Fun theme idea, to spell out "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" using dots, or points, if we want to get even closer to a literal connection to POINTILLISM, the style that GEORGESSEURAT is most remembered for.
|It's almost mandatory that I include this, isn't it? Also, what's with that monkey?|
It's almost like a stunt puzzle. If the letters in the title were symmetrically placed, that would be a true stunt.. but then, it would probably be a much worse puzzle, too. As it is, we already have kind of a lot of iffy material: EVEL (Daredevil Knievel) (is he still relevant?), NASL (Org. for the New York Cosmos) (North American Soccer League) (is that still relevant?), ANI (What's far from fair?) (Cute, but tortured clue), FOO, LAT, INE, NUI, STE, NOOR, INS, ODS, and CAF, to name but twelve.
On the other hand, I did enjoy the two preposition-ending-with phrases SNORTAT (Dismiss with derision) and PROUDOF (Self-satisfied about), and the clue for PJS (Cover of night?) was excellent. PITH (Essential part) is great. I learned something with BINDI (Dot on a Hindu woman's forehead), and I always enjoy a smattering of foreign language answers - DEJA, NYET, CHERIE, EINE, BRAVO, and FORTE. And did anyone else start typing in "Rastro" for 27D: Elroy's dog on "The Jetsons?" (ASTRO). I actually did that. Heh.
So there was good and bad. As I said at the top, the theme was fun, and it was well done. There were necessary concessions, apparently, and sometimes that's fine, especially when you can find a whole paragraph of good material too.