Yaakov Bendavid's puzzle was a smooth solve. After getting beaten up yesterday and Friday, I had a decent time today. Not that I care about that, but, well, I do...one can accurately identify oneself as a person with a far lower puzzle IQ than many others and still have a measure of pride.
Both the theme and the fill worked fine for me. As a semi-barbarian who doesn't honor the difference between "we" and "wheel" and "way" and "whale" as faithfully as Rex does, THE ROYAL WE and GET OUT OF THE WHALE (the first theme answer I got), were not problems. The middle fill, especially WEB MD and HEMATIC (got the incorrect signal and lost a minute or so cuz I had the dopy LUMPS instead of MUMPS for the M of HEMATIC) was my biggest trouble area. But the fill that hung me up was in fact good. There was some weak stuff, like REGLUE, which helped me crack the top and NW. But overall, the fill, the thematics, and the high level of white space noted by Rex made this a perfectly decent Sunday puzz.