Hi pals! Meatdaddy made this grid and Alex Boisvert and I collaborated on the set of clues in today's puzzle. My favorite clues are 3D, 41D (mine) and 30D, 14A (Alex's). To see a bunch of other takes on this grid, check out the Tabula Rasa puzzle pack over at The Deli Counter. Also please check out another puzzle Alex and I made together, Dangerzone.
eta: Alex also fed this grid into a bot for cluing and shared the results. it's ... "extremely dumb" and "totally solvable."
Meatdaddy says,"One of my favorite things about crossword puzzles is seeing the many ways that different constructors will clue a single word - for just a moment, you get to peer inside the mind of someone else and at the expense of sounding cheesy, it's a lovely, intimate moment. Not only that, but I also frequently find myself thinking "man, I wish I would have thought of that cluing angle!" and it's a testament to the diverse skill sets and talent in our lil' community. The main goal of Tabula Rasa was to pick everyone's brains by sending them a silly grid with fun fill and words with a handful of different cluing angles. I also wanted to get new constructors involved - building your own grid for the first time is not only intimidating, but can also be cost prohibitive during *gestures at world events*. I wanted this to be an approachable opportunity for new constructors to get their foot in the door, and I'm very pleased to say that I think it was successful in that. Ultimately, at the end of the day, I just hope everyone had a lot of fun doing this and I'm really grateful for everyone's enthusiasm about the project!"
This blog may be kind of quiet these days, because I've been making puzzles for elsewhere. Please check out this fun stuff I've been working on:
Coming soon! Later this week I'll post a fun and tricky midi I made with Will. Also watch for my next Lil AVC X coming in April. And keep an eye out for the next Just the Grid, for which I wrote some clues, and the puzzles are always so fun to solve.
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ANNDDD ... I'll see ya at ACPT!!!! 🥳