LOTS OF GOOD ONES!Simple life?
CRUISE Bk. reviewers?
CPASIt's cut and dried
HAYMeans of support
This puzzle was tough for me, and I enjoyed it. Some clues that I struggled with were:Balances, e.g.: Abbr.
AMTS [amounts is so general it was tough to link with balances, which are specific (remains)]Byword
ADAGE [I don't think of a "byword" as a wise saying (which it was once) but a phase associated with someone.]Receipt
CHIT [I think of a chit as an IOU, not as something received.]Symbols of thinness
DIMES [I thought REEDS. "Thin as a dime" is a simile, and the dime seems more a comaparison than a symbol.]Kara Kum features
DUNES [I didn't know the place.]Bug-loving org.
NSA [I thought CIA.]Seasonal hrs.
EDT [I thought DST because EDT is specific.]Movie nerd, e.g.
STEREOTYPE [I'm not sure I have a mental picture of a movie nerd. Do they have pocket protectors and thick glasses?]
"Freestyle" performer, perhaps RAPPER [Didn't know there was such an animal --- swimmers and skaters I heard of.]
Pacers and Rangers EDSELS [I didn't know Edsels had models. I was thinking pro teams or autos.]
RE: "Half an incomparable mixture" for APPLES, a good entry by the way, I don't like the expression "comparing apples and oranges" to disparage a comaparison. They are fruits, after all, and certainly could be and are compared.