Themeless 1

Solve online: crosshare

Download: pdf / puz

Today’s puzzle coincides with my debut (on August 12) on, curated by the amazing Malaika Handa. If you want to try it, go check it out! If you are here because you already saw my puzzle there, welcome! Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you’ll try my puzzles and give me feedback if you have the time. Also, you can check out my video solves and commentary on the NYTimes crossword which I do several days a week over on YouTube. Links to other things I do can be found over on my About page.

This was my first stab at doing a themeless puzzle. It was TOUGH! The puzzle itself isn’t tough to solve (I hope). I’d put it at a mild to medium difficulty. But it was tough to construct. I suppose it’s one of those things that you just get better at with more practice. I started out with the spanners (15-letter entries) and I originally tried to keep more long answers (10 or more letters) in, but just couldn’t get anything working right. Eventually I added enough black squares that the second longest entries were only 9 letters. Oh well. It’s all part of the learning experience. I still had fun making the clues, though, so I hope you find a few things in there to make you smile.

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