Constructor: Steve Blais
Time: 6:25. Got incorrect at a fast for MR 5:26; the typo ATYY for ATTY was the prob. Oh well yet again. Wanted CUD instead of GUM for a thing to chew on. Didn't see the theme until the reveal hit me over the head. Lost by respectable margins of 23 and 14 seconds to tushnet and sanfranman59.
CrossWorld buzz: Good. All of the long answers are either plausible punny references to headgear (PRO BOWLER--thx to Anna S. for enlightening me there--and BOYZ N THE HOOD/Hoodie) or nice absurd images (SHRINKING ICE CAP and SOAP BOX DERBY). The reveal is nice if a bit nitty....good luck with coming up w/ anything as good for this theme...OVERHEAD? (nope)... The 78W, 40B grid w/ no down answers longer than six letters is not so exciting...kinda like yesterday's in that regard. The fill has a fair number of entries w/ decent buzz/oomph/sparkle...KAZOOS, ROONEY, ALLAH, KEENE, TYPE-B Happy to see Anna S.'s ASTI, URAL, ERG, EDSEL point about -ese expertise being fundamental to CWers...MR has nothing to say but AYE, YEP, and OUI.
CrossOver buzz: Good. Not sure what I think about the mod reveal convention as applied to casual solvers or newbies...it makes things easier by explaining the theme, but it also introduces nittiness. I'm pretty sure a sample of CWers would vote for today's puzz as buzzier than yesterday's...am not sure how a sample of COs would come out.