Saturday, August 18, 2018

"Free for All XXV," by Ned White

Constructor's Comments

I originally made this puzzle (for another publication) with a fairly strong subtheme spinning off the idea and intimations of 1-Across, and it became so negative and grumpy-inducing that it left an unpleasant vibe.  So the subtheme, over several drafts, largely dissipated, thanks much to David's encouragement and guidance.  I feel happier with this version, though some of the answers aren't as marquee-ish as I'd like.  That's usually the goal of themeless constructors—to pack the puzzle with knock-'em-dead, sparkling long answers and still have clean fill for the glue.  Regardless, I hope you have fun with it.

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