It's a new week, and I have to say I'm disappointed in myself for last week's steps output. I kind of thought that being in Triathlon training would help me get above at least 70,000 a week. Instead, I fell below. I know, I know, that's on me. Still, it turns out that you can't take your step-counting device (in my case, a Withings) into the pool with you. Damn shame.
Anyway, Monday's puzzle turns out to be a pretty good one. I like the progression of the ERODED theme, from "boulder" to "rock" to "pebble" to "dust". All four theme entries are solid answers, with ROCKLOBSTER being my favorite for nostalgia's sake. You could nitpick and say the last answer should really be "sand" based from an erosion perspective. Rocks don't turn to dust unless they're pulverized, right? But it didn't bother me too much, so I'll give it a pass.
There was enough room for two strong down answers, PAPERTRAIL and KNOWBYNAME. There wasn't much in the way of annoying answers. You'd think I'd know who Ron ELY was by this time, but honestly, I didn't even see the clue and answer until after finishing the puzzle.
I like 29D: [not my mistake] (SIC). So blunt.
1A: Online pics that often move (GIFS) gets a B+, because:
P.S. RIP David Bowie. I look forward to listening to your latest, and as it turns out, your last record. 26 studio releases over 47 years. That's amazing.