My time: 8:36, great for a Wednesday.
Bruce Haight feeds our hunger for more funny themes by serving up four food-related puns: IT'S NACHO PROBLEM, LET'S TACO BOUT IT, and YA WANNA PIZZA ME?. Frankly, I CANNOLI IMAGINE where he comes up with this stuff.
"All that JAZZ" is clued as if it is a common phrase, but it's actually a song from the musical Chicago and a semi-autobiographical musical by Bob Fosse, named after the song. I feel like it should have some identifying attribution.
"Northern Florida county seat" is OCALA, a city in Marion county, the 45th most populous in Florida. Not a huge cultural touchstone.
I have never heard of RONA Jaffe, a novelist best known for Mazes and Monsters, a fear-mongering book about the perils and evils of fantasy role-playing games. (Her first name was a clue on December 9, but about gossip columnist Rona Barrett.)
I did not know an ELM has "serrated leaves that taper to a point." I don't know much about trees.
I've seena few episodes of "VEEP," but I don't think I could have come up with the name of Julia-Louis Dreyfus' character Selina Meyer.
An ALTOcumulus cloud is a high, heaped cloud that sometimes signifies a cold front meeting a warm front.
Seiji OZAWA, "longtime Boston Symphony maestro," appeared as an answer yesterday. I'm surprised how often this happens.
William INGE, "playwright of the Midwest," won a Pulitzer prize for his play "Picnic," about an engaged woman who falls for someone else.
Clever clues: "Follower of a bullet" is ITEM. "John, in Britain" is LOO (not *IAN!).
I went through this puzzle with ZEST, because it matches my pre-existing SCHEMA.
My time: 6:43 . -- Benjamin Kramer serves us up an ace of a puzzle with this VOLLEYBALL-loving grid. The themed answers LIP SERVICE, th...
My time: 11:43 . -- Today we are treated to a themeless by Sam Ezersky. It's nothing jaw-dropping, but it's a solid Saturday. ...
My time: 17:47 , just one minute too slow for the record! -- Ross Trudeau collected a series of cryptids from divers geographical areas ...