Constructor: Ned White
Time: 15:19. RONS? RODS? No, ROYS. Ok. Had JINGLY for a moment. No interesting mistakes. A smoothish-feeling Fri. solve...like Rex, got BRATPACKER right away...trailed tushnet by a little over two minutes.
CrossWorld buzz: Very good. 68W, 27B and a v. nice grid indeed. The central bar or INGOT and its four complements make for a v. pretty verbal/visual combo given INGOTS and its bar clue in the SW. Plentya good verbal stuff going on here, too....there's the Brit thing w/ CHEERIO and NOTARISE and for that matter FRABJOUS that OFL saw as a bug but I'd characterize as an implicit theme feature...w/ the pop culture clue, KID SISTERS as the last Across complements BRATPACKER as the first Across...there's I'VE HAD IT in the NE w/ UP TO HERE in the middle..there's a sense of discovery w/ the women's names MEIR, ROSANNE, and even the Scoobie-Doo gal DAPHNE, which I thought for a good while would be something junky like DASHIE...the implicit linking of MONET and BIMINI w/ the cluing re Giverny and a home for Hemingway is nice...ROLAIDS lifts STRO from junk into the lesser half of a decent baseball duo...FRABJOUS-JANGLY is frabjous and jangly.
CrossOver buzz: Good. The generally cute cluing in this puzz of -ese like CRI, CST, N-TEST, SECS, ONTO, and REDID ain't a plus for the peeps as opposed to the insiders. We feel a flicker of appreciation for being spared a pure -ese clue as well as answer...by contrast, a casual solver feels annoyance at argot made hard-got.