many of you were at lollapuzzoola, of course, and many others purchased the puzzles for the at-home division. but of course, this puzzle was so tough that most of the competitors at lollapuzzoola did not finish it in the allotted 45 minutes. if that sounds familiar, maybe it's time to give the puzzle another try?
matt discusses the puzzle here (warning, spoilers! don't read before solving): august 2015 crossword of the month. i'll discuss the theme in the comments.
(ps: if you signed up for email reminders and didn't get one for this post, don't worry. i suppressed them because this isn't a subscriber puzzle.)