"Timer manipulation" is no longer a thing.
You can actually save real-time by skipping the introduction by pausing during the intro dialogue, then clicking off the game and on it again.

I used to think that the in-game timer would only freeze but the dialogue would continue at the same rate. That's not the case.

So now the game will have to be timed real-time. I will be using both the IGT and RT for future runs to make it fair for everyone.

This new rule is retroactive, I will take care of the old run times. No worries about re-timing it yourself. However the old runners may want to run it again with the new trick and bring their times down.