I don't usually talk about time on Sundays, but I will just say that I was very close to finishing this in half my average time for a Sunday. Whether that says more about my average or my performance today, I'll leave up to you, Dear Reader, but to me, it felt like it went by quickly. But what about the puzzle?
Nobody loves a circle, and this is not going to help the circle cause. The theme answers have various circles in them, and the circled letters spell out words that are already in the answer. Take SPLITSECOND (25A: Instant), for example. The first S is circled, and then all the letters in the word "second" except the first S, and together they spell out - surprise! - "second!" YAY! Let's look at another one - in TORNTOSHREDS (37A: In bits), the first two letters of "torn" are circled, and then all of the letters of "shreds," spelling out, "to shreds!" Wow.
So let's not talk about the theme anymore. And if you completely ignore it, as I did during my entire solve, you'll be much happier about the whole thing. The theme answers SPLITSECOND and TORNTOSHREDS on their own are quite good. DRIFTAPART, MINCEMEAT, INTERMINGLED, and the rest of the theme answers are all quite good. … wait, wait… I must be missing something, right? Because in UNBROKEN (112A: Whole) the circled letters spell out "Un." Obviously, I'm totally at sea here, so if someone can fill me in on what the theme really is, I'd appreciate it.
Given my inadequacy, I'm going to treat it as the lovely themeless that it is. PUBLICENEMY (3D: Chuck D, Flavor Flav, and DJ Lord, collectively) (oops, I mean 3D: "No. 1" person") is good, OBEISANCES (4D: Acts of deference) is lovely, TWOROOMFLAT (66D: Smallish London lodgings) is fine, and MELIKE (92D: Informal approval) is shockingly amusing. IMIGHT XOUT DIGHT, ORLE, and STAGY if I had my druthers, but I wouldn't want to appear to be too TESTY. Let's look on the bright side - FLIMSY, SCRAMBLEDEGGS, VINYL, and SPOTON are OKAYBYME.
I guess I can call it a wash.