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Mini - B.S. (Before Shortz)

· By Aaron · Published about 1 month ago

Constructor's Note: A quick (not serious at all) mini to try out barred grids. Medium difficulty.
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  • Frisco17 🤓2:09 · about 1 month ago
    Some great clues and references, very clean and fun, loved it!
    • Mike D 🤓1:47 · about 1 month ago
      This was really cool - great theme and puzzle!
      • Jon 5:55 · about 1 month ago
        Tricky
        • Gregg Tracton 35:31 · about 1 month ago
          Oreo is Greek for MOUNTAIN
          12A MOUNTAINOreo, before Shortz
          , huh? Ok, I got that from the crosses, but then thought there must be a hidden pun for 12D being MOLESKIN. MALESKAN
          14A MALESKANOne descriptor of crosswords that used cluing such as 12A and words like 10D
          is a word you’ll find only in crossword blogs, and a NATICK, to boot! :)
          • Aaron constructor · about 1 month ago
            Yeah, it's very much an "inside baseball" theme - crosswords about crosswords. If you're interested in how the clueing for OREO changed over time, xwordinfo's a great resource - https://www.xwordinfo.com/Finder?word=OREO. Scroll down to the Pre-Shortz puzzles and things really start to change. Honestly pick any common word and it's fascinating to see the trends in clueing over time.
          • Ajay 🤓2:44 · 30 days ago
            Omg. I can’t even
            1AMe: "Can I put a two-letter word in a crossword?" Will Shortz: "___". Me: "Joke's on you, I did it anyway"
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            1. 1A
              Me: "Can I put a two-letter word in a crossword?" Will Shortz: "___". Me: "Joke's on you, I did it anyway"
            2. 3A
              "This Film is Not Yet Rated" subj.
            3. 5A
              Spider egg holder
            4. 6A
              Hashtag that invokes nostalgia, for short
            5. 8A
              Periodic Table ID
            6. 10A
              Jai ____ (ball sport popular in Florida... and crosswords)
            7. 12A
              Oreo, before Shortz
            8. 13A
              Kitschy lawn ornament that might be found next to an Elvis garden gnome
            9. 14A
              One descriptor of crosswords that used cluing such as 12A
              Oreo, before Shortz[--------]
              and words like 10D
              It was frequently clued as "Monkshood" in pre-Shortz puzzles (If you don't want to Google the answer, solve the clue "Soul legend Redding" and replace the first letter with an "A")[----]
            Down
            1. 1D
              Inhabitant of Oblivion's Imperial City, for short
            2. 2D
              It might be steel-cut
            3. 3D
              Instructions for driving stick?
            4. 4D
              "I'm drawing ___" (Scrabble player's gleeful thought)
            5. 5D
              Alternative to a toga or tunica
            6. 7D
              Siberian forest
            7. 8D
              Running the gamut from right-wing talk radio to left-of-the-dial college stations to Active Rock (the industry term for "you've heard this Nickelback song ten times, you'll hear it ten more times, and you'll like it")
            8. 9D
              "Have one ____" (2010 Joanna Newsom triple-LP that's the antithesis of Nickelback)
            9. 10D
              It was frequently clued as "Monkshood" in pre-Shortz puzzles (If you don't want to Google the answer, solve the clue "Soul legend Redding" and replace the first letter with an "A")
            10. 11D
              Privy to, like a joke
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