You got your Pasco on my Steinberg!
You got your Steinberg in my Pasco!
Two great tastes that taste great together!!!
I was definitely excited to see two of my favorite crossword crafters working on a single grid, and I think the result lives up to expectations. Look at those two trios of 11-letter answers, and all of the nice 7- and 8-letter answers that cross them.
I broke into the grid with 7D: "That's cheating!" (NOFAIR), but could get no traction from it. Instead I really got going with VJS and VERIZON. I liked the answers JOYRIDE and SNEEZED, but something seemed just slightly off on both of their jokey clues. No matter, I rejoiced in AZIZ Ansari's presence. We just started watching season 2 of Master of None - he's a strange fellow in many ways, but he makes an outstanding show.
Then you get FACESWAP, a nice contemporary touch. It led me down into the SE section. My one error came here: I entered THEDUdE fairly confidently. Even though there's a cowboy in that movie, you'd be hard pressed to call The Great Lebowski a "Western legend". John Wayne, though... Anyway, I had a hard time deciding whether the author would be ALICEWeLdER or ALICEWALdER.
Anyway, how great is the stack here? 67A: Metric for gauging female representation in works of fiction (BECHDELTEST) was a gimme. I love Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoirs, the first of which, Fun Home, has recently become a hit Broadway musical as well. If you haven't read that and Are You My Mother?, go out and read them immediately. Wonderful stuff.
Finally, I figured out 39D: Bunny picker-upper? (DUSTMOP), and made it through the rest of that SW corner. I'd wanted that answer to be "tow-line" or "tow-rope", for the ski reference, but the other kind of bunny's funny as well.