It occurred to me, once I figured out what was really going on with the theme answers today, that we've seen something very like this before. I'm not going to be able to find it immediately, I don't think, but the "clue in the answer" thing seems awfully familiar. I mention it, though, not to criticize, but to say that I don't mind at all when themes like this are repeated. I didn't recognize it for what it was/is until after I had finished the puzzle, and looking at it now, I see it's really well done. Each "answer clue," as I'll call it, includes "anagram of clue word" & "present verb or adjective meaning rearrange," the placement of the verb alternates from first to last, and the last one also serves as a revealer. Quite a tidy little theme!
In addition to being slow to grok the theme today, some of the clues really gave me a hard time! Like 1A: Midday - I wanted "noon," or maybe even "12noon," and TWELVE required at least four crosses. Maybe five! WEAL, too, required a lot (2D: Prosperity), and I couldn't come up with VECTOR (5D: Airplane course) for quite some time. I wanted "earn" for NET (11A: Bring home), and I was confused by 35D: Institute signed into existence by Thos. Jefferson (USMA) being four letters, because I wanted "uva." Oh well, it all worked out eventually. :)
Great fill is everywhere, and a lot of it side-by-side. Like SMIDGE/MINION/EXCEPT in the SW, and IMPUTE/REAMED/DOGGYBAG in the SE. Very nice.