Constructor: Allen E. Parrish
Time: 5:56. Had ALADDIN, blanked at EL-HI for a little, didn't know CENTER BIT. My pace cars tushnet and sanfranman59 both finished in 4:29.
CrossWorld buzz: Average. Just ain't feelin' those 3 x 3 boxes in the NW and the SE, and the theme is anything but new, fresh, and now. The MCC AAA RRR stack in the NW provokes...it's CW modernism...kinda like a "look at what they're calling art now?!" moment for CWers. For me, it's a nah. I like Mondrian's lines of pure color...these lines of pure letters, not so much. Craft is pretty nice w/ 76W, 34B...what Anoa Bob said.
CrossOver buzz: Pretty good. This is a puzz w/ a pretty for Monday grid and a highly accessible theme...not at all a great Monday for puzz people as shown by the tepid reactions of OFL, the usually upbeat Deb, and the Rexean commentariat including MR, but an okay one for real people.