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◆◆ · By Josh Meek · Published 2 months 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!
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  • Mike D 6:32 · 2 months 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 · 2 months 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 · 2 months 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 · 2 months 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 · 2 months 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 · 2 months 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!
            • Philip Chow 6:08 · about 2 months ago
              love the clue for 16A
              16A TROUDropping this reveals the moon
              ... agree with ariel regarding fairer crossings for 44A
              44A JUSTINBAILEYNotable Metroid password
              - although this is a pretty niche puzzle... there are many things that got me excited about it - the konami code, INSERTCOIN
              60A INSERTCOINArcade title screen's beckoning statement
              , the mental image of sonic's legs in 46D
              46D BLURSonic the Hedgehog's legs, while running
              ... a really good first effort!
              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
              1. 1D
                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
              9. 9D
                Modeling action
              10. 10D
                Twitter handle prefix
              11. 11D
                Staggering
              12. 12D
                Idaho's capital
              13. 13D
                sculptures often featuring the head, neck, and shoulders
              14. 18D
                Say ___ (refuse)
              15. 22D
                Arguments
              16. 24D
                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!"
              36. 49D
                The sun in Spain
              37. 52D
                partiality
              38. 53D
                "Give an ___ and they'll take a mile"
              39. 55D
                211 in Roman numerals
              40. 56D
                Quite a bunch
              41. 57D
                Irish homeland
              42. 58D
                Strands of double helices
              43. 61D
                ___ Paulo
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