While I come up with new material (should my muse ever again see fit to visit), enjoy this meta-crossword of mine from the archives. This is from Bay Area Night Game (BANG) 23, which was held in Burlingame, California in 2009 and put on by my team, the League of Extraordinarily Puzzlemen, in which I am known as Kid Crossword.
You're not done once you fill the grid; your final answer should be an eight-letter word. Do enjoy.
Now that it's been solved, I'll link to the solution. No spoilers in the URL, so I won't bother with a spoiler tag, but obviously massive spoilers for the entire thing if you click through. www.bang23.com/summary/Puzzle4-Soln.pdf
"Abbreviated term includes an adverb's ending, often," reflected a LEVELS acolyte (5)