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Ghost (Director's Cut) (PfP #78c)

· By Conflux · Published 4 months ago

Constructor's Note: Testers found some of the clues I originally had for this puzzle too obscure/hard/specific to me. They're probably right, so I took them out, but I still like the clues! This is the puzzle with those clues left in, so solve at your own risk if you want the "director's cut" of the puzzle! The normal version is at http://tinyurl.com/pfp-78c-crossword-o.
There's a certain two-word phrase that I've been thinking a lot about from a wordplay perspective, and so eventually I had to make a puzzle with that as the seed. It's 11-Across. Two more things about the long entries: (1) "West Coast" is also the title of an Imagine Dragons song. It has the lyric "I'll be your West Coast, honey," and, like, it would literally make more sense in my opinion if it was "I'll be your guest host, honey." (2) It's not at all true, but I really really want "ghost" to have originally been a hybrid of the words "guest" and "host." Or a shortening of "guest host."
I make puzzles (of all different kinds, not just crosswords!) at http://tinyurl.com/puzzlesforprogress. Go check them out! I'm also gradually posting my entire crossword archive on Crosshare.
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  • Frisco17 🤓1:51 · 4 months ago
    hell yeah
    • I tried this one first and then decided to take the easy way out at the other link 😂 - nice grid!
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      Across
      1. 1A
        Soak (up)
      2. 4A
        Walk at a leisurely pace
      3. 9A
        Mo. that loses two letters when abbreviated
      4. 10A
        Aired, as an old TV show
      5. 11A
        Oxymoronic two-word phrase whose two words come from the same root
      6. 13A
        System where 48 is 0
      7. 14A
        They can be measured in lbs.
      8. 15A
        Like a crossword with obscure answers and boring clues
      9. 17A
        Pres. who collected stamps
      10. 19A
        Phoenices' birthplaces
      11. 22A
        US region that "double-rhymes" with 11-Across
        Oxymoronic two-word phrase whose two words come from the same root[---------]
      12. 24A
        "Not doing this"
      13. 25A
        "How was __ know?"
      14. 26A
        "grapes; for the __ shall eat them" (result of Google Translating "__" into Latin and back twice, before they fixed it)
      15. 27A
        __-tile (shape that can be divided into smaller versions of itself)
      Down
      1. 1D
        Epic
      2. 2D
        Work
      3. 3D
        Forerunner
      4. 4D
        Sol Ring and Black Lotus
      5. 5D
        [shrug]
      6. 6D
        Result of a "moderate amount of eumelanin," as MedlinePlus puts it
      7. 7D
        Ultimate
      8. 8D
        Middle-earth creatures common in crosswords
      9. 12D
        Trig fn. that loses one letter when abbreviated
      10. 16D
        GI-entertaining org.
      11. 17D
        "This might be irrelevant, but..." over text
      12. 18D
        One of two songs on The Hamilton Mixtape
      13. 20D
        Spanish for "this" or "east"
      14. 21D
        "Alexa, __" —me, often
      15. 23D
        Stomach, cutesily
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