To my list of categories to brush up on, let's add drummers and United Nations personnel. In an effort to post a fast Friday solve time, I rashly and groundlessly entered AdNAN at 16A. I went blithely along filling in other across and down answers, never looking back, and I ended up with BOdHAM at 1D (Drummer John of Led Zeppelin) (not his real name). I only noticed the error when, after completing the puzzle, no "Congratulations" message appeared. I quickly (note to Horace) realized BOdHAM should have been BONHAM, and ANNAN for "1997-2000 U.N. Chief" seemed legit. :) IAMB, as always when I FWOE, SAWII to have made such a MESA it.
While for some of our esteemed readers, the above described PITFALL may call into question my credentials as a reviewer, I will press on and aver that I thought this was a fairly ESE Friday. There, I said it.
There was LODES of fill with a contemporary flavor including FLATBROKE, CLAIMTOFAME, FORTHEWIN, NOTCOOL, and my favorite on the day, the new-to-me, FUNEMPLOYED. Ha! Also excellent, if less modern was IMPRIMATUR. And, somewhere in the middle was the apparently old timeyish (if the Interwebz are to be believed), but new-to-me, Bushwa (ROT). I asked myself WADIS this word? So I read its origin story. Who knew?
I also enjoyed the following clues/answer pairs:
Calculating competitors (MATHLETES)
Natural coats (RIMES)
In conclusion, I'll CES that there was a fairly LAO ratio of crosswordese to good SECTS-y fill and I enjoyed the puzzle.