Constructor: Randolph Ross
Time: 31:06. Got incorrect at 25:00. Huffing and puffing about my solve here. On the non-huff and puff side: lots and lots of mistakes here--biggest was throwing down ARIOSE and ROMP for OSCINE and ROUT.
CrossWorld buzz: Really good. Wow, the craft of this! The beautiful NC of American Citizens and Thirteen Colonies in the center and the other states tucked away in their niches, all combined w/ entirely respectable fill (yes to FORK OVER and ZIP CODES), word count, and black squares.
CrossOver buzz: Below average. Would be poor but for the strong emotional content of the central crossing. This is a deeply nitty, crafty puzzle. That's great for us CrossWorlders. It is the opposite of great for real people. If all NYT puzzles were like this one, life would be beautiful for the v. few of us who solved the puzzes. But our lives would in fact not be so beautiful, since there would no longer be a significant audience for the form and we would be off solving in our own little internet cave. Note that this is not a criticism of this excellent puzz or the NYT for publishing it. Rather, the point is that there is a v. delicate balance in the NYT puzz between appeal to a small puzzle elite and appeal to a much larger mass audience.