This was a lot of fun. Very tough, and if we weren't solving "in tandem," as one commenter recently put it, I doubt it would've been completed. At least it would have taken quite a bit longer.
Let's see, where to begin? How about with 1A: Where a lot of dough gets thrown around (PIZZAJOINT). The answer just had to be something like this, but "Pizza parlor" didn't fit, so I put in "Pizza place" at first, and that stayed for a while. And strangely, it was an incorrect answer for a down that got us the correct answer for the across. Frannie got ANTIMATTER (15A: Fuel for a warp drive engine on "Star Trek") (We so wanted "dilithium"...) and then WHITENOISE (17A: Sleep aid, for some), and then 7D: Winnebago relatives (OTOES), which we both knew had to be a tribe, looked like this _TO__, and the first thing that popped into my head was "Otomi." That's a tribe, isn't it? Anyway, that immediately gave us "joint." And that's why I'm telling this story, right?
But while we're up in that section, let's just think a minute about PAWN (1D: One with promotional potential) (!) and ZTILE (3D: "10" is inscribed on it). Both of those are beautiful. And even though this very morning I took breaks from the puzzle to make moves in Scrabble games, I still couldn't come up with that second one!
Other beauties - INHERIT (23A: Get by force of will?), ESSO (14D: Standard breakup creation) (possibly the best clue I've ever seen for "Esso"), GOWEST (25D: Follow the sun?), TIEONEON (29A: Become stiff), and the nice couplet of ATTACKS and RETREATS, both clued with "Follows a military order."
I didn't love BIODATA (38A: Info about a person's education and work history), perhaps because the clue was so prosaic, but, well, if that's the worst of it, you're not too badly off.
It's been a good week.