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A Box of Tissues and a Carton of Ice Cream

· By Duncan Lyle · Published 10 months ago

Constructor's Note: This is a submission for the Feb. 2022 Midi Contest, with the contest's theme being "LOVE"
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  • Mike D 🤓3:26 · 10 months ago
    Fun theme! Gotta get someone on the ISS to solve this and force you to change the clue for EARTH
    41A EARTHYou are here, presumably
    😂
    • Duncan Lyle constructor · 10 months ago
      Hence the "presumably," haha!
    • Sims 18:11 · 10 months ago
      Really fun, had to give in eventually kept spelling 3D
      3D EDHOld English letter (Var.)
      as eth haha oh well
      • Duncan Lyle constructor · 10 months ago
        Yeah, it was a bit of crosswordese that I wasn't really happy with, but I hoped the crosser would make it gettable. Do you think the clue would benefit from a quick addition of "(Var.)" to the end? I debated it when I was cluing it, but ended up not putting it because none of the suggested NYT clues had it, even though Wikipedia clearly shows it as ETH, with EDH
        3D EDHOld English letter (Var.)
        as an alternate spelling.
        • Sims 18:11 · 10 months ago
          Yeah probably, tbh it took me a bit too long to get 9A
          9A LADLEBig dipper
          so if I had that I maybe would have understood it better. Crazy that NYT use EDH
          3D EDHOld English letter (Var.)
          too haha, doesn't come up very much in conversation haha
      • Jerome 🤓4:28 · 10 months ago
        Nice one! Thanks for sharing
        • Duncan Lyle constructor · 10 months ago
          And thanks for solving! Glad you enjoyed it.
        • Philip Chow 🤓3:55 · 10 months ago
          so many broken hearts! the clue for EARTH
          41A EARTHYou are here, presumably
          was fun - nice puzzle
          • Duncan Lyle constructor · 10 months ago
            I know... but I know they'll heal with time. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it!
          • Aaron 🤓2:48 · 10 months ago
            Fun puzzle! The minute I saw the circled squares I knew what the theme was going to be. Loved the breezy, conversational tone of the clues in contrast with the event memorialized by the theme.
            • Duncan Lyle constructor · 10 months ago
              Thanks, and I enjoyed being able to have that same reaction when I opened your puzzle! I appreciate your comment regarding the clues; I definitely made an effort to put more time and thought into writing them, since I'd felt it wasn't my strong suit in my January puzzle. Good cluing is definitely still more challenging than I thought it would be, but I'm glad to hear it paid off!
            • quatrevingtneuf 🤓3:54 · 10 months ago
              v nice 👏
            • Ben Zoon 4:19 · 10 months ago
              Love how you broke the heart in so many different ways. Now if only I could spell AITCH
              7D AITCHIt's between Gee and I
              .
              • Duncan Lyle constructor · 10 months ago
                Thanks! The side of me that loves patterns felt that it only made sense to use all four possible ways of breaking them. And trimming my amount of crosswordese like AITCH
                7D AITCHIt's between Gee and I
                (and TOR
                35D TORScience fiction and fantasy publisher named for a geological feature
                and TOC
                38A TOCEminem's "Ricky Ticky ___"
                and ECH
                33D ECHUtterance of disgust
                and EDH
                3D EDHOld English letter (Var.)
                and... you get the idea, I used a lot, which I didn't really like!) is definitely something I really want to focus on next month, but I tried to at least have decent crossers to make them more gettable.
              • M Forest 8:35 · 9 months ago
                Great theme! Some of the fill was iffy, like AICH and TIOGA
                39A TIOGACounty name found in both New York and Pennsylvania
                and the numerous 3-letter abbreviations/acronyms.
                • Duncan Lyle constructor · 9 months ago
                  Thank you, I appreciate the feedback! I'm definitely still learning the ropes, but I don't disagree at all with your comments; cleaner fill and fewer three-letter answers is what I want to focus on improving next time around.
                1ADo some woolgathering?
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                Across
                1. 1A
                  Do some woolgathering?
                2. 6A
                  Start of a paragraph?
                3. 9A
                  Big dipper
                4. 10A
                  Too much of it can be a ball-buster
                5. 11A
                  Ice Cube's given first name
                6. 12A
                  GPS suggestion
                7. 13A
                  Number cruncher facing crunch time in Apr.
                8. 15A
                  Tops of the corporate ladder
                9. 18A
                  With 28-Across
                  See 18-Across[------]
                  , results of messy breakups, perhaps... and a description of the circled letters
                10. 21A
                  A/V cable
                11. 22A
                  Gamers may have one at a party
                12. 23A
                  Alternatives to Cokes and Pepsis
                13. 25A
                  Islamic festival
                14. 26A
                  Length x width
                15. 28A
                  See 18-Across
                  With 28-Across, results of messy breakups, perhaps... and a description of the circled letters[------]
                16. 30A
                  Sweat unit
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                  Neighbor of N.Y. and Minn.
                18. 32A
                  Michael of SNL
                19. 34A
                  Pretentious
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                  Eminem's "Ricky Ticky ___"
                21. 39A
                  County name found in both New York and Pennsylvania
                22. 40A
                  Univ., coll., or acad.
                23. 41A
                  You are here, presumably
                Down
                1. 1D
                  ___-mo
                2. 2D
                  Doesn't lack
                3. 3D
                  Old English letter (Var.)
                4. 4D
                  Smart follower
                5. 5D
                  Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The ___"
                6. 6D
                  Step before feather
                7. 7D
                  It's between Gee and I
                8. 8D
                  Malamute matchmaker, maybe
                9. 14D
                  Poblano, after drying
                10. 16D
                  Leave unsaid
                11. 17D
                  Vicious and Caesar
                12. 18D
                  Spill
                13. 19D
                  Not well done?
                14. 20D
                  Plays without a break
                15. 24D
                  House's neighbor?
                16. 27D
                  Impromptu
                17. 29D
                  Central courtyards
                18. 33D
                  Utterance of disgust
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                  Science fiction and fantasy publisher named for a geological feature
                20. 36D
                  Pepper's rank: Abbr.
                21. 37D
                  "Boo-___!"
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