Merry Xmas! Well, if ever there’s gonna be a themed puzzle related to the specific date, this is surely the day! And 48-across confirms it!
Once again, it’s the circles that matter in the long answers, not the long answers themselves.
Cookie baker: it’s a what, not a who
____ Bator: We got the other half of this yesterday. If you don’t know this one, it might be worth checking out words every puzzle fan should know
Early gig for Chase and Belushi, for short: Another one familiar to frequent solvers. Think initials of a TV show, not abbreviation
One with lots of experience: This one might make you think the whole long answer is the theme, especially the answer’s first word
El Prado works: Not all plurals have “S” at the end!
“Me, too!”: Only 5 letters, but 3, count ’em, 3 words. btw: DITTO is a common answer to this clue…but not here
Game with sets and runs: 2 words
Bryn Mawr grad, e.g. : Ever met a guy from Bryn Mawr…I don’t think so!
Race in an H.G. Wells novel: Another xword favorite. A very nice race they were, especially when properly cooked, according to the Morlocks. There’s a rumor that the Morlocks are demanding equal crossword puzzle time. Don’t think I’ve ever seen them in a crossword.
Corps of Engineers project: They build lots of stuff, but after Katrina, this is what they got a (bad) rep for.