Constructor: Caleb Madison
Time: 33:02. Got incorrect at 31:40, had the typo BREAN-NYA. Last area to fall was the SC w/ the EASTER EGG reveal; didn't know the modern meaning and thought the answer had something to do with intellectual property protection; getting LEG UP finally cracked the area. Wasn't enjoying self; was tempted to Google but didn't. Had HARMONICA and WENT EASY ON in the SW for a while. Hand up w/ Rex and Evan for EAU in the NC. Played harder than average for me; got destroyed by tushnet's 18 something.
CrossWorld buzz: Good. Ya got groaners, ya got thematic density, ya got crafty tech w/ E-A-S-T-E-R-E-G-G added in that order, ya got the holiday, ya got a modern secular meaning so no one hasta pay obeisance to the Easter bunny who doesn't wanna. Not recalling a lotta themes where ya get more than that. Long and short fill and grid fine. Cluing mostly kinda dullish, though "Solo companion" is a nice misdirection for CHEWBACCA. Like DRAWN OF THE DEAD the best of the groaners...brings out an image of Jerry and company sketching the skeletons I remember from old Dead albums. MR didn't enjoy solving this one much--groaners, a slow time, plus a theme that hurt rather than helped my solving time. But believe that MR today was idiosyncratic rather than representative.
CrossOver buzz: Good. The crafty nerdiness of the theme lifts this up for the puzz people; the accessible groaner movie titles and holiday theme lift it up for the real people.