Today's time: 4:52, nearly good enough.
I couldn't finish Sunday's, or rather, I let it beat me. It just got too much of a slog. It was a TKO. No más, I cried. Today's is by Alan Arbesfeld. The theme is four phrases with words ending with -ay followed by it. I know, it's rather thin, but it's a daily puzzle --- they can't all be gems. The theme answers are SAY IT AIN'T SO, PAY IT FORWARD, LAY IT ON THICK, and PLAY IT BY EAR.
I was slowed down by putting the more elegant *EMBER for "the glowing part of a fire." It's meant to be the rather bafflingly mundane FLAME. Boo.
Thinking football, I put *TEXAS for "Cowboys' home," but it's the song-evoking RANGE.
Enya, that Irish New Age singer beloved by crossword constructors, apparently got nominated for an Oscar for a song from Lord of the Rings: "MAY IT BE."
Here's corrupt shitbag corporate raider Carl ICAHN again! He was obscure enough for a Saturday puzzle on November 18, but apparently is Monday fodder now.
The NATS of Washington are the Nationals, the D.C. baseball team.
What is an OSAGE orange? It's a tree actually related to the mulberry that has those weird heavy bumpy green grapefruit-sized fruit. It is also called hedge apple, bois d'arc, or horse apple.
That's the end! YAY! But AVON to do even better.
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