Today's puzzle proved to be a worthy adversary for this solver. I ended up with one of my highest solve times in a while (44:26), but I was satisfied with that because I *did* finish it with no errors. Huzzah!
Although I had trouble spots all over the place, the most difficult section for me was the southeast. I won't YAMMERON about all the wrong turns I took, but one in particular caused so much trouble I was about ready to SCRIM. At 37D: "Place where shells are put away?" I had the reasonable - or so I thought - PASTABAR. Didn't we just have NOODLEBAR yesterday? Anyhoo, that was the wrong kind of shells, my friends. When PASTABAR failed at various cross points, I tried 'tratoria' (maybe a variant spelling?), and when that didn't work, I was was stymied. As if that weren't enough trouble, off to the right, I headed down the garden path with "Apple selection?" by entering 'Icon' instead of IMAC. Derp. I also had the - again, IMHO - reasonable SUITSME for "'Why, yes indeed!'" When I did finally get the correct QUITESO, then and only then, could I see TACQUERIA, a locale that is not exactly in my wheelhouse. Also, way out in left field for this solver was "Standing at home, say" for UPTOBAT. While SAMSMITH and CAREBEARS are in my databanks, if you're wondering how much associated information is in there with them, I'd have to say NOTALOT. "Belly badges" were not in there, but they are now, for better or worse. The one thing that kept me going was that I *knew* "Rowlf the Dog and Robin the Frog, for two" were MUPPETS. REALMATURE. :)
I enjoyed the very rarely seen "Soft-soap" for COAX - nicely followed up by a totally different kind of soap - TELENOVELA. And how about the very trixy "What comes before a bet?" ALEPH? For some reason, I enjoyed TAPETO as an answer. So random. "Draw" for LURE was very good. And how about, "Low call" for MOO. Splendid.