I am so excited to have my first puzzle appear on the Puzzle Society page! The idea for this crossword hit me one night when I was watching some awards show. The host kept talking about the honorees. It was one of those instances where he used a word so much that it began to lose meaning. Suddenly it sounded like he was saying HONORESE, like a language that the award winners spoke amongst themselves. In designing the puzzle, HONORESE was meant to be a theme answer, as this was the seed of the puzzle and my favorite entry. Unfortunately, due to word length and symmetry restrictions, I just couldn’t get it in there. Happily, the other entries were just as cute and more workable.
Being the first editor to publish a new constructor is always an honor—welcome, Ari! Today's theme may be simple, but I got a chuckle out of these imaginary specialized languages. The idea also feels novel, which hits on one of my favorite things about having an open market: the diversity of theme ideas I receive. Not all the ideas I receive ultimately pan out, but I love being able to run a daily crossword where you never know what's going to come next.