If I had finished the puzzle 1 minute and 9 seconds faster, my time could have been 23:45. To me, that would have been cool, for reasons I can't explain and don't fully understand. Even though my time was not ideal, it's not too bad for a Friday for this solver - and that in the face of some very clever clues.
"Still on the line, say" (DAMP) - I was stuck on the phone.
"Command that one shouldn't follow" (STAY) - totally boss!
"It requires some assembly" (QUORUM) - this one's a win-win for the excellent clue and unusual fill.
Still, there are some ZESTY contenders in the QMC category as well. It will not surprise our regular readers to hear that when I read 35A: "A home?", OAKLAND did not jump to mind. On the other hand, when I read "Crack jokes, perhaps?" I immediately thought of the notion behind (so to speak) POTTYHUMOR, but I thought to myself, "oh, they won't go there." I was wrong to DOWD them. And how about UTERI for "Fetal positions?"- another good one squeezed in there.