Today's puzzle seemed to be in my wheelhouse. While I didn't know every answer ASAP, I was able to right my wrongs pretty quickly - the worst of which came early with "Like some cleaners." For some reason, I started with ALLsURfacE, which, thanks to the many letters that matched the correct answer (ALLPURPOSE), took the longest to correct. Elsewhere I tried vALES, but that was speedily corrected to DALES thanks to the nice DONTLOOKATME ("'Not my problem'").
I did get LOLA ("Lover of Tony in a hit 1978 song") right away - no surprises there! I also smiled at and dropped in ECHO for "Return some calls?" I enjoyed the aptness of the clue for SOAPOPERAS ("They're full of endless drama") - apt!
Really quite a HAUL of good clues throughout the puzzle, including the somewhat convoluted but clever "Kind of artist who's not very good?" (CON) and the pair of literary lights, "Hardy heroine" (TESS) and "Mother of Hamnet Shakespeare" (ANNE). I might also include in this group "Hogwarts house whose emblem is, surprisingly, an eagle" (RAVENCLAW). I hadn't noticed the birdscrepancy before.
Others I vant to VAUNT:
"One taking the high road?" (STONER)
"Lowest notes" (ONES)
"Greek spirits" (OUZOS) - ha!
I enjoy the appellation KITTENHEELS, but I wouldn't want to wear them. I'll also skip the ASPIC, despite its cold plate, thank you very much, but I will take advantage of my current location and go and enjoy a COOLBREEZE. I'll STOPBY again SOON to see what tomorrow WOOL bring.