HOOHA what a theme! You need to DOO a little AURAL work on the OUTSET of each of the theme answers, then you'll hear what you might if you held a conch SHELL to your ear: the tide; a wave; the current; possibly an eddy. INANE, but fun.
The bonus Down answers are all strong today: ANYTIMENOW ("We're waiting ..."), RAKESIN (Earns and earns and earns), URCHINS (Spiny sea creatures), and MALODOROUS (Stinky).
I loved the clue for 1D: Drink sucker-upper (STRAW). Hah! And SLAIN (Done in, as a dragon) is a good word. So close to "Sláinte," but so far away.
I don't suppose I should make any connection between SEXY and RACK. No - this is a PRIM blog now that Huygens has moved on. I don't want to jump start my own METOO moment.
Here, the ETE is two thirds over, and in Quebec it probably is already over. Heh. (Hi Philbo!)
Hey, one last thing. Everyone knows the title, but I never remember who wrote "Twice-Told TALES." Well, it was Nathaniel Hawthorne. It has been called the "most influential book of 1837," and E. A. Poe wrote a review of the collection in which he said of Hawthorne: "... we look upon him as one of the few men of indisputable genius to whom our country has yet given birth." High praise indeed.