Constructor: Randolph Ross
Time: 31:06. Got incorrect at 25:00. Thought maybe I needed to put the second letter instead of the first letters of the states. Still incorrect. Changed back. Still incorrect. Rage against NYT online site running at high tide! Cue up rant!
Went over to Rex...saw in about two seconds that the "IN HER Majesty's Secret Service" that was the v. first answer I'd seen and not filled in b/c it was five letters should be ON HER. Did my AS IF make sense for "Beginning with"? Think so...math and all that. So is this a Natick to rage at until the light dies on all planets in the galaxy? Well, MR is mad, all right!
But...I'm hoist by my own petard, based on my line in a previous post that if ya can google it easily ya really shouldn't get uptight about it if yer an online solver as MR is. How about raging at the NYT for not giving clear rebus instructions on the online site? Much as I feel the rage, that's a no, cuz that would tip off the puzz way too much. So...no ethics rant after all today...MR tails off into a piteous whimpering bleat.