For me, this played relatively easy for a Friday, apart from a couple of squares. I spent almost six of the above minutes trying ERHARD to figure out the cross between GEODESISTS ("Experts in determining the exact shape and size of the earth") and ADIA ("___ Barnes, W.N.I.T.- winning basketball coach") in the top section. As far as Ms. Barnes is concerned, I was drawing a complete BANC. Eventually, I decided an "ists" ending for the earth measurers was a likely possibility and went with that. The other square that ABE me trouble was the cross between GNARS ("Goes 'Grrrr'") and KNOTS ("Gut feelings?") in the lower middle. According to The Googles, 'gnars' hit its peak of popularity in the 1850s. Good times.
I liked the ambiguous clue "Not so hot"(MILD). "Got" for FOOLED is another such. "Counter offer, for short?" (BLT) is also nice. I love a reference to Bumblebee Man (AYCARAMBA), although my preferred exclamation of his is, "Ay ay ay, no me gusta."
And speaking of "no me gusta," I think BARRAGE for "Avalanche" is something of a SNO job. And speaking of, 'Avalanche' was a recent pangram in Spelling Bee. How's that for a word nerd crossover event?!?