My time: 4:55.
Julie Bérubé used all the crossword-constructing skills in her TOOL BOX to give us this puzzle. The theme, which I literally had no idea of until I came up for air and actually looked at the circled squares, showcases the names of tools hidden in phrases. GROUNDS CREW has screw; the Allmann Brothers album EAT A PEACH has tape, STAYS AWAY has saw; TUNA SASHIMI has shim; and so on.
I was a little shaky on the spelling (and pronunciation) of ESPADRILLE, a "shoe that ties around the ankle." The name comes from the esparto rope that makes up the sole of the shoe. For some reason I always think this word refers to a kind of dance.
ASH BLONDES ("some women with light-colored hair") is good fill.
On April 26, we got NIMBI, grey rain clouds. Today it's STRATI: sheetlike, flat, hazy clouds, low in the sky. Geez, get your clouds right, Michael.
"DuPont fiber" is ORLON, which was showcased on February 26. I had forgotten.
American Dance Theater founder ALVIN AILEY (holding a nail) appeared on April 19.
Clever clue: "One always making adjustments on the job?" is TAILOR.
This was pretty EASY, and fun. Still, I can't help wishing I had done it in LESS time.
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