Today's time: 9:10.
I love this theme, of TOO CLEVER BY HALF in which an expression is altered by an extra half, as in THIRTY QUESTIONS or a FIFTEEN FOOT POLE.
New to me: "Charles or Ray after whom a chair is named:" EAMES. It's a kind of leather lounge chair often paired with an Ottoman.
Forgotten in the dusty scrolls of the past: HI-HO, a "onetime Ritz rival." Hi Ho Crackers, once made by Sunshine Biscuits, no longer exist. Here's Radar from "MASH" putting Hi Ho Crackers into a slot machine for some goddam reason.
Apparently NAS raps "N.Y. State of Mind." I thought it was Jay-Z.
More old-timey food: NECCO candy wafers!
Clever clues: "High winds" are OBOES, "third person" is CAIN, "drilling grp." is ROTC.
My time: 6:43 . -- Benjamin Kramer serves us up an ace of a puzzle with this VOLLEYBALL-loving grid. The themed answers LIP SERVICE, th...
My time: 11:43 . -- Today we are treated to a themeless by Sam Ezersky. It's nothing jaw-dropping, but it's a solid Saturday. ...
My time: 17:47 , just one minute too slow for the record! -- Ross Trudeau collected a series of cryptids from divers geographical areas ...