I'm ending the week on a high note! Today's time is my third fastest this week, and the fastest after the turn. And not even the threat of a FWOE.
I was amused, but not fooled, by "Medium state" (TRANCE). "One watching the kids?" (GOATHERD) is also entertaining. I liked "Where many stop and smell the rosés" (NAPA). And British slang, NOB, for aristocrat is just plain funny. My favorite clue of the day was "Substitute teacher?" (ROGET). Chortle.
I thought the pair of clues: "Doesn't travel, say" (DRIBBLES) and "Doesn't inhale, say (SAVORS) were clever.
The long downs in vertical stacks in the north and south were both good. I especially liked BLINDSPOTS and RUMORHASIT. Of the long horizontals, I liked "Just barely reacts" (BATSANEYE). Overall, a FUN puzzle and a SUPERDUPER finish to the week. :)