David mentioned on the blog recently that he has trouble identifying where his crossword theme ideas come from—I have the same problem. I'm going to hazard a guess and say this one was inspired by a great article about a lesser-known 33-Down.
I took an intro stats course last quarter, so this puzzle's theme made me smile. Erik also did a great job of spicing up the fill. My favorite theme entry is the lively MEDIANOCHE, which was new to me but is now something I really want in my life! In the nonthematic fill, I especially like AMSTERDAM (as opposed to OSLO, the European capital that you usually see because of its friendly letter pattern), COLLARDS, MERMAID, TOTE BAG, TRAP MUSIC, and FRY BREAD. Also, almost all of the clues are Erik's. Despite being the fastest solver in the world, Erik has an excellent sense of how to make the cluing just right for the rest of us mortals!