Saturday, July 14, 2018

"Free for All XX," by Zhouqin Burnikel

Editor's Comments

Although all of Zhouqin's Puzzle Society Crosswords so far have been themed, she's also one of the best themeless constructors in the business!  In this grid, my top five favorite entries are ALMOND ROCA, VIP PARKING, OLGA KORBUT (as opposed to just OLGA with the clue [Gymnast Korbut], which is what you usually see), HATE MAIL, and I'M IN HEAVEN.  I like how Zhouqin filled each corner with two strong 10-letter entries and a lively 7—such attention to midlength slots can make an already-good themeless great.  The short fill also feels smooth all around.


  1. 7A - isn't the definition backwards? LAIC means not "of the cloth". Great puzzle as always from C.C.!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the puzzle! That clue is indeed incorrect and should read [Not of the cloth].