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Beaten at Love

· By Mike D · Published 8 months ago

Constructor's Note: My submission for February's midi contest!
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  • Clayton Tyler Henry 🤓5:14 · 8 months ago
    Well played, Mike! Good execution on the theme.
    • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
      Thank you!
    • Hoyt Arcane 🤓4:14 · 8 months ago
      Clever and fun!
      • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
        Thanks 😊
      • jasonwestley 🤓10:45 · 8 months ago
        Nicely done. Was about 75% done when I worked out the theme, which is just right I think 😁
        • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
          Heh that's just what I was aiming for!
          • kieranjboyd 5:33 · 8 months ago
            Same! "Gee, there's a lot of Z's in this grid, maybe I should finally check th- oh! Clever."
            • Duncan Lyle 🤓7:01 · 7 months ago
              Same, it took almost til the end for me! At first I was rebus-ing ZERO into all the Z boxes, but it still wasn't quite adding up until I looked at the rest of the acrosses and saw that ERO was already there! Very fun and well-executed.
            • Frisco17 🤓2:31 · 8 months ago
              Very cute!
              • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
                Thank you 😊
              • Ben Zoon 9:36 · 8 months ago
                Clever theme!
                • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
                  Thanks Ben!
                • Maxish 🤓4:56 · 8 months ago
                  Awesome! Loved it!
                  • Maxish 🤓4:56 · 8 months ago
                    I mean, "ZEROD it!"
                    • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
                      😂
                    • fancyshrew 🤓3:16 · 8 months ago
                      Guess what music genre I was listening to as i solved this puzzle...
                      • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
                        👟👁?
                      • bice 🤓7:19 · 8 months ago
                        That theme took be an embarrassingly long time to figure out. Very cool!
                        • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
                          Thank you!
                        • Wally 4:32 · 8 months ago
                          Very tricky! Awesome puzzle.
                          • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
                            Thanks!
                          • dplass 4:32 · 8 months ago
                            I don't get 16D
                            16D SHOEGAZERock genre for sneakerheads?
                            • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
                              The joke was supposed to be that sneakerheads (folks into collecting sneakers) are into "gazing at shoes", hence they'd be into SHOEGAZE
                              16D SHOEGAZERock genre for sneakerheads?
                              • dplass 4:32 · 8 months ago
                                Whoosh. Never heard of shoegaze, didn't even register as a word in my brain!
                            • Abide 🤓9:31 · 8 months ago
                              Very enjoyable! Penny didn’t drop until the last 10 squares filled in. 😮
                              • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
                                Perfect! Thank you 😊
                                • Abide 🤓9:31 · 8 months ago
                                  Listened to my first shoegaze playlist today. Not bad!
                              • Capn Rick 🤓4:32 · 8 months ago
                                Nice job, Mike! I enjoyed the solve.
                                • Mike D constructor · 8 months ago
                                  Thank you!
                                • Aaron 3:41 · 7 months ago
                                  Challenging and clever. Amazing clue for 16D
                                  16D SHOEGAZERock genre for sneakerheads?
                                  too.
                                  • Mike D constructor · 7 months ago
                                    Thank you! 😊
                                  • M4 🤓9:28 · 7 months ago
                                    Oh I see what you did there...
                                    • Joah 🤓7:08 · 4 months ago
                                      Just getting to this now, but really fun! Liked the variety in the theme answers!
                                      • Mike D constructor · 4 months ago
                                        Thanks! I remember it taking some time to find themers that weren’t duplicative
                                      1A*Shorebird that may be piping
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                                      Across
                                      1. 1A
                                        *Shorebird that may be piping
                                      2. 7A
                                        Beaver projects
                                      3. 11A
                                        Williams, Sanders, or Madoff
                                      4. 12A
                                        Notion
                                      5. 13A
                                        Try to deice the sidewalk again
                                      6. 14A
                                        Educator Horace
                                      7. 15A
                                        Mos. and mos.
                                      8. 17A
                                        Campaign funding org.
                                      9. 18A
                                        *Alternative to a bowline or sheet bend
                                      10. 22A
                                        "___: Battle Angel" (2019 film)
                                      11. 23A
                                        Prefix meaning "bone"
                                      12. 24A
                                        *Awards for outstanding fielders
                                      13. 26A
                                        Subj. for some immigrants
                                      14. 27A
                                        Droop
                                      15. 28A
                                        Singer Diamond
                                      16. 30A
                                        Senegal surrounds it
                                      17. 35A
                                        Convertible cousin
                                      18. 36A
                                        Ancient Mexicans
                                      19. 37A
                                        IRS IDs
                                      20. 38A
                                        Sport in which the starred entries make sense?
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                                        Cheap beer letters
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                                        Alphabet ender
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                                        EMT destinations
                                      4. 4D
                                        "Messenger" molecule
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                                        If bunched up while still wet they can be a fire hazard
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                                        Fashionably nostalgic
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                                        Poorly lit
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                                        Learn to live with
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                                        Threatens
                                      10. 10D
                                        Cervantes's ___ Panza
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                                        Rock genre for sneakerheads?
                                      12. 18D
                                        Hanger hangouts
                                      13. 19D
                                        Imaginary number?
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                                        JFK posting
                                      15. 21D
                                        Neighbor of Syr.
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                                        Representatives
                                      17. 25D
                                        Big name in restaurant reviews
                                      18. 29D
                                        CD predecessors
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                                        Peak: Abbr.
                                      20. 32D
                                        Jerry's partner
                                      21. 33D
                                        Here, to Henri
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                                        Pompous sort
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