Mr. Eaton-Salners has us covered right to left and front to back! All four theme phrases are RIGHTONTHEMONEY, as far as I'm concerned. They all begin with the direction, followed by a preposition and a noun phrase beginning with "the." That's consistency. And it ends with the beautiful BACKTOTHEFUTURE, one of the most perfect movies of all time. I suppose on rewatching in the days of #BLM and #MeToo, there are probably some cringe-inducing moments, but the spirit is in the right place, and it's filled with such memorable moments.
Also, how can anyone complain when your Monday puzzle starts off your whole week with 1A: Ogden who wrote "Farewell, you old rhinoceros, / I'll stare at something less prepoceros" (NASH)? If that doesn't induce some HAHAS, you're an old stick in the mud.
And my final difficulty today came by misreading the clue at 26A: Girl's name that sounds like two letters of the alphabet (EVIE) to include the word "first" before "two letters." "Abie?" I thought to myself. And even entered. It's not a girl's name that I've ever come across, but I convinced myself for a while.
All of that to explain why I wasn't under 4 minutes today.
Fun answers included IWASHAD and DISHY.
And with that, I'll SIGNOFF.