Constructor's CommentsI keep a list of phrases on the notes feature of my phone, and every now and then I'll pull a few from it to seed a themeless puzzle. For some weird reason the SE section usually comes into focus first, and I end up working backward.
In this case, I really liked everything in the SE except EMPTY NESTS, which didn't sound quite right as a plural. I decided to plunk a cheater square in the corner and try CLICK FARM off my list at 1-Across, and it all came together from there, except for the BANC/ASCH crossing. I guess the cheater in the corner doesn't look all thaaaaat bad. . . .