Thankfully, today's solve made me feel a little better about yesterday's DNF. There was a ton of stuff I didn't know in the puzzle, but still I solved it in a better-than-average time - for me - for a Saturday.
I didn't know DAMASCUS as the Mideast's City of Jasmine, HILARY B. Price, creator of "Rhymes with Orange," Sainted Archbishop ANSELM of Canterbury, Tara REID of the "Sharknado" films, SEGNO (score mark indicating a passage to be repeated), COACHK, IMARETS, ELENAS, SEASNAKE, and I've never heard of a JOBJAR. But, that didn't matter.
DAMASCUS is a solid 1A for a Saturday. Well, for any day really. I'd love to visit there some time. I liked the obscure STANHOPE carriage - a type I've heard of, but wasn't able to get without a few crosses. I started with barouche, which also happened to fit the squares, but probably not the description. I'm a little foggy on the finer points of your various horse-drawn vehicles.
I loved the MRMAGOO reference. "You've done it again." Ha! Part of a Connecticut trio? (CEE, 50A) didn't fool me for long. I was not familiar with HOTPEPPEREMOJIS as Sext symbols, but color me intrigued. I also like understated 41A Earnings in slang for BACON. 52D Small scrap had a nicely ambiguous clue that turned out to be SPAT. And ZIMBABWEAN has some hot ticket letters in it.
So, what's my beef? you ask. The answer TBONE. That's an odd duck of a clue/answer pair, if I ever saw one. Also, I think 32A could have used a better clue than Knotted for INATIE. 6D COSMICJOKE is kind of a cool answer, but I don't know of an example that fits the description. Anyone have one they want to share?