Constructor: Gareth Bain
CrossWorld buzz: Really really good. Even better if you know the constructor and can appreciate the veterinary and S. Africa clues; good for Will for allowing/fostering constructor personality. A model new-era Tuesday, w/ thematic density, sharp long fill (KITSCHY and RUFFALO are v. nice), decent short fill, and a killer reveal. It was a nice side bonus for me to get confused about the theme--got into the idea that LATTER DAY got changed into LATTER DATE--kinda knew that was wrong since that answer doesn't work for "Second of two spouses?" as opposed to, say, "New hookup?" but it was a nice side-track to wander onto.
CrossOver buzz: Average. The funky thematic answers--nothing so sparkly about BAT PART, etc., for real people--and the intricate reveal make this a puzz that, great as it is for us denizens, is only ok for the unconverted.
For us insiders, today's puzz is a DIAMOND IN THE SKY, and yesterday's--good as it was--is something a bit less than that. For outsiders, though, the edge goes to yesterday's with its transparent theme.