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The Big 5-0

· By Sommersmith · Published 12 days ago

Wow, I've posted kind of a lot of crosswords, haven't I? I knew I wanted this one to be a commemorative one, especially after solving my fellow Crosshare constructor Joah's own similarly-themed puzzle a few weeks ago. (Check out Joah's excellent puzzle here - https://crosshare.org/crosswords/vopZNBFuTb5nQOWl4OJA )
Thank you to everyone who has been solving my crosswords, and thanks for all the comments, feedback and encouragement I've gotten. Thanks especially to Mike D for creating this platform, Clairellyn Sommersmith for supporting this new obsession of mine (and doing my crosswords with her staff at work!), and Huan-Hua Chye for test-solving some of my more involved grids, including this one!
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  • Mike D 🤓4:13 · 12 days ago
    Amazing feat! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful grids with us - I can't wait until number 261 😉
    • Alex T 🤓16:53 · 12 days ago
      The last thing to correct was 8A
      8A ONAROLL"Wow, 13A 16A in ten weeks? You're _______!"
      , which I'd decided must be 'onarous'!
      • Peter L 🤓4:37 · 12 days ago
        Awesome grid, fill, and clues! I'm going to count 19D
        19D SAVOIR_____-faire: Confidence in any social situation
        as a TMBG reference ;)
        • Sommersmith constructor · 12 days ago
          That's where I first learned the phrase! :D
          • Frisco17 5:08 · 12 days ago
            hell yeah
            • Crumpart 14:50 · 12 days ago
              I didn't know this was a TMBG reference! I knew this one as the name of a French art supply wholesaler...
              • Sommersmith constructor · 12 days ago
                It's not intrinsically, but they have a song called "Extra Savoir-Faire"
          • Frisco17 5:08 · 12 days ago
            Great puzzle, great theme and fill, and most importantly, congratulations!
          • JeffPrug 🤓5:57 · 12 days ago
            Congrats on 50! I always enjoy doing your puzzles and am looking forward to more.
            • Sommersmith constructor · 11 days ago
              Thanks! More are definitely coming! :D
            • Lisa Talya 🤓5:23 · 12 days ago
              Nice one! Very much relate to 11-Down
              11D ITLLBEFUN"Try constructing crossword 16A," they said. "_________," they said. "Won't consume your entire life," they said.
              • Sommersmith constructor · 11 days ago
                You know it! :)
              • MIchiganM 22:37 · 12 days ago
                nice, there were 2 I just couldn't get the right idiom
                • Sommersmith constructor · 11 days ago
                  Thanks! Sorry for the tough solve!
                • LCL 👇15:07 · 11 days ago
                  Congratulations! A new career awaits - oh, wait, you want to make a living. Never mind. Be that as it may, thanks for the puzzles, and stay sane! (At least no less sane than usual.)
                  • Sommersmith constructor · 4 days ago
                    Thank you, and you're welcome! And I think I've got a reasonable hold on my sanity, though that may be slipping as I do more and more full-sized puzzles... :)
                  • Orfington 🤓4:17 · 4 days ago
                    Congratulations on the milestone! Your puzzles are always a fun solve.
                    • Sommersmith constructor · 4 days ago
                      Thanks very much!
                    1AOriginally a biblically-mandated period every 13A
                    With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                    years for the forgiveness of debts; now any major anniversary celebration
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                    1. 1A
                      Originally a biblically-mandated period every 13A
                      With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                      years for the forgiveness of debts; now any major anniversary celebration
                    2. 8A
                      "Wow, 13A
                      With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                      16A
                      See 13A[-------]
                      in ten weeks? You're _______!"
                    3. 9A
                      Pressure measurement, for short
                    4. 12A
                      Gateway Arch city
                    5. 13A
                      With 16A
                      See 13A[-------]
                      , what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th
                    6. 15A
                      Bring home
                    7. 16A
                      See 13A
                      With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                    8. 18A
                      Sounds from a crib
                    9. 20A
                      Tribal land, informally
                    10. 21A
                      Letters after a business name
                    11. 22A
                      President on the 13A
                      With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                      dollar bill
                    12. 25A
                      Pintful, often
                    13. 26A
                      Slo-___ fuse
                    14. 27A
                      Like 13A
                      With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                      -13A
                      With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                      odds
                    15. 28A
                      Russian space station whose name meant "peace"
                    16. 29A
                      Superlative suffix
                    17. 30A
                      Muesli morsel
                    18. 31A
                      "13A
                      With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                      16A
                      See 13A[-------]
                      in ten weeks? That's nothing to _______!"
                    19. 33A
                      This crossword, for a publication requiring 15x15 grids, rotational symmetry and all-over interlock
                    20. 37A
                      Full range
                    21. 38A
                      At a rate of five per week, how long it should take me to post two hundred sixty-one 16A
                      See 13A[-------]
                    22. 39A
                      ID on many financial documents
                    23. 40A
                      Traditional gift to celebrate 13A
                      With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                      years of marriage
                    Down
                    1. 1D
                      Esposo de María
                    2. 2D
                      "I look terrible in that photo - _____ me!"
                    3. 3D
                      Gandalf's opponent in the mines of Moria
                    4. 4D
                      Smelter's raw material
                    5. 5D
                      Music's Reed or Rawls
                    6. 6D
                      Wallach of stage and screen
                    7. 7D
                      Letter shapes with which the Romans wrote the number 13A
                      With 16A, what I've posted on Crosshare between July 7th and September 14th[-----]
                    8. 9D
                      Places to get a New York slice
                    9. 10D
                      Sheet music letters indicating a strong accent
                    10. 11D
                      "Try constructing crossword 16A
                      See 13A[-------]
                      ," they said. "_________," they said. "Won't consume your entire life," they said.
                    11. 13D
                      Filling up, at Kwik Trip
                    12. 14D
                      Chews out
                    13. 16D
                      British baby buggies
                    14. 17D
                      Actor Adam or cartoonist Adams
                    15. 19D
                      _____-faire: Confidence in any social situation
                    16. 23D
                      Without ice
                    17. 24D
                      Explosive letters
                    18. 32D
                      Some radios
                    19. 33D
                      Sack
                    20. 34D
                      2015 hit for Chris Brown and Tyga, with some problematic-at-best gender politics
                    21. 35D
                      Singer ___ Shannon or restaurant ___ Taco
                    22. 36D
                      Passing craze
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