My time: 4:00 even.
You may need to make use of INSIDE INFO to solve this one by Ali Gascoigne. Four themed answers have info inside them: TINFOIL HAT, OUT IN FORCE, YOU'RE IN FOR IT NOW, and BRAIN FOODS ("blueberries and fatty fish, nutritionists say").
I didn't have any inside info on ANNA Chlumsky, who plays Amy Brookheimer in "Veep."
"Tennis great Nadal, to fans" is RAFA, for Rafael. Rafa is also the title of his autobiography. I put *RAFE at first.
"EATIN' good in the neighborhood" is a trademarked slogan of Applebee's.
Walled Spanish city AVILA last appeared on May 30, 2018.
"The Blacklist" actress Christine LAHTI was showcased on August 20, 2018.
Brand of sparkling wine Martini & ROSSI first puzzled the heck out of me on November 15, 2018.
Clever clue: "One who's always looking for a lift?" is SKI BUM.
Not much new here. I did it in a flash! The theme was somewhat simple; all in all, FAIR for a Monday.
Monday, February 4, 2019
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 ...