My time: 40:23. Another kicking around the clock, but I took him down in the end.
Love those long answers --- MI CASA ES SU CASA, I NEVER SAID THAT, ROMANTIC PERIOD, ICING ON THE CAKE.
I got stuck on a lot of tough, vague clues. For "routine" I got stuck on the meaning of "well-known schedule" but it turned out to mean SHTICK.
"What Pérez Prado was King of" turns out to be THE MAMBO. Always fascinating nickname trivia from Wikipedia: "He was nicknamed "El Cara de Foca" ("Seal Face") by his peers at the time." King of the Mambo is a better nickname. Because I'm not exactly a Mambo King myself, I initially had *THE MAMBA.
A DIODE is a two-terminal electronic component that conducts primarily in one direction, so "current director" is pretty clever!
Here's IAN Somerhalder of 'The Vampire Diaries." I really don't watch a lot of TV.
Ohm's Law states that the current, measured in AMPS, through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the voltage across the two points. So much electricity in this puzzle.
"Humiliating defeats" is the stupid ROMPS, not the *ROUTS it ought to be. For "fish preserved in olive oil" I had *HERRING but it's SARDINE.
A cardioid figure is shaped like a fat heart, which has a lot of ARCs. Watch the Wikipedia animated example.
"Label producer" is AVERY, a company that make self-adhesive labels.
Mo King UDALL, "longtime Arizona politician," I vaguely remember for the bit of trivia that he was briefly on the Denver Nuggets.
ESA-Pekka Salonen is a name I won't remember ten minutes from now, probably.
"Chamber of commerce?" is SHOP; that's pretty weak wordplay.
I never heard of Miami (resident: MIAMIAN) being called "Capital of Latin America," but there we are.
Clever, ambiguous clues abound: "gross" is EARN, not an adjective. "It might have a tent sale" is REI. "Old ball and chain?" is MACE. "Small square" is ONE.
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