Today Mr. Kalish starts with a doodle, works it up into a sketch, then a drawing, and finally he ends up with a puzzle that's pretty as a picture. Each of the four theme answers is perfectly cromulent, and they don't overload the grid so much as to compromise the other entries.
In fact, there's plenty to ENDORSE outside the theme - GINKGO (Chinese tree with fan-shaped leaves) is beautiful, GAGREELS (Collections of funny outtakes) is amusing, NACHOS are delicious, MELODY (Tune) is pleasing, and PARTYGOER (One attending a shindig) is fun. Any reference to Orwell (NEWSPEAK) is doubleplusgood, and that's not just duckspeak!
It's hard to find much to dislike in this one, so I'll pick on the clue for CARAT (A diamond that has one is moderately expensive). A diamond doesn't have one carat, it is one carat. Wouldn't the clue "A diamond that is one is moderately expensive" have been just fine? I mean, wouldn't you be wondering, "what else is a diamond but a diamond?" Oh, I don't know... sometimes I think I might be a bit too rigid about language. And for what?
Really, I like this puzzle a lot, and I think it's a fine start to the week.