Author: Michael Hawkins
Time Allotment: 20 minutes
Time Left: 5 minutes (+125)
Errors: 0 (+150)
Correct Words: 76 (+760)
Final Score: 1035
Longest solve time this week by a considerable margin, almost 2x. Again, as a good millennial, GHOSTED and RADIOSILENCE were basically gimme's. That gave GNC, STARGAZING, TATAS, and EKED (I have still not mastered eek v. eke) pretty quickly, continuing the 'upper left strategy'. BUZZKILL, EMAILED, NED followed shortly thereafter. Basically anything tech or GoT focused, I was set.
After that's where things really stalled out. It took me a good 4 minutes for my brain to come up with UNICORN. I wanted TEASED for MUSSED and couldn't generated UNSEAT for the life of me. HOTYOGA was originally VINYASA, I was never good enough at geography to know HOBART, but fortunately the crosses saved me and I eventually sussed it out.
Again, a moment of panic at the final letter, this time for BORGE/KLEE. And for one more day the crossword gods spared me.