Another advantage of NaCroWriMo is that it's pulling stuff out of my drafts that I should have finished long ago. This is for sure in that category. Remember way back in July when Will posted his aleatory experiment, and then a bunch of us did the randomizer, and then some of us made puzzles off of it? (Brian 1 | Brian 2 | Richard | Trent | anyone else?) Well I did too, except I never got around to getting it into bloggable shape (until now).
For you, this will play like a regular themeless crossword - there's no meta, revealer, etc. The colors and circles mean nothing to the solve. The five yellow blocks were the first required by the randomizer. The blue indicates forced blocks - those that had to be added to maintain rotational symmetry and follow regular crossword grid rules. The circled squares are the letters and their placement forced by the randomizer. As you can see - it did not make this easy. When you see that entry at 18-Across, you'll know why Will said:
To see my entire construction process, click the Show button. Note: this will show you 11 letters of the completed grid. Please come back and read this after you solve!
Next, I split the top and bottom rows. This ended up entirely dictated by what I could fit with a TQxx at 18-Across. There weren't many options, but LGTBQIA saved this whole puz. Putting a single block before the L locked in the top and bottom six rows.
If you solve it, blog it, stream it, like it, love it, or find a typo, let me know! twitter | email | or comment below. Thanks!
Fullscreen solve | (no puz this time; formatting)
thanks for solving!!Delete