Well, it is Friday, so one shouldn’t be surprised it’s a bit of a killer for all but the most crossword-wise of us. Since it’s Friday, it’s also themeless, so a few hints:
Fever that reached America in the mid-1960’s: No, not a disease, though some parents thought it was.
Nominee who was the subject of a 2006 filibuster attempt: Most NYT readers undoubtedly still wish the filibuster had succeeded! Well known last name, first name common enough, but rarely referred to.
Major Eur. oil producer: a 4-letter abbreviation with oil. Well, think of the even bigger oil producer that’s almost part of Europe and once you get a down clue or two you’ll figure it out.
Matter found in briefs: No, NYT is not getting risqué, so maybe it’s a different kind of brief(s).
Digital evidence?: Pay attention to that question mark!
Toss down Tequila: 2 words
Publisher with a borzoi logo: What the hell is a borzoi? Not that it would have helped me. What publisher has a low tolerance for vowels?
Relative of John Bull: With the accent on the word “relative” John Bull: England as ______ : United States; (I though John Bull might be a beer at first!)
They indicate shyness: this particular use of shy has been showing up a lot lately
Bazooka Joe’s company: Poor Bazooka Joe, he was always so stiff and flat and stale. Must have been the company he kept. Still it was high company, not low.
Rascal, in slang: Never heard of this word. Sounds like someone who should have been hanging out with Bilbo Baggins.
Percolate: 2 words, the second of which does not indicate a direction
Virtuous behaviors, in Hinduism: Jeez, I always thought they were just bums.