Well, after I went through the acrosses and downs before handing it over to Frannie, there was precious little for her to go on. When she handed it back, it was three-quarters done! Together, we filled in the rest, ending in the difficult SE.
In addition to not giving Frannie much to work on in the beginning, I also hobbled her with some wrong answers. But can you blame me for thinking that "1A: Human-powered transport," might have been "bicycle" instead of PEDICAB? It's cool that both fit. I've got to believe Mr. Livengood knew that.
TSARISM (21A: Belief opposed by Communists) isn't the greatest word, but it is made better by its proximity to certain TOOLS (22A: Hammer and sickle). And Huygens will no doubt enjoy the symmetrical BRAPADS (9A: Lingerie enhancements) and SEXTAPE (57A: Potentially embarrassing video) (!). Also very good fill, I thought, was RIDESHOTGUN (40A: Not take a back seat to anyone?).
Did not enjoy WHOLEBIT (36D: Everything, with "the"). Who says that? And the definition for EPICWIN (56A: Improbable victory, in slang) didn't seem quite right, but 7D: Spring figure? (BOBBLEHEAD), 42D: Hides from Indians, maybe? (TEPEE), and 34A: Oral reports? (BURPS) were all satisfying gets. Plus, I learned a few things - JUBA is, apparently, the 25D: Capital of South Sudan, and ARIGATO (15A: Japanese "thanks") doesn't have a B in it. Go figure.
I don't know, it was a decent Friday, I guess. Some stuff I found a little boring (CARLOANS, OPENSECRET), but other stuff was good. I guess that's how it goes sometimes.