Shame on me for not reminding y’all last weekend about Andrew Ries’s crossword meta-puzzle contest. Consider this my apology. I’ve enjoyed it so far… but I haven’t quite cracked the final part of the puzzle. Have you?
Oh! This puzzle marks the site’s halfiversary! Feel free to cut the cake after you solve the puzzle. The test solver insisted on an impossible difficulty level, because “if you don’t know those titles or those names, you’re basically screwed.” I insist on it because of some obscure fill, and I apologize for that. Good luck! :)