This went fast! I was astonished to see my time. Did it play easy for others?
I entered the puzzle quickly with SHANIA, a gimme. Some nice answers in the NW, including WHOAWHOA and HARDSELL. 1A: Like the national currency known as the tala (SAMOAN) gets a B for the trivia. Apparently the name is a transliteration of "dollar". It's a bit of a strange piece of cluing, that "known as".
The minitheme, appropriate for the time of year (like yesterday's puzzle), is very cute: ALLHALLOWSEVE crossing LORDVOLDEMORT.
Otherwise, I also liked LIFEHACK, LASERBEAM, and IWONTDOIT. I was astonished to find that the first TEDTALK was given in 1984. Boy, that seems like a long time ago. I guess it wasn't shown on any kind of internet. Turns out it was a conference, and the second didn't happen until 1990.
I guess EREADERS are here to stay. I accept that word much more than any other E- type phrase. ARMPIT and VERBOTEN, on the other hand, I could do without.
I just went through all the clues: there's really not a truly tricky one among them, and I suppose that's what led to the quick time of the solve.
So overall it was fun, but not challenging enough for a Friday, in my opinion.
I thought it went pretty quickly until I saw Colum's time! My Friday times are generally in the mid- to upper-20s lately. I thought that there were a couple of tricky crosses: IDIOLECT/BOLA, and the TEDTALK would have been tricky if the crosses weren't somewhat fair (ARMPIT was a surprise). I guess there was only that one tricky cross for me, come to think of it. Oddly, LEFIGARO went right in with only a cross or two, since we've seen it so often. I never heard of Norman MINETA. I enjoyed HISSAT and VERBOTEN (a word not used often enough, IMO, even though Colum doesn't like it), in addition to those answers mentioned in a more positive light by Colum. Decent Friday.
Yeah, this was an easy Friday. "Certain Logic Gate" (NOT) might have been the hardest clue, and crossing IDIOLECT is kind of tough. But overall, there wasn't much friction. That said, I still enjoyed it. The LEFIGARO trivia was interesting.