Freestyle with diagonal symmetry. 68 words. Saturday difficulty, if not harder.
When you're done, this puzzle contains something that is more of a small Easter egg than a meta. You can email me at lexicondevillive at outlook dot com if you find it.
If you like this one, Steve Mossberg published a diagonal themeless of similar difficulty last night on his blog Square Pursuit. And the Diagonal Master, Brooke Husic, dropped a non-diagonal scorcher this week on her own blog, following up on a great literary diagonal midi in October and a super-tough diagonal themeless in September. Brooke also teamed up with Matthew Stock for a tough diagonal themeless on Brian Thomas's Puzzles That Need a Home recently.