15-Across – Aces, with “the”: 2 words. “Aces” is slang and so is the answer. Or what some people hear every time they open a can of tuna.
17-Across – One getting poked in the eye?: Not, not the eye on a face or a potato. And the answer is the poker not the pokee
4-Down – “The Hippopotamus” writer: IONESCO fits, but he wrote Rhinoceros, not hippo. 2 inits, then the last name.
33-Across – Completely covers: I wanted BLANKETS but this isn’t a Thursday where you squeeze multiple letters into a single square. Think of bombing runs or living rooms.
47-Across – Put on the line: I wanted WAGERED, but that’s too short. Turns out it’s not about betting at all, although it might involve betting on the weather.
30-Across – IRS settlement: I don’t know if it’s a settlement exactly. Guess so. This way of “settling” can be very painful to some, but not to the IRS.
46-Across – Film hero chasing a motorcycle gang: 2 words…And who would have thought he knew how to speak Aramaic???
53-Across – Target of thrown bricks, in early comics: What, they didn’t appreciate his singing? No, they didn’t. Guess he wasn’t the 15-Across.