We are a fortunate bunch today, because we get not one but two brooke/erik collabs! Feel free to enjoy this one as an appetizer or as a dessert in your puzzle meal that includes today's USA Today crossword, which was also written by them. What a way to end the week! I'd say "enjoy," but with a pair like this that goes without saying!
From brooke and erik: "we leave it to the solver to decide who said the quote in the 23-a clue to who. for another agard/husic collab, head over to the usa today."