I had trouble getting my schist together today, so I'm posting this review later than I wanted to, leaving me feeling a certain degree of kinship with today's theme. How, you ask, is this review like today's puzzle theme? It's off to a ROCKYSTART, that's how. Give the same treatment to the four theme answers and you'll find some common phrases crop up, from a flavor of ice cream (ROCKY) ROADRUNNER to an icon of film (ROCKY) BALBOAPARK - not to mention the inclusion of an interesting bit of history in the clue for (ROCKY) MOUNTAINDEW. Who knew beverage brands had mascots?
I had very little trouble with the solve today, which I chalk up to experience. My time was faster today than yesterday's, although, "Eating surface on an airplane" turned out to be surprisingly tuff one for this solver - I guess it's been too long since I've been on a plane. I thought PAPERJAM and WAKANDAN were fun fill. The clue "Communication during peak times?" (YODEL) was a real gneiss one.
Hopefully, tomorrow I'll be less sedimentary and start with a clean slate.