Technically, a DNF, but really, we did finish, but we had an error. Shouldn't there be a slightly mitigated title for that sort of thing? DNFC (Did Not Finish Correctly?), or DNFCUBIOAEBNTEW (Did Not Finish Correctly Until Being Informed Of An Error But Not Told Exactly Where?... ok, maybe that's a little cumbersome.) I mean, we eventually figured it out, but it took about twenty-five minutes for us to discover that CHACO (48A: New Mexico's ____ Canyon) isn't spelled Chaqa. The Q is sort of understandable, maybe, but I don't know how Frannie let my misspelling of WONTONS (44D: Soup dumplings) stand for so long.
Other than that, we liked the puzzle just fine. Decent theme, and some fun clues and answers. Liked seeing ROFL (46D: Modern response to hilarity) in there, and COPIOUS (2D: Plentiful), EXISTENT (6D: In the real world), INSTEAD (22D: Alternatively), and AMIDST (47D: In), are all semi-normal words that are not often included in puzzles. At least not in my limited experience. SCREWIT (38D: "Forget that!") was unusual, and NITWITS (21A: Mental lightweights) was nice.
MELVIN (8D: Director Van Peebles), 50A: "American Pie" actress Tara (REID), and SAOTOME (12D: Island off the Gabonese coast) are all only vaguely familiar, but that's ok, I guess. You can't know everything.