I woke up early today to get to the grocery store before most people. It paid off in that the store was empty and I was able to find a few things before they disappeared. Still no flour though. It seems other households are finding the same simple creature comforts necessary that we do. Yesterday, Cece made pumpkin spice chocolate chip muffins. Delicioso!
The other nice thing about getting up early was seeing Mr. Paolo Pasco's name on today's puzzle. What a great grid shape! It's a big S, with the north and south sections boasting a stack of a 12-, a 13- and a 14-letter answer.
Although I broke a TAD in the NW corner with the gimmes PEET and GRETA, I really found my stride in the middle of the puzzle, working off of HUR. I would argue that Mary Poppins would claim she never TRILLS. In the original movie, she sings with a bird. Maybe that's what they're thinking of. I didn't know ROSA or LEONORA, but was able to infer them from the context.
The bottom section moved pretty quickly for me. The lower stack is not as good as the upper one. But 56A: "Don't admit to anything!" (DENYDENYDENY) might be my candidate for my favorite answer of the year so far.
In any case, it's a VIVID puzzle with a lot of great entries, and I enjoyed solving it immensely. Very satisfying turn this week.