I wanted to end the first year of the series on a positive note, and these phrases that mean “happy” happened to balance out nicely. Thought I was done with the grid only to discover TIPTOP and ONTOPOFTHEWORLD, so TIPTOP became TIPTOE. I also lucked out that PLEASED/ASPUNCH could cross two other theme answers. Sometimes you just get lucky.
Oh, and it seems that urban legend about RED cars getting more speeding tickets is false.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this year of puzzles. I’ve had a blast making them and hope to launch another Kickstarter soon to see if there’s interest in a 2nd year. Thanks for your support!