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· By M Forest · Published 7 months ago

Constructor's Note: There's no trick to the shaded squares - just emphasizing the theme!
Hope you enjoyed learning about these amazing women who had a major impact on the sport of running! This was part of the March 2022 midi contest (broad theme was "women").
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  • Mike D 3:05 · 7 months ago
    Great puzzle!
    • Philip Chow 5:29 · 6 months ago
      nice puzzle and apt title - i really appreciate you adding the extra hints in the NE corner because that RICOH
      5A RICOHMaker of large printers that is an anagram of "choir"
      /RAYE
      5D RAYEComic Martha nicknamed "The Big Mouth" (rhymes with "weigh")
      crossing is tough
      • M Forest constructor · 6 months ago
        Yeah I noticed a lot of solvers getting hung up there so I softened the clues quite a bit. Too many proper nouns crossing up there 😬
      • Aaron 🤓2:06 · 6 months ago
        Fun puzzle! I appreciated the clean and easy fill crossing the themers as I know absolutely nothing about running and needed all the help I could get.
        1ASmall nail
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        Across
        1. 1A
          Small nail
        2. 5A
          Maker of large printers that is an anagram of "choir"
        3. 10A
          Ready to eat
        4. 11A
          Large joint, slangily
        5. 12A
          iPhone downloads
        6. 13A
          Athlete Tyus, the first person ever to defend 100m gold at the Olympics (1964, 1968)
        7. 14A
          Athlete Brisco, the first person ever to win Olympic gold in both the 200m and 400m in the same year (1984)
        8. 16A
          Tit ___ tat
        9. 17A
          Consumed only uncooked food
        10. 18A
          Puts on
        11. 19A
          "Racer's edge" co.
        12. 20A
          Hot stuff in a big balloon
        13. 21A
          Meme reactions, maybe
        14. 23A
          Keg attachment
        15. 26A
          Pen to prevent anaphylaxis
        16. 27A
          Athlete Kathrine, the first woman ever to run in the Boston Marathon (1967)
        17. 28A
          Athlete Mary, the only person to simultaneously hold every U.S. record from 800m to 10k (1983)
        18. 30A
          Carry
        19. 31A
          Like any deep fried food
        20. 32A
          Quaint lodgings
        21. 33A
          Third rock from the sun
        22. 34A
          Two share a pod in a common idiom
        Down
        1. 1D
          Cheer for a diva
        2. 2D
          Claw rapaciously
        3. 3D
          Kitchen tool for coring and segmenting
        4. 4D
          Gobi and Mojave, for two
        5. 5D
          Comic Martha nicknamed "The Big Mouth" (rhymes with "weigh")
        6. 6D
          "How was ___ know?"
        7. 7D
          Safe space one might step out of from time to time
        8. 8D
          Fundamental vegetable in many recipes
        9. 9D
          Listens to
        10. 11D
          "Not sure how helpful this will be, but anyway..." (abbr.)
        11. 15D
          Genre for Kendrick Lamar
        12. 18D
          Bit of nutritional advice
        13. 20D
          Boxer Laila
        14. 21D
          Cliff protrusion
        15. 22D
          Verdi work
        16. 23D
          Out of whack
        17. 24D
          Health insurance giant based in Connecticut
        18. 25D
          Type of junket or gym maneuver
        19. 27D
          Band jam, informally
        20. 29D
          Kit ___ bar
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