It was something of a relief to see Mr. Quigley's name on a Monday, for a change. Some of you may remember us writing that his puzzle in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament was particularly brutal, and ever since then, when I see him late in the week I am struck with a twinge of panic. Today, however, his very sharp edge was sheathed, and only the very interesting handle was visible. (OK, that metaphor was a bit odd, but I think you get the idea...)
The theme answers running up and down the grid like a yoyo (very nicely done) are all lovely, and when YOYOTRICKS (26D: What 5-, 7-, 10- and 15-Down all are) is highlighted, the grid is filled with the color of theme. And even with all that, the rest of the fill is quite good. EGYPTIAN (24A: Cairo native) is especially nice. There's some of the usual stuff like LOO, MAS, AMO, ASSN, etc, but it didn't bother me today. I'm calling it a good Monday.