Today's time: 18:14.
It's a themeless by Peter Wentz! I found it pretty easy for a Friday.
I loved BADA-BING for "and there you have it!" I know there will be haters for that clue. I loved it. And Paulie and Silvio told me they loved it too.
Lots of great and modern fill all over this one: BB SHOT, EPISODE I, USB PORT, ICLOUD, ARCANA, GUY FAWKES MASK ("symbol for a member of Anonymous," which was the first thing I filled in, right across the puzzle). The only clunker, to me, is ALE HOUSE. Andy Capp goes to a pub.
"Twerps" is SNIPS. Yes; see definition 3 in Mirriam-Webster.
"Inverse function in trigonometry" is ARCSINE. I mentioned on Tuesday that I don't know anything about math. All I know about arcsine is it's a button on a calculator. The arcsine is defined as the inverse of the sine function, which would be great if I knew what that was.
I knew "dated women?" would be some kind of joke, and when I saw FAIR emerging I wondered briefly if it might mean set in the past, like wenches at a Renn Faire, but it's the out-dated term FAIR SEX (though I think fairer sex is used more often).
I am the single most clueless-about-sports American male, an ongoing series: I live in Texas, and couldn't figure out who the "Longhorn rival" was without a lot of help from crossfill.
John Jordan "Buck" O'NEIL was the first black coach in Major League Baseball, I think maybe for the Cubs? His Wiki article seems primarily enamored of is Negro Leagues stats.
The one answer that gave me the most trouble was HODA KOTB. She's Egyptian-American. Her name registers as total gibberish to me. She's a co-host of "The Today Show." Even after a complete fill, I looked at it and thought, what's Hodak O.T.B? (Hodak Ol' Tirty Bastard??)
For "places for nightstands" I had *BEDROOMS but it's the more apt BEDSIDES.
For "chucklehead" I had *NITWIT but it's DIMWIT. Fooled me good!
"Butterfly KOI (fish)" is new to me. I mean, I've heard of koi, but not this type. It is also called dragon carp, which we can all agree is way cooler.
I also didn't know that a gibbon is a kind of LESSER ape. Them and orangutans. Of course, who made those rankings? A gibbon might call itself a great ape, and humans a lesser hominid. The winner always gets to write history and dictate terms.
Clever clues: "things non-PC people buy?" is MACS (I put that in confidently right off). "Sources for labor pains?" is SCABS.
And that's all the things that gave me pause. No MOW for me.
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