0:12:06 (sort of, probably should actually be a little longer)
started this one late last night, and got a pretty solid start in the
North, but then fell asleep. Then this morning I started it again on a
different device, and because we have very spotty internet, I began with
a fully re-set timer. So the time is not correct, but still, I don't
feel that this was terribly difficult.
whole thing feels pretty chunky, with 8/9-stacks in the upper left and
lower right, and 9-stacks in the other two. I like the SKIPJACKS/STETSONHAT/LAYSSIEGETO stack quite a bit, but DENTALEXAM/DATAMINERS/STAMPPADS is a little less exciting, the double P notwithstanding. And I just don't know what to make of ACTOFLOVE (30D: Selfless gesture) beside RATPOISON (31D: One use for arsenic). They're just so opposite!
I enjoyed the clues for STOOPS (9D: Gets down, in a way), SLAP (14D: Give an unexpected hand), and ADDER (25D: Summer). Tricky! "Private leaders" for CORPORALS was amusing, as was "Picked rock against paper, say" for LOST. Not especially tricky, that one, but I still appreciated it.
solid puzzle, and a fine end to the week. I'll hand this thing off to
Frannie tomorrow, and I'll see you in another few weeks.