Today's time: 6:07.
I know that these times, registered on my phone as I tap in answers, are probably a bit longer than if I were writing with pencil and paper. For one thing I wouldn't accidentally write things like *BULL MOOSR and not notice, thus ending up spending a precious extra minute searching for the typo. But the online format also sometimes helps, as when it points out I have an error, which in paper would be a big DNF. So it's probably a wash.
Today's grid, by Bruce Haight, featured the theme of rhyming phrases, crossed in their middles: HANDY DANDY, HOITY-TOITY, HOTSY-TOTSY (this appeared recently, but I didn't note when), NAMBY-PAMBY, etc.
"California's old Fort ORD" is now a national monument (thanks, Obama!) that is home to several endangered species.
Hey, for once "Arizona tribe" is HOPI, not Ute!
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