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Word Ladder 10

◆◆ · By Sendhil Revuluri · Published 2023-12-28T22:11:02.809Z

Constructor's Note
For my tenth published word ladder, super-sizing a bit (thanks to Mike for the suggestion to work around the row cap with the bar in the middle). This one doesn't have the circles; publishing another version that does, in case that's your preference. Note that entries "wrap around" — 31A is followed by 5A. Apologies for any keyboard shortcut inconvenience. (Definitely let me know if I got any clues mismatched!) And bummed I missed the seasonal hook… next time! Cover photo courtesy of Katie Harp on Unsplash.
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  • KayW 🤓3:57 · 2023-12-29T00:33:21.427Z
    Wow! very clever. I had to backsolve in a few places (I'm looking at you, spherical sweet LOL) but luckily was able to pick up the trail again a few lines down and work my way back. Thanks!
    • Sendhil Revuluri constructor · 2023-12-30T01:25:14.946Z
      Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed! (Now with a sample size of 10 I can say that there's usually at least one entry that's a bit — or more than a bit — forced. This time I chose to go with LADU rather than REDE, which initially looked like it should be a common-ish word but I couldn't find any good clue.)
    • Jon 4:19 · 2023-12-29T04:04:04.422Z
      Nice
      • Sendhil Revuluri constructor · 2023-12-30T01:25:22.904Z
        Thanks for solving!
      • bread 7:00 · 2023-12-29T06:04:21.477Z
        That was fun =D
        • Sendhil Revuluri constructor · 2023-12-30T01:25:33.953Z
          Glad you enjoyed! Thanks again for the Advent puzzles!
        • Lhs 11:55 · 2023-12-29T14:29:58.733Z
          Thoroughly enjoyed. I've not solved a ladder puzzle before so it took me a bit to catch on - very clever.
          • Sendhil Revuluri constructor · 2023-12-30T01:26:29.303Z
            Thank you for trying this one out! (I think the ladders with circled letters, especially @Elle's, are cleaner and more accessible to get started — hers were definitely my inspiration to try making my own!)
          • Philip Chow 🤓5:37 · 2023-12-29T22:39:07.337Z
            the wrap-around is nice :) loved that you were able to fit in more words and more fun... i think the last clue should read "What clocks do in 1A, when followed by 1A" or something like that so it clues FALL BACK instead of just BACK
            • Sendhil Revuluri constructor · 2023-12-30T01:26:58.839Z
              Good call, I will adjust — thanks for solving!
            • Larry Edelstein 5:00 · 2023-12-30T06:23:46.731Z
              Some hard bits in there
              • Sendhil Revuluri constructor · 2023-12-31T00:20:28.603Z
                That seems to be where I live right now… do you think the entries are inherently hard, or are too many of the clues just too challenging? Appreciate the solve and the feedback!
                • Larry Edelstein 5:00 · 2024-01-01T00:45:51.571Z
                  Neither; challenges are good
              • dooiemus 🤓13:02 · 2023-12-31T18:06:48.285Z
                A mighty struggle, thanks. The proper noun at 11A might as well been "TALE" for me. Upon googling 12A I find the normal spelling to be "LADDU", what is your source for this particular spelling?
                • Sendhil Revuluri constructor · 2024-01-01T00:06:49.380Z
                  Thank you for struggling! No source whatsoever for 12A, just giving up to complete the construction! Hoping for something cleaner next time :)
                  • dooiemus 🤓13:02 · 2024-01-01T08:50:00.118Z
                    Ah, yes, I didn't quite make sense of the parenthesized comment while solving!
                1A
                Autumn
                1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
                15
                16
                17
                18
                19
                20
                21
                22
                23
                24
                25
                26
                27
                28
                29
                30
                31
                32
                Across
                1. 1A
                  Autumn
                2. 5A
                  Directed
                3. 9A
                  A dozen ounces, at Starbucks
                4. 10A
                  Grammy winner Erykah
                5. 11A
                  2022 historical drama starring Danielle Deadwyler
                6. 12A
                  Spherical sweet from the Indian subcontinent (we were running low on Ds, sorry)
                7. 13A
                  Playing piece in Azul, mah-jongg, Scrabble, or Bananagrams
                8. 14A
                  Young fellas
                9. 15A
                  It flies like an arrow (not a banana)
                10. 16A
                  Energy-efficient illuminators (abbr.)
                11. 17A
                  Silent actor
                12. 18A
                  Meadows
                13. 19A
                  Itty bitty biter
                14. 20A
                  Thing that 1As in 1A (at least in temperate climes)
                15. 21A
                  Upanayanam, bar mitzvah, quinceañera, or communion
                16. 22A
                  Idle
                17. 23A
                  Neural network
                18. 24A
                  Whites, darks, or delicates (or in our house, all of the above)
                19. 25A
                  Whale of a prefix
                20. 26A
                  Sporting rope-like strands of hair formed by matting (with an appropriate apostrophe)
                21. 27A
                  Give up
                22. 28A
                  Device for boats to transit through a canal
                23. 29A
                  Start of an article, to a journalist
                24. 30A
                  Strong, dark beer
                25. 31A
                  Stow stuff, ship-board
                26. 32A
                  How clocks 1A in 1A (in the US)
                Down
                1. 1D
                  -
                2. 2D
                  -
                3. 3D
                  -
                4. 4D
                  -
                5. 5D
                  -
                6. 6D
                  -
                7. 7D
                  -
                8. 8D
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