My time: 16:57, close but no cigar.
I enjoyed this themeless by Damon Gulczynski. I got the long fills --- PABLO NERUDA, GENDER BINARY, GIVE ME A RING, and JOLLY RANCHER, OVER THE HUMP, etc. --- pretty easily.
Is a zinger really a MOT? Doesn't it have to be a bon mot?
SET SHOT is not a term I'm familiar with.
I also learned that POI (mashed taro root) can be eaten fresh or after it has fermented a bit.
RELO ("type of property, in real-estate lingo") is a term of art that no one else needs.
It's clever to note that TRES is a French word and also a different Spanish word.
I eat a lot of sushi, but I don't drink beer, so ASAHI (a beer company) is not something I know about.
Judith HOAG, yet another actress I don't know from a TV series I don't watch.
Raqqa is a city in SYRIA that has been devastated by civil war and airstrikes from the USA and other countries.
Clever clues: "Puny arms?" is BB GUNS; "appropriate game" is POACH (as a teacher, I kept thinking of a game appropriate for kids); "mushroom producers" is not *SPORES but A-BOMBS.
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 ...