My time: 6:40.
What the heck, Peter A. Collins?! This is difficult stuff for a Monday! Even knowing the quote in full by heart (WHAT WE'VE GOT / HERE IS FAILURE TO / COMMUNICATE, from COOL HAND LUKE), I recorded a crap time for a Monday.
The Naked MAJA (originally, La maja desnuda) is an 1800 oil painting by Francisco Goya. A maja, I just now learned, is a term for a member of the lower classes in Spanish society, knwon for their elaborate dress and "cheeky behavior."
For "have the wheel" I put *DRIVE; it's STEER.
I had a hard time remembering the name of DAPHNE DuMarnier, author of Rebecca, and needed a good bit of crossfill.
I may have heard of TRU TV but since I don't even watch network TV, it's not something I know about or remember. Looks like a bunch of dumb unscripted shows. Street pranksters?! Sign me up!
OTOE was last seen, as far as I recall, in the August 13 puzzle.
And camera type SLR reappears, last seen October 29.
I think "Fall bloomer" is a pretty vague clue for ASTER. However, I can't say getting more specific would have helped me personally.
Olympic hurdler EDWIN Moses is not someone who springs to mind readily. Ha ha! Springs!
Pulitzer-prize winning author James AGEE (not to be confused with award-winning picture book author Jon Agee) wrote A Death in the Family, which won the Pulitzer. Interestingly, it was adapted by another author into a play, "All the Way Home," which also won a Pulitzer prize.
Compromising Positions was written by Susan ISAACS, an author of whom I know nothing.
MITA was a "document imaging company" that has since been swallowed up by Japanese ceramics and electronics company Kyocera, and is way too obscure for a Monday.
Clever clue: "One poked through the eye?" is LACE.
That was a lot MOE hard than I expected. I feel like a DORIC for not doing better.
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