When I saw the byline today I knew I was in for a treat. Two veteran (and yes, I think we need to call Mr. Steinberg a veteran even though he only just recently graduated from college) constructors working together on this asymmetric, yet attractive grid. The two grid-spanners, along with the three bat-like shapes in the center, create a mini Friday theme. Some in the crosswordosphere bristle at any phrase that includes the pronoun "one," but I don't mind. I think BATSINTHEBELFRY is a zippier entry than SPREADONESWINGS, and sure, maybe "spread your wings" is more common, but I think one has to make a few allowances when one is confined to a 15x15 grid. :)
Well, Dear Reader, I don't mean to brag, or jinx myself, but I've been having a good "1A Week." Again today, I dropped in (as I'm guessing many did) LEFTJAB (The "one" in "the old one-two," maybe), then LISSOME (Like a ballet dancer) and ESPANOL (Language akin to portugués), and soon after that, FURRIER (Hide seeker) (Fun clue) also fell into place. The rest of the puzzle flowed smoothly from corner to corner, and I ended up back in the middle, where I guessed the D of ELROND (Lord of Rivendell in "The Lord of the Rings") and DRDREW (Physician on TV's "Celebrity Rehab"). I've never heard of DRDREW or that show, but the name alone kind of makes me sad, and I wish I had never learned of it.
Fun clues today included "Meet at the river, pehaps" (REGATTA), "Way off, say" (RAMP), "Doctor" (TREAT), and "Skinny" (DIRT). Lovely entries like the aforementioned LISSOME, ESSENCE (Soul), ANODYNE (Blandly agreeable), and SNOCONE (Summer cooler) helped to make it an enjoyable solve, and more crosswordsy answers like OPIE (Relative of Aunt Bee), LEO (Any of 13 popes), and AMA (Q&A on Reddit) made me feel like an old pro. Which, I guess, I might be becoming.
Overall, a fun, breezy solve.