Okay! In just a little more than a week, I've completed my crossword puzzle item! I gave up on last week's Thursday puzzle, but I managed to crack this one, eventually.
This was exactly the kind of puzzle I didn't like. The theme involved the big clue down the center--San Andreas Fault. And any word that crossed that center strip had "slippage" and the other clues--PATCHOFICE and BANANAPEEL referenced slipping, so there was a clue, there, but... well, it was hard because it was hard to read.
I had to do a fair amount of checking, on this one, too.
I'm going to continue to do these, I think, even though this completes my list item. It's a good exercise for my brain, doncha think?