Somehow I dipped down into the 68-word range with this one—had been making an effort to stay at the 70-entry mark with the puzzles I submit to David for the The Puzzle Society venue in hopes of keeping the fill on the moderate toughness plane, but I must have shifted or dropped a pair of black squares along the constructing way. The result still feels smooth and solvable, however. Enjoy!
As Mark alluded to, finding a smooth fill for a 68-word grid is much harder than for a 72-word grid. Judging by how polished this grid is, though, you'd never guess! I don't see a single major obscurity, and Mark even threw in some zip with entries like CIABATTA, GOD FORBID, WINGED IT, DR PEPPER, IDEAL MATCH, SKI CAP, and CHERRY STEM. I also enjoyed seeing YEAR TO DATE in the grid, since it almost always appears abbreviated as YTD in crossword grids. To all the crossword-solving dads out there, Happy Father's Day!