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· By Brian Callahan · Published 2023-05-23T23:18:53.856Z · Crosshare's Daily Mini for 6/11/2023

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  • MattWords 4:56 · 2023-05-24T00:55:52.362Z
    Challenging and fun!
    • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-05-24T04:57:58.214Z
      Glad you liked! Thanks for solving
    • kieranjboyd 🤓53s · 2023-05-24T01:17:33.384Z
      "Why is camping so extreme?" "Because it's in 3D!"
      • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-05-24T04:57:43.301Z're cluing ALL of my puzzles from now on.
        Got anything punny for IDI AMIN?
        • kieranjboyd 🤓53s · 2023-05-24T08:09:27.693Z
          "Their name is an anagram of (and usually wouldn't appear) IN A MIDI"
          • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-05-24T15:27:06.838Z
            IDI AMIN also anagrams to MINI AID...which is the service you just provided!
      • seanm 🤓2:08 · 2023-05-24T02:15:04.319Z
        2D rules! So mad we're all stuck with QWERTY
        • seanm 🤓2:08 · 2023-05-24T02:16:20.416Z
          2D rules! So mad we're all stuck with 7A
          • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-05-24T05:04:32.098Z
            Ha! I've never used it, but I feel like it'd have about the same value as learning Esperanto. It definitely seems less stressful on the fingers (at least if you're typing English words)
            • seanm 🤓2:08 · 2023-05-24T14:07:17.678Z
              I tried learning it once.. when I first switched, my words per minute went from like 120 down to 9. I didn't have the patience to build it back up, just came crawling back to QWERTY with my tail between my legs 😝
          • jenesaiswha 🤓1:31 · 2023-05-24T15:03:32.156Z
            Hmmmm I really want to try a DVORAK keyboard and at the same time maybe don't wanna grab a beer with someone contrarian enough to use a DVORAK keyboard? (Did not know about these... thanks!)
          • Mike D 🤓33s · 2023-05-24T15:50:53.559Z
            OK this is finally the time where I semi-shamefully admit that this entire site has been coded using DVORAK 😯
            • Brian Callahan constructor · 2023-05-24T16:45:47.690Z
              I appreciate your courage coming out as a DVORAK user. Consider this QWERTY user an ally🤝
              • Mike D 🤓33s · 2023-05-24T19:09:42.407Z
              • Jim DeVona 🤓55s · 2023-06-11T01:11:33.992Z
              • Keith VanEtten 3:10 · 2023-05-24T16:38:04.442Z
                Very fun!
                • Jack 🤓1:47 · 2023-05-24T21:38:58.325Z
                  • Jake A 🤓48s · 2023-06-11T00:15:32.938Z
                    Excellent stuff!
                    • Jon 🤓1:09 · 2023-06-11T01:24:47.020Z
                      Nice one.
                      • JasonKB 🤓1:13 · 2023-06-11T22:06:39.919Z
                        Fun! I loved the theme, and the clever way you handled a Q in a mini.
                        • Jillian 🤓2:31 · 2023-06-13T19:46:44.459Z
                          • Sendhil Revuluri 🤓18s · 2023-11-13T19:30:55.077Z
                            "Silent Spring" subj.
                            1. 1A
                              "Silent Spring" subj.
                            2. 4A
                              Be too much of a helicopter parent
                            3. 6A
                              Part of a heat wave
                            4. 7A
                              Standard keyboard layout that became popular with the release of the Remington No. 2 typewriter in 1878
                            5. 8A
                              Marner of fiction
                            6. 9A
                              Rockies dweller
                            1. 1D
                              "Ooh, now THAT'S interesting..."
                            2. 2D
                              Alternative keyboard layout to 7-Across that's arguably faster and more ergonomic (but never caught on as the de facto layout)
                            3. 3D
                            4. 4D
                              Commentator Long of the "NFL on Fox"
                            5. 5D
                              King of Spain
                            6. 6D
                              Corp. hubs, for short