I suggest you check the oil for gas mixed in there. It sure sounds like the floats are leaking fuel into one or more cylinder. Wet plugs won't discharge a timing light as they represent a dead short to ground. Starts and runs fine the rest of the day. Ok so it isn't leaking that bad but it's leaking.
The only way to prove or disprove it is to let it sit overnight. Before attempting a start remove the plugs and check for wet with gas. If not plug them into the plug wires and leave them touching the heads. Then crank it.. I'm betting a fireworks display will result as each of the cylinders pushes the raw gas out through the plug holes and is ignited by the spark plugs.
Another hint was that you said it cranks then hydros slightly. If it were hydro locked you'd notice it on the first 2 revolutions at most. What you are probably hearing is a flooded cylinder dieseling and fighting the starter.
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