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Ready Player One

By Josh Meek · Published 3 days ago

Leveling Up

Hello World! This is my very first foray into the world of crossword construction. I looked to one of my other hobbies for theme inspiration, hopefully you enjoy the solve as much as I enjoyed the creation.
My goal with this puzzle is for it to be a learning experience, so please don't hesitate to let me know your feedback!
Follow me on Twitter: @PrettyDeceJosh
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  • Mike D 6:32 · 2 days ago
    Loved it Josh! I had a typo (AROO for EROO
    15A EROOSuffix with switch
    ) but it was a very smooth solve overall, and I enjoyed the theme!
    • spikeydlux 8:29 · 1 day ago
      Love a crossword that sends me a-Googlin' when I'm finished - 44A
      44A JUSTINBAILEYNotable Metroid password
      was a new one for me! Nice solve, thanks!
      • Ariel Haymarket 5:39 · 1 day ago
        Very smooth solve. You did ask for feedback on your first grid and I hope this doesn't come across meanly, because I did these as well on my own first attempts. I'll put them as replies to this comment.
        • Ariel Haymarket 5:39 · 1 day ago
          (or I'll just have to make a second comment) 44A
          44A JUSTINBAILEYNotable Metroid password
          isn't common knowledge, so it needs fairer crossings. Be careful of duplications - you can do Bet and Betray but DNAS
          58D DNASStrands of double helices
          and DNACHIP
          24D DNACHIPmicroarray used for gene expression profiling
          repeat a whole word in the grid and that's normally advised against. Other than that, good grid!
          • Josh Meek constructor · 1 day ago
            That’s extremely helpful Ariel, thank you! I knew 44A
            44A JUSTINBAILEYNotable Metroid password
            would be difficult but I expected it to be slightly more common knowledge than it’s turning out to be based on those that have solved so far. Now I know!
            • Josh Meek constructor · 1 day ago
              Also, being mindful of how fair the crossings are on my harder fill is something I’m trying to be more mindful of in my second puzzle. Thanks again for taking the time to give me feedback!
            1AArmageddon nation
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            Across
            1. 1A
              Armageddon nation
            2. 6A
              Skatepark feature
            3. 10A
              common rhyme scheme
            4. 14A
              John Green's "The Fault ___Stars"
            5. 15A
              Suffix with switch
            6. 16A
              Dropping this reveals the moon
            7. 17A
              Handheld gaming system with two screens
            8. 19A
              Comes after cinco
            9. 20A
              The Good Place's Shellstrop
            10. 21A
              Supremely spooky
            11. 23A
              very small amount
            12. 25A
              stares lustfully
            13. 26A
              Konami code starter
            14. 32A
              Will Smith was blue-in-the-face for this role
            15. 33A
              some remote batteries
            16. 34A
              Windy City transportation inits.
            17. 37A
              Scientology founder Hubbard
            18. 38A
              Possible letter grades
            19. 40A
              Dick Grayson, to Bruce Wayne
            20. 41A
              Affirmative answer
            21. 42A
              exclamation of indifference
            22. 43A
              What you would like to be, while job hunting
            23. 44A
              Notable Metroid password
            24. 47A
              "My heart skipped ___!"
            25. 50A
              Created Pilots in the '90s
            26. 51A
              course outlines
            27. 54A
              pushed past aggressively
            28. 59A
              El ___, Tex.
            29. 60A
              Arcade title screen's beckoning statement
            30. 62A
              hoof sound
            31. 63A
              South American berry
            32. 64A
              More than required
            33. 65A
              Cisgender supporter of LGBTQIA+ community
            34. 66A
              Photograph, informally
            35. 67A
              Gets up
            Down
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              Not yours
            2. 2D
              Indigo dye source
            3. 3D
              ___ Fishin'
            4. 4D
              "Get ___ here!"
            5. 5D
              Lobbed weapon
            6. 6D
              To illustrate again
            7. 7D
              Experiencing little or no romantic attraction, for short
            8. 8D
              ___ of transportation
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              Modeling action
            10. 10D
              Twitter handle prefix
            11. 11D
              Staggering
            12. 12D
              Idaho's capital
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              sculptures often featuring the head, neck, and shoulders
            14. 18D
              Say ___ (refuse)
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              Arguments
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              microarray used for gene expression profiling
            17. 26D
              What you might be if "you ain't got no alibi"
            18. 27D
              French father
            19. 28D
              Spanish "some"
            20. 29D
              A professional wrestler's goal
            21. 30D
              Pops
            22. 31D
              Buffoon
            23. 34D
              Extraterrestrial visitor from Hank Green's "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing"
            24. 35D
              Forest feature
            25. 36D
              Email contact info, informally
            26. 38D
              Bundy and Borland
            27. 39D
              For sure, in slang
            28. 40D
              remote-controlled game console
            29. 42D
              "Life is ___ dream"
            30. 43D
              Fluffy wheel fan
            31. 44D
              dilapidated automobile
            32. 45D
              "Whatever you want"
            33. 46D
              Sonic the Hedgehog's legs, while running
            34. 47D
              Pet protection org.
            35. 48D
              "___ means!"
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              The sun in Spain
            37. 52D
              partiality
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              "Give an ___ and they'll take a mile"
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              211 in Roman numerals
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              Quite a bunch
            41. 57D
              Irish homeland
            42. 58D
              Strands of double helices
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              ___ Paulo
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