My time: 5:23.
Jennifer Nutt gives us a fun theme to start with the week, with a series of longer entries that appear unrelated until you get to "creature found 'swimming' in" those clues: ORCA. Found in LIQUOR CABINET, PARLOR CAR, RADIATOR CAP, and WINDSOR CASTLE. The orca is also always cut in half; perhaps that would have made too gory a clue.
For "big wind" I had *GUST, but it was GALE so that slowed me down. Also I put *LIE for what turned out to be FIB.
"Like a five-star Yelp review" just doesn't seem like the best clue for IDEAL.
I have never heard of the "long-running PBS film series" P.O.V. It looks like a fascinating documentary series.
BLAT for "trombone honk" gave me a bit of pause as well, but it's a fair clue.
Did you know there were penguin and T. rex TOKENs in the new Monopoly set? There's also a rubber ducky. Too many birds!
And that's it for Monday at Ye OLDE Crossword Blogge.
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