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Themeless, Schmemeless!

· By Aaron · Published about 1 year ago

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15x15 70-word themeless. Mainly a practice run at a low-word open grid; the fill probably could be smoother and less PPP-heavy. Aiming for old-school NYT Friday difficulty.
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  • Mike D 10:10 · about 1 year ago
    Great puzzle! I couldn't get FSERIES
    40DLine in a country song?[-------]
    but it seems so obvious now 😂
    • Bodegas 🤓12:16 · about 1 year ago
      Fun! I had DIRTPLATE for the longest time thinking "that's a fun way to phrase eat dirt". Whoops! :)
      • Aaron constructor · about 1 year ago
        I might like DIRTPLATE more actually! (IMO it's just as green-painty as DIETPLATE
        56AIt's eaten by losers[---------]
        but somehow DIETPLATE
        56AIt's eaten by losers[---------]
        's the one that scored on my wordlist)
      • ZeroPercentSneaky 37:37 · about 1 year ago
        nice
        • Ben Zoon 24:38 · about 1 year ago
          But two of the helper squares are necessary for the theme, so IMO they don't really count!
          • Aaron constructor · about 1 year ago
            I like that you call them helper squares instead. I'll have to remember that next time I add some to a grid!
          1A
          Oil royalty?
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          Across
          1. 1A
            Oil royalty?
          2. 6A
            Dance-punk's ___ Soundsystem
          3. 9A
            Amtrak service that's as close as the US gets to true high-speed rail
          4. 14A
            2010 landmark health legislation, informally
          5. 16A
            Like some battles
          6. 17A
            They're often exposed
          7. 18A
            Topic of Ted Stevens' 2006 infamous "Series of Tubes" speech
          8. 19A
            Modern umbrella term for describing people exhibiting variation in how their brains process and interpret the world
          9. 21A
            Maine motto ("I direct")
          10. 22A
            Cubes : 3 :: ____ : 4
          11. 28A
            Tropical map feature
          12. 31A
            Park in New York City?
          13. 32A
            "Someone call up an exterminator... now!"
          14. 33A
            2021 Denis Villeneuve epic
          15. 34A
            Lamp in a synagogue
          16. 36A
            Periodicals with "easy-to-swallow" articles
          17. 38A
            "Can you try out my new crossword puzzle?" "Sure! No ____!"
          18. 39A
            Lib. sec. for the OED
          19. 41A
            Treat along the Thames
          20. 42A
            Aleppo's land (abbr.)
          21. 43A
            Possible holy grails for collectors seeking the original unaltered Star Wars trilogy
          22. 45A
            Word preceding piano or scholar
          23. 47A
            Derisively-named crossword construction tools used four times in this grid, most notably to fit this clue and 19A
            19AModern umbrella term for describing people exhibiting variation in how their brains process and interpret the world[--------------]
          24. 55A
            Attends a yoga or crossword-constructing class, perhaps
          25. 56A
            It's eaten by losers
          26. 57A
            Capstone of many HS Eng. programs
          27. 58A
            Pertaining to tautness
          28. 59A
            Reach, as point B from point A
          29. 60A
            Saccharine ending?
          30. 61A
            Sam of "Jurassic Park"
          Down
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            Former capital whose name is a homophone for "good" in a neighboring country's language
          2. 2D
            Busy as ___
          3. 3D
            "Old-World Style" sauce brand
          4. 4D
            US House "Squad" member Ilhan
          5. 5D
            Intercontinental defense alliance (abbr.)
          6. 6D
            "Livin' _____ Loca" (apt entry to a 1999 pop nostalgia playlist, right next to Mambo No. 5 and All Star)
          7. 7D
            Rock opening
          8. 8D
            Devoid (of), like the Kalahari
          9. 9D
            "Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid _____" (start of a classic playground chant)
          10. 10D
            Feature of Tarantino and Hitchcock films
          11. 11D
            Actress ____ Rachel Wood of Westworld
          12. 12D
            Carrefour purchase
          13. 13D
            Synonym of 23D
            23DSynonym of 13D[-----]
          14. 15D
            El ___ (Spanish hero)
          15. 20D
            Like junk bonds vis-a-vis Treasuries
          16. 22D
            Packs (down)
          17. 23D
            Synonym of 13D
            13DSynonym of 23D[---]
          18. 24D
            Spanish address?
          19. 25D
            Stereotypical record-store clerk, perhaps
          20. 26D
            Location of many 5D
            5DIntercontinental defense alliance (abbr.)[----]
            members
          21. 27D
            Urban parking location, sometimes
          22. 28D
            Points of discontinuity
          23. 29D
            Bit of slapstick
          24. 30D
            Ayes
          25. 33D
            Bodega
          26. 35D
            En route
          27. 37D
            H.S. equiv. test
          28. 40D
            Line in a country song?
          29. 44D
            Dead Sea Scrolls writer
          30. 45D
            Send a check in the mail
          31. 46D
            Must
          32. 47D
            Deal
          33. 48D
            NBC newsanchor who moderated a 2016 Presidential debate
          34. 49D
            Saucepan vols.
          35. 50D
            ____ the air (apt descriptor for your plans when your flight's in a holding pattern)
          36. 51D
            Soothing succulent
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            Punjabi princess
          38. 53D
            Last wds. in a citation
          39. 54D
            Market, as a pitch
          40. 55D
            Weave through traffic
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