My time: 9:08.
I liked the "collector" pun theme (for example, "stamp collector" = PASSPORT). One of the clues doesn't quite ft with the others --- stamp collecting, record collecting, and shell collecting are hobbies, but a "bill collector" is something else entirely.
In general, I thought the clues were unusually vague for a Tuesday; not frustrating or anything, just teasingly vague clues which I think usually belong on a Wednesday or later.
I really liked the original answers STANDING O, BITTER END, and TOOTLE. "Puff pieces" for PIPES is clever.
For "Japanese floor mat," I had the general idea in my head --- takami? kotami? --- but it is TATAMI, which sounds like it is a lacy friend (tat + ami).
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