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Exercise for the Reader

鈼嗏梿By kieranjboyd Published 9 days ago

Constructor's Note: My entry for the September 2022 midi contest, using the specified theme 'Back to School'
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  • SporcleMirror 馃6:58聽路聽9 days ago
    SPLINE
    3D SPLINECurve created from fixed points, either with a piece of wood or in computer graphics
    ! I studied those in one of my latest classes, surprised to see that answer. SARAN
    14A SARANIt's used in some film production [hehehehe]
    was a gimme... for me. A less mean constructor would have used SARAH and SHE instead of SARAN
    14A SARANIt's used in some film production [hehehehe]
    and SNO
    12D SNO___ Balls [look, an American treat that isn't OREO!]
    , but you know, the FILM-themed contest. BEATLEMANIA
    32A BEATLEMANIA1960s affliction that originated in the UK
    is a great bonus entry and I wish I could include some long bonuses in my contest submission but my themers are grid-spanners with the worst letter placement ever. My grid just doesn't want to fill itself nicely.
    The GNC
    16D GNCVitamin retailer based in Pittsburgh, PA that's now owned by a foreign corporation [and which appears literally in this clue]
    /RENOS
    18A RENOSExtensions and redecorations, in short *
    crossing gave me some trouble but I'm not the one who decided to stack three theme answers.
    Unrelated to this puzzle: If you want, you could give me your email address so that I can send you the COW candidates from last week. I sent them to @mike and they're probably in the spam folder, AGAIN.
    • kieranjboyd constructor聽路聽9 days ago
      Yeah when the autofiller suggested SARAN
      14A SARANIt's used in some film production [hehehehe]
      , I knew what I had to do. Cheers for the feedback - might tweak it a little in the middle.
      Re: COWs (not the bovines), @damefoxwords had the responsibility of writing the weekly email this week, if that was your intended forum. Otherwise, you could chuck 'em in the Discord - the folks there would probably appreciate them!
    • Mike D 馃5:01聽路聽8 days ago
      Great puzzle!
      • T. G. 7:46聽路聽8 days ago
        Nice one!
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        Across
        1. 1A
          Cruxes
        2. 6A
          Calling someone out? *
        3. 10A
          Their all ins can't be matched
        4. 13A
          Word in an honorific that means "ocean" or "big" in Mongolic
        5. 14A
          It's used in some film production [hehehehe]
        6. 15A
          Updating a landing page, for example *
        7. 17A
          Artist who sings in 'Get Back'
        8. 18A
          Extensions and redecorations, in short *
        9. 21A
          Where to watch AGT, SNL, or SVU
        10. 24A
          Tasks often procrastinated *
        11. 28A
          'Bluebird', 'Freelancer', 'Phoenix', or 'Amy Tippin', for the character Sydney Bristow in the TV show 28A
          'Bluebird', 'Freelancer', 'Phoenix', or 'Amy Tippin', for the character Sydney Bristow in the TV show 28A[-----]
        12. 31A
          Final hurdle for Brittany in 'Brittany Runs a Marathon'
        13. 32A
          1960s affliction that originated in the UK
        14. 34A
          Teacher's assignment, or a description for each starred entry
        15. 35A
          Hamlet and Giancarlo Esposito, by birth [but not Crown Princess Mary, she's Aussie!]
        Down
        1. 1D
          WoW group
        2. 2D
          Weaken
        3. 3D
          Curve created from fixed points, either with a piece of wood or in computer graphics
        4. 4D
          Sailor or ascot
        5. 5D
          Mam谩 Imelda and Mam谩 Coco, in 'Coco' (abbr.)
        6. 7D
          Name of a deadly hurricane that made landfall in Louisiana just over a year ago
        7. 8D
          Emperor who's famous for fiddling with fire?
        8. 9D
          Mother's mother, informally
        9. 10D
          Organisation that would respond to a theoretical zombie outbreak in the States (abbr.)
        10. 11D
          "Ni ___!" (greeting in Tianjin)
        11. 12D
          ___ Balls [look, an American treat that isn't OREO!]
        12. 16D
          Vitamin retailer based in Pittsburgh, PA that's now owned by a foreign corporation [and which appears literally in this clue]
        13. 19D
          "Ugh, for real鈥"
        14. 20D
          (Video game in which players trade football cards that are) Extremely sparse
        15. 21D
          Catch, as a thief
        16. 22D
          Reaction somewhere between "yeesh" and "wowza"
        17. 23D
          "____!" (greeting in Turin)
        18. 25D
          Makes a tier list
        19. 26D
          ___ Studios, previous name for the building where 'Abbey Road' was recorded
        20. 27D
          Apt rhyme for "aah" and "poolside juice bar"
        21. 29D
          Green machine [in countries where money is green]
        22. 30D
          Go downhill quickly?
        23. 33D
          Town found on the waters of Hawaii [and literally within this clue]
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