Constructor: Tim Croce
Time: 19:29. This one filled nicely; got the incorrect signal at 19:05 and figured out pretty fast that "Gotcha" I SIG (changed from I SEE) should be I DIG. All good. Considerably < 2x Rex; beat my better tushnet by a few minutes. Had ODIN'S then POUNCE ON in the SW, but thought THOR'S might be right from the beginning and didn't have too much trouble shifting to SPRING AT. Last area to fall was the GASOLINE-filled SC.
CrossWorld buzz: Very good. This is a beautiful grid. Look at the black fill...wheat waving in the breeze on the prairies...a stairway to heaven....whatever it is or isn't, it's v. v. pretty The point ain't so much the stacks...it's the beauty that stacks sometimes--not always--make possible. Sure, one can get grumpy about ONE'S. I have before myself, in relation to another Tim C. puzz. Ain't doin' it this time, though. ONE'S in the top and bottom row has some signature flair, and makes possible the niceness of ROCKET TO THE MOON (wanted WORLD OF TOMORROW--a right wrong answer), PHAEDRA, and SOIGNEE. Liked the APTNESS-LOCH NESS combo...tiny language buzz from that.
CrossOver buzz: Very good. Controlling as one should for hardness issues that tend to make FRI and SAT unfriendly for casual solvers, the beauty of this grid is a really nice thing for real people. A casual observer who knows nothing about art can stand in the Orangerie looking at Monet's lilies and be impressed...so too w/ a casual solver and Tim C.'s grid. We CrossWorlders form into camps on stacks and other CW techniques, as well as on constructors (as acm notes). Outsiders can more readily respond to beauty w/o our impacted underlying judgments about methods and the person who made the puzz.