Had a couple seed entries I wanted to use for this puzzle, and since they were pretty long, it became apparent that I had to cross them in order to make a more or less normal-looking grid. (The seeds are 15-Down and 26-Across.) I wanted to have a punchy answer at 42-Across as well, and well, there's a letter in there that sort of forced a couple black squares. When the dust settled, we had surprisingly open NE and SW sections of the grid, loads of 6-, 7-, and 8-letter answers flanking the seeds. It was an interesting exercise and at times I felt like I was Harry Houdini trying to wiggle out of a hairy corner. Cluing was fun overall, with the ones at 15- and 42-Across being my favorites. Hope you enjoy it.
Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.