
10. Metaphorical incentive : CARROT. Image. Maybe a new hat would be a better incentive.
11. Broad area : EXPANSE
12. Lower, as lights : DIM
13. Twisting shape : ESS
18. Quaffs in tankards : ALES
22. Rock music's __, Lake & Palmer : EMERSON
24. Unwilling to listen : DEAF
26. "Splendor in the Grass" director Kazan : ELIA. 1961 film.
27. Self-esteem : EGO
28. Over there, to Milton : YON
30. Sleep, informally : SHUT-EYE
33. Like the hills? : OLDer than the hills.
34. Miami Heat gp. : NBA. Basketball
35. Prince __ Khan : ALY
38. Leopold's co-defendant : LOEB. Killers. Do you notice a dark tone to this puzzle?
39. Butler's carrying aid : TRAY
40. N.Y. financial paper : WSJ. The Wall Street Journal.
41. Color : HUE
42. Bawls out : YELLS AT
45. Chicken choices : BREASTS. This should bring out Dennis and/or Lois.
46. "That's perfect as is!" : "I LOVE IT!"
47. Casual tops : T-SHIRTS
49. Clouded, as vision : BLEARY
50. Harmony : SYNC
52. Unique button in 007's Aston Martin : EJECT. One way to get rid of pesky passengers.
53. Suspicious : LEERY. What you should be if James Bond offers you a ride.
54. Oater star Lash : LARUE. Popular western motion picture star of the 1940s and 1950s. He had exceptional skill with the bullwhip.
58. Noah's firstborn : SHEM
60. Stylish, in the '60s : MOD
61. Outback runner : EMU
62. Teachers' degs. : BEs. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)
63. Little battery : AAA
Note from C.C.:
Happy 81st Birthday to dear Sallie!