When's the last time you thought of the expression SUCKEDFACE (Necked, jocularly)? Hah! When I saw it I thought "There's a GUTSY entry!" Certainly more exciting than SQUAREFEET (Apartment units) ... but "Fans of the Bible?" was a fun clue for PALMFRONDS, and two out of three ain't bad. And finishing off the Across answers in that NW section are TAKES (Perspectives) and ATEAM (Starters), both of which are solid. And did you notice that "sprite" fits nicely in where FRESCA (Alternative to 7Up) belonged? I say Sprite is closer, but FRESCA is certainly an alternative, much like a MANGOLASSI would be. Mmm.... MANGOLASSI ...
Anybody else try MAIDENhood at 12D: Something that might be sacrificed at the altar? (MAIDENNAME). I guess if that were to have been it, the clue would have needed to be "Something that is always sacrificed ...".
My big FLAW today, if you're interested in a dreaded AUDIT, started with me not being able to give up WHite at 34D: "With 36-Down, what plasma may be removed from" (WHOLE BLOOD). CHiPS didn't seem perfect for "Talent, in slang" (CHOPS), but CASHiNHAND seemed right, and although KitA didn't seem at all good for "____ nut" (KOLA), I figured I don't know every nut there is ... In the end, maybe I hadn't had enough coffee, but I all too quickly said OHFORGETIT and looked up the answer. Sigh.
That bit of bad luck aside, I thought this puzzle had a lot of POP. FASHIONABLYLATE (Not on time, but that's OK) was fun running through the middle, BLACKMAGIC and SLEEPYHEAD (One who's about ready to go out?) were lovely, and the only real price to pay was TARSAL. And maybe CASHONHAND. Kidding! :)