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Midi - Worst Valentines' Day Ever?

· By Aaron · Published 10 months ago

Constructor's Note: Entry for the February 2022 Discord midi challenge. Easyish difficulty.
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  • Mike D 🤓4:29 · 10 months ago
    Nice one! Definitely didn't find it too easy - I almost gave up a couple of times but glad I stuck with it!
    • Aaron constructor · 10 months ago
      Thanks. I feel like I've improved at gauging the difficulty of my own puzzles but everyone's knowledge and life experience is different. Your easy Tuesday could be my tricky Thursday.
    • Duncan Lyle 🤓5:36 · 10 months ago
      Great puzzle! And I have to say, I really liked the theme. 😉 I chuckled at 19D
      19D TRECoolest member of Green Day?
      , and I wouldn't say 37A
      37A TEMPTLeave cake out on the counter, say
      was difficult per SE, but the "aha" definitely took a couple seconds and was a very fun clue.
      • Aaron constructor · 10 months ago
        Thanks! I just started working through the contest submissions and now I feel bad for "taking" your theme. Definitely a bit eerie that we posted our puzzles around the same time.
        • Duncan Lyle 🤓5:36 · 10 months ago
          Haha, I wouldn't say either of us "took" the other's theme at all! We just both had the same great idea. 😎
          • Aaron constructor · 10 months ago
            Good way of putting it! As they say, great minds think alike. I always appreciate seeing how multiple people approach the same theme.
      • Hoyt Arcane 🤓3:58 · 10 months ago
        Great grid art, great fill -- fantastic puzzle!
        • Aaron constructor · 10 months ago
          Thanks! The grid art wasn't intentional actually! I just thought the theme would work well with L/R symmetry.
        • quatrevingtneuf 6:01 · 10 months ago
          RIIS
          17A RIISSocial reformer Jacob
          😰 gonna have to add that to my crosswordese list. nice theme and pleasant xword
          • jasonwestley 🤓9:11 · 10 months ago
            Nice puzzle.
            • rickybillingsgate 🤓2:30 · 10 months ago
              nice
              • M Forest 9:44 · 9 months ago
                1D
                1D MOLARGnasher in a mouth
                had me fooled, I thought it was TOOTH! Nice theme although I wish "heart" would have split in different ways.
                1A"Paper _____ Dream Balloon" (2015 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard LP)
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                Across
                1. 1A
                  "Paper _____ Dream Balloon" (2015 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard LP)
                2. 6A
                  Certain Star Wars robot, in crossword-speak
                3. 11A
                  Netflix crime drama
                4. 12A
                  Litigating
                5. 13A
                  Ursula K Le Guin's "The _____ of Heaven"
                6. 14A
                  Musical homonym of 22A
                  Creative homonym of 14A[----]
                7. 15A
                  Noise from a toy?
                8. 16A
                  Opponent of Wade
                9. 17A
                  Social reformer Jacob
                10. 19A
                  Sines over cosines, for short
                11. 20A
                  P.S. 161 in Queens is named after him
                12. 22A
                  Creative homonym of 14A
                  Musical homonym of 22A[-----]
                13. 23A
                  St. Valentine, on February 14, perhaps
                14. 25A
                  "Would you like fries ___ milkshake with your burger?"
                15. 26A
                  Description of one's feelings after a Valentines' day split... or one way to describe the theme of this puzzle
                16. 34A
                  Lauder at a Macy's counter
                17. 35A
                  Star _____
                18. 36A
                  Often "dank" Internet content
                19. 37A
                  Leave cake out on the counter, say
                Down
                1. 1D
                  Gnasher in a mouth
                2. 2D
                  Simpsons voice actor Hank
                3. 3D
                  Lure, as with a fake identity
                4. 4D
                  Regal acronym
                5. 5D
                  Scratch (out)
                6. 6D
                  "You're as cuddly ____ cactus..."
                7. 7D
                  Robotic drama
                8. 8D
                  Perform a chemical test
                9. 9D
                  Flavor profile of some bagels
                10. 10D
                  Architectural arches
                11. 18D
                  HBO competitor
                12. 19D
                  Coolest member of Green Day?
                13. 21D
                  Mac OS's Stickies or Android's Keep, for two
                14. 22D
                  Biblical peak
                15. 24D
                  Christmas ornament shape
                16. 26D
                  Edge
                17. 27D
                  End of a tongue
                18. 28D
                  rn
                19. 29D
                  Des'___ (R&B singer often found on old "worst lyrics ever" lists - sample: I don't want to see a ghost/ It's a sight that I fear most/ I'd rather have a piece of toast...)
                20. 30D
                  Only's partner
                21. 31D
                  Popular Korean surname
                22. 32D
                  What Zener cards test (abbr.)
                23. 33D
                  Surfing location devoid of water
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