My time: 5:03, pretty good!
John Lieb has fun with the word TRIDENTS. Five themed answers have triple letters, but not just any letters --- taken in order north to south, they spell D-E-N-T-S. The themed answers are ODD DUCKS, FREE EMAIL, SUE ANN NIVENS ("Betty White's role on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'"), PITT THE ELDER, and DRESS SIZE.
For "fedEx alternative" I fell into the *UPS trap but it's DHL. A German company headquartered in Bonn, it was founded by Americans. The name is a combination of their last names' initials.
LATTE ART is "craftsmanship from a barista." I like that fill.
A SONATINA is just a shorter, lighter, easier sonata.
October has two choices for birthstones: you can go for tourmalines or OPALS.
DANA Perino is another of those blonde eye candy talking heads on Fox. Ugh.
The SAAR Coal District is a region in the state of Saarland. Changing hands with French a few times in its history, was famed for its coal production. Not so much anymore.
I saw the movie Rent but I'm not a BOHEMIA nut or anything. MIMI Marquez is the character who is the HIV-positive junkie exotic dancer who pairs up with Roger.
"Cherish those hearts that HATE thee" is advice Wolsey gives Cromwell in Shakespeare's "King Henry VIII."
UNIcode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems. The system is maintained by the creepy-sounding Unicode Consortium.
Clever clues: "Place for a sweater" is SAUNA. "Snitch" is SING.
Fun, pretty easy puzzle with a very pleasing theme. I didn't get the record, but you have to try hard and ERN that.
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 ...