Constructor: Matt Ginsberg
Time: 15:02. Got incorrect at 13:34. Cottoned onto IVA-NOVA eventually...the ? in the "Astronomical figure?" clue was a distraction...shades of yesterday's "Middle ear?" Had AKKAD. for ASSYR. for ASEC and PATINA for LAMINA. No sign of my usual pace cars...felt like a smooth solve though I didn't get the theme while solving...CARP went in from the crosses w/o looking at it...thought for a few minutes after solving and got a nice aha from finally getting (LEFT) PORT for SAILED and (RIGHT) AWAY for AT ONCE.
CrossWorld buzz: Excellent. You gotta a cute and innovative theme...ya gotta good grid w/ 72W and only 30B...ya got crunch plus w/ WOJTYLA, YANGTZE, etc...ya got decent long stuff w/ ROGUE STATES and I HAVE NO IDEA...yea, ya got some short dreck like IVA and IVIE and ASSYR, but ya also got the unusual bonus of four short answers that are thematic.
CrossOver buzz: Very good. The peeps like themes, and this is a nice respite from themeless SATs. On the other hand, this is a hard plus theme to suss out...a bit of a ding for the trickiness.