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Flip it and reverse it, or: Crosswordese

· By Lloyd

This is a classic clue/answer switch theme on some common "crosswordese".
Certainly too 'inside baseball' for publication, I had some fun coming up with consistent and narrowly-defined theme entries.
This is certainly not the first puzzle to use this theme. Another nice example is “crosswordESE” by Lyle Broughton, published by Ria on gecxwords.
Enjoy!
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  • Mike D 🤓9:21 · 4 months ago
    Loved it, Lloyd! Very smooth solve. I don't think I've seen one of these clue/answer swap puzzles before so it's brand new to me!
    • Lloyd constructor · 4 months ago
      Thanks very much! It was news to me, too! As I understand it from test solvers, this theme type is passé and hasn't been seen for many years. Apparently due to a mix of theme entries that are often "not in the language" and as such are hard to discern due to their 'insider' style
    • Tarot And Rye 🤓5:31 · 4 months ago
      WOW this was a fun one.
      • hbxwords 🤓3:59 · 4 months ago
        Can you explain the crossing at 66A
        66A PTAPunch-Drunk Love writer/director, briefly
        and 62D
        62D ATNEnvelope letters
        ? I guessed but really didn't understand either there. Thanks!
        • Lloyd constructor · 4 months ago
          Happily! PTA
          66A PTAPunch-Drunk Love writer/director, briefly
          is how fans often refer to Paul Thomas Anderson, writer/director of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, etc. ATN
          62D ATNEnvelope letters
          is abbreviating Attention (although I believe it may more-commonly be ATTN?).
          • hbxwords 🤓3:59 · 4 months ago
            Thanks! ATN
            62D ATNEnvelope letters
            threw me because that's usually ATTN as you said :)
        • Anonymous Crossharer 9:13 · 4 months ago
          Enjoyed it. SE Natick. Attn.
          1ATic-toe connector
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          Across
          1. 1A
            Tic-toe connector
          2. 4A
            Bill providers
          3. 8A
            Lockdown cause, 100 years ago
          4. 13A
            Brouhaha
          5. 14A
            Poultry housing
          6. 15A
            Mary, often credited with inventing the miniskirt and hotpants
          7. 16A
            ONO (Oh, no! Not more crosswordese!)
          8. 19A
            Abate
          9. 20A
            Home extension?
          10. 22A
            Apple oracle
          11. 25A
            Space Force is its latest dept.
          12. 27A
            Flabbergast
          13. 28A
            Nashville sch.
          14. 29A
            AHAB (Aha! I know this bit of crosswordese, as I read the book in school!)
          15. 34A
            Adversary of forty thieves
          16. 36A
            "To Live and Die ___" (2Pac song)
          17. 37A
            Beginning, especially for Phil Collins
          18. 38A
            Devoted
          19. 42A
            Munches
          20. 43A
            Hemingway and Shackleton
          21. 44A
            ODIE (O, dear! Nobody cares about this character in the comic, why is this crosswordese so popular?)
          22. 48A
            Diego or Jose
          23. 49A
            Something a mansplainer likely has a big one of
          24. 50A
            Carnivale locale
          25. 51A
            Cries from Homer Simpson
          26. 52A
            Flood protector
          27. 55A
            What a doctor should do first
          28. 59A
            ENYA (An' yet more crosswordese!)
          29. 64A
            Prom choice
          30. 65A
            Standard util.
          31. 66A
            Punch-Drunk Love writer/director, briefly
          32. 67A
            Property, e.g.
          33. 68A
            Dinner or a movie
          34. 69A
            Part of Q&A
          Down
          1. 1D
            ___ Mahal
          2. 2D
            Countess Lovelace, known as the first computer programmer
          3. 3D
            Force unit?
          4. 4D
            Teen woe
          5. 5D
            Low digits?
          6. 6D
            Actress Carrie-Anne or Elisabeth
          7. 7D
            Swift
          8. 8D
            NO-ST connector
          9. 9D
            Reveals the orientation of, against one's wishes
          10. 10D
            Cafe au ___
          11. 11D
            Clothing line
          12. 12D
            Canada's capital
          13. 17D
            He who floats like a butterfly
          14. 18D
            Coated, like for metal pans
          15. 21D
            ___ of iniquity
          16. 22D
            Buck
          17. 23D
            At 822,700 square miles, Greenland is the biggest
          18. 24D
            Dig site
          19. 26D
            Bucks
          20. 29D
            Some Kenyans
          21. 30D
            Eulogy writer?
          22. 31D
            Distinctive feature of the Seinfeld Theme
          23. 32D
            Metallic sound
          24. 33D
            Green, leafy superfood
          25. 35D
            Grudge
          26. 39D
            ___ bucco
          27. 40D
            2002 Winter Olympics locale
          28. 41D
            Nine-digit IDs leaked for 143 million Americans in 2017 -- thanks Equifax!
          29. 44D
            Hair application
          30. 45D
            Items for discussion
          31. 46D
            Mars cars
          32. 47D
            Condemned
          33. 51D
            Run's hip-hop pal
          34. 53D
            Farm females
          35. 54D
            Relieve
          36. 56D
            Dance of undulating hips
          37. 57D
            At ___ time (prearranged)
          38. 58D
            Paella ingredient
          39. 60D
            Prime meridian std.
          40. 61D
            Choice for bar hops?
          41. 62D
            Envelope letters
          42. 63D
            Lil ___ X, author of the children's book, "C is for Country"
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