NYT 3:46 ... LAT 2:45 ... CS 1:28 ... ND 2:00 ... CHE 2:45 ... WSJ 5:38 ... BEQ 4:40 ... MGWC 2:34
Nice double-shot of Doug Peterson in Newsday (including NEWSDAY in the fill!) and CrosSynergy. Then a super-sized Trip Payne in the CHE. And hey, I sort know LAT constructor Gareth Bain from the blogs (but haven't met him, since he's South African). What's next, Joon Pahk in the NYT? [Jaw drops upon opening applet]
Not as showy a fill as Joon's other themelesses, but smooth and chewy with great clues. JUT was my first fill and I immediately figured out CARJACK, and got lucky many times along the way with the right letters in place to crack the tough clues. [Biochemical arrangement] freaked me out when I had one letter, but when it was DN-? Gimme. Irony of ironies, the knottiest clue for me was ["___ in Love" ("Kismet" song)]. Don't know "Kismet", but I was sure I'd know the song even if it wasn't one of the famous ones. So I spent some time flicking the Rolodex before coming up empty and filling it from crosses.