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Puzzle #50 "I wanna be the very best (like no one ever was)"

· By Philip Chow · Published 6 months ago

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  • Mike D 🤓6:55 · 6 months ago
    Very nice!
    • Jake A 🤓6:00 · 6 months ago
      Awesome puzzle!
      • Taylor Johnson 14:34 · 6 months ago
        Cool! Ugh, your making me reminisce on my childhood.. where’s my gameboy... fun puzzle man, thanks!
        • JeffPrug 🤓8:45 · 6 months ago
          Fantastic! From the title, after getting the first two shaded boxes I got the last two before even seeing 48D
          48D BALLWord that can follow the first parts of the starred clues (items that can help you on your quest to becoming a Pokémon master)
          • Tonearm 🤓4:19 · 6 months ago
            Really fun!
            • FrankieHeck 🤓8:03 · 6 months ago
              As someone who still spends far too much time each day playing Pokemon Go, I LOVED this puzzle :-)
              • Kjersti Chippindale 🤓14:20 · 6 months ago
                What a smooth and fun grid!
                • Ernie 10:56 · 6 months ago
                  Thanks, the theme worked out great!
                  • Stephen Christie 🤓41:28 · 6 months ago
                    For whatever reason I had to just try all the letters for BONIER
                    50A BONIERMore scrawny
                    at the end 😆
                    • Russell Vinegar 🤓12:12 · 6 months ago
                      Super fun, love the personal cluing style
                      • Frisco17 🤓10:14 · 6 months ago
                        Great theme. Loved such clues as AROOM
                        27D AROOM"Get ___!" (comment to an overly affectionate pair)
                        , ARROW
                        16A ARROWSymbol on an "I'm with stupid" T-shirt
                        , TWO
                        19A TWOWith 21-Down, 0.2222...
                        /NINTHS
                        21D NINTHSSee 19-Across
                        , and many others.
                        1AVeers off course
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                        Across
                        1. 1A
                          Veers off course
                        2. 6A
                          Penultimate word in the Pledge of Allegiance
                        3. 9A
                          "Taps" and "Reveille" horn
                        4. 14A
                          Cheer on
                        5. 16A
                          Symbol on an "I'm with stupid" T-shirt
                        6. 17A
                          *Trendy, fresh and healthy Hawaiian-inspired fare (Yim, remember when you made me wait in line with you to get them and I don't even like raw fish)
                        7. 18A
                          "Aaaand... ___!" (I'm done acting now)
                        8. 19A
                          With 21-Down
                          See 19-Across[------]
                          , 0.2222...
                        9. 20A
                          "___ next week..." (words accompanying a cliffhanger)
                        10. 22A
                          Acronym you write in someone's yearbook when you don't really know them that well
                        11. 23A
                          Brewery products
                        12. 24A
                          6 or 9, but not 69 (cluing credit: Matt Jones of Jonesin' Crosswords)
                        13. 26A
                          Tastelessly showy
                        14. 29A
                          Self-punishment to atone for ones sins
                        15. 31A
                          "Alice's Restaurant" folk singer Guthrie
                        16. 32A
                          Really offensive way to depict an Asian person's eyes (Stop AAPI Hate)
                        17. 34A
                          Jeff Kinney's "Diary ___ Wimpy Kid"
                        18. 36A
                          Slogan of a popular video game franchise
                        19. 39A
                          Spanish classical guitarist Fernando
                        20. 40A
                          Woodworking machinery
                        21. 41A
                          Abbr. in a "works cited" list
                        22. 42A
                          Gets older
                        23. 44A
                          Rash, like some decisions
                        24. 45A
                          Rash-causing poisonous shrub
                        25. 46A
                          Kind of parties seen in the movies "Animal House" and "Neighbors"
                        26. 48A
                          ___ tube (slang for TV)
                        27. 50A
                          More scrawny
                        28. 52A
                          "Mork & Mindy" planet (whose name rhymes with one of the two titular characters)
                        29. 55A
                          "There's a fascination frantic/In ___ that's romantic" (lines from "The Mikado/There is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast")
                        30. 57A
                          *It lets you into any room
                        31. 59A
                          Singer Kravitz who played Cinna in "The Hunger Games"
                        32. 60A
                          Short-lived
                        33. 61A
                          Where tired skiers sip cocoa by the fire
                        34. 62A
                          Beam of light
                        35. 63A
                          Fashion designer Kate who said "Think, travel, celebrate, charm, decorate, dress, live - colorfully"
                        Down
                        1. 1D
                          Labor Day month: Abbr.
                        2. 2D
                          "Hey, you never ___" (slogan that tricks me into wasting money on lottery tickets)
                        3. 3D
                          Fashion brand with a rhinoceros logo (Chin, remember that shirt you got me that was a size too small... I never wore it and ended up regifting it)
                        4. 4D
                          "___ is me!" (melodramatic exclamation)
                        5. 5D
                          In a nonobvious manner
                        6. 6D
                          Flatters, with "over"
                        7. 7D
                          Give someone the "elevator eyes"
                        8. 8D
                          Where you live
                        9. 9D
                          ___-relief (sculpture style)
                        10. 10D
                          Sea ___ (spiny creature whose gonads are eaten as a delicacy)
                        11. 11D
                          *Sebastien de Castell fantasy series named for the heavy protective outerwear worn by the ancient order of traveling magistrates
                        12. 12D
                          Tedious, or the "L" in TL;DR
                        13. 13D
                          Female animals that go "baaaa"
                        14. 15D
                          Grande ___ (Ferris wheel built for the 1900 Paris Exposition)
                        15. 21D
                          See 19-Across
                          With 21-Down, 0.2222...[---]
                        16. 23D
                          Artist Paul Klee once said, "A line is ___ that went for a walk”
                        17. 25D
                          "Sexual Healing" singer Marvin nicknamed the Prince of Soul
                        18. 26D
                          Jokes that may be "running"
                        19. 27D
                          "Get ___!" (comment to an overly affectionate pair)
                        20. 28D
                          *OB-GYN imaging
                        21. 29D
                          Hiking trails
                        22. 30D
                          Key of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture"
                        23. 32D
                          Sacred beetle of ancient Egypt
                        24. 33D
                          "Fashionable" partygoer, perhaps
                        25. 35D
                          Partner, or character that joins your team in Super Mario Party giving you the option of rolling their special dice block (I love Monty Mole - he's so cute, but his dice block kinda sucks)
                        26. 37D
                          Homecoming attendee, for short
                        27. 38D
                          Sweetbread or head cheese, for example (ironically)
                        28. 43D
                          Recreation activity similar to sledding
                        29. 44D
                          Women's rooms, in sultans' palaces
                        30. 46D
                          Arousing suspicion
                        31. 47D
                          Network of nerve fibers (anagram of TREE)
                        32. 48D
                          Word that can follow the first parts of the starred clues (items that can help you on your quest to becoming a Pokémon master)
                        33. 49D
                          Cookie with a limited-edition pink and green variety to promote Lady Gaga's album "Chromatica"
                        34. 51D
                          Cabbage variety popular in East Asian cuisine
                        35. 52D
                          Southern vegetable that's often deep-fried
                        36. 53D
                          Curl up with a good book
                        37. 54D
                          "American Sniper" autobiographer Chris
                        38. 56D
                          The last day of the year: Abbr.
                        39. 58D
                          Workout unit
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