NYT 5:20 ... LAT 4:28 ... CS 2:13 ... ND 9:00
Love that Karen Tracey! I hit a brick wall with four squares to go and about four minutes on the clock, in the "NoCal" region where WISP and HOAR meet WHIP and IONA. Nothing seemed to make sense since I wanted GASP instead of WISP, and I kept removing the first two letters of INHIBITION in case it was supposed to be DEHIBITION or EXHIBITION or something. But no, just good cluing. Finally figured out [Party leader] -- which is such a standard clue that it shouldn't have fooled me -- and finished. Points off for IONA and IONE in the same grid, and this may be the least Scrabbly KMT themeless in recent memory, but who cares, it was still plenty of fun.
New name on the Saturday Stumper: Sandy Fein. (Probably a pseudonym?) He, or she, turned in a good one with what seemed to be harder-than-usual clues. Brad Wilber's LAT includes AWNINGED (ick) but also PRBLITZ and SYNTHPOP (mmm).