Angela Olson Halsted
Angela Olson Halsted 

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3 puzzles by Angela Olson Halsted — 1 solo and 2 collaborations

with constructor comments

See the answer words debuted by Angela Olson Halsted.

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Mon 7/15/2013
STAFFMATSCHEW
CUTERASHEHOYA
AGREEZOOMALEX
RAIDTHEFRIDGE
TABOOSIRISH
AVEREADINTO
BINGENEWTNOEL
EGORIDEOFFNED
ELLACASKLEERS
ROADBIKEYAM
SONJAHUMANE
RUDEAWAKENING
DAYSXMENWANDA
SWATPINKATEAM
LENSODDSRESTS
Jeff: Such a pleasure to with Angela on this puzzle. I had been thinking about vowel progressions, and noticed that RAID READ RIDE RODE RUDE worked pretty well. When RAID THE FRIDGE and RUDE AWAKENING came to mind, it seemed like we ought to give it a shot.

However, the fact that these first and last themers were both 13 letters long created a challenge, since 13's can't go in rows 3 and 13 due to black square constraints. That means all the theme answers had to get squished together. With five theme answers spaced just one row apart apiece, I wasn't sure it was going to be doable without including some ugly fill.

Luckily everything worked out out after a couple of attempts and Angela and I were off to the races! We really liked FLAME WAR and wanted to put in more sparkly long down stuff, so were pleased that NOLAN RYAN and HOLE IN ONE would fit without much compromise. And then FEED BAG and FRET OVER fell into place so nicely we held up our hands and said "I like!" in a Borat voice.

The only area we had to really work at was the center, which was constrained by the three middle theme answers. Having ICI, NDAK, and ATF all in close proximity wasn't ideal, but in the end we figured in the grand scheme of everything that was working in the puzzle, this was a good tradeoff.

Finally, I tried to sneak it in with Angela's name first but she out-sneaked me.

Mon 2/25/2013
BIDESATRIAICY
IDEALBEANSNOW
LIPTONBRISKTLC
BOOSERNSTRHEA
OTTAWAEERIE
THREEDAYFAST
ARMASSNDELRIO
COASTPDABEEPS
UNSAIDOLDEASH
PACIFICFLEET
UNSERFRASER
JILTHAUTEINFO
UZITAYLORSWIFT
DONIRONYRADIO
ODEEDNASSNEER
Tue 6/14/2011
BEDSTHATAGORA
YURIOOZENIXON
PRAMLATETRYIT
LOWBUDGETFILM
APIARYCHEFOPT
YENAOLROBROY
BLUEMANGROUP
ELIADERANTE
BUMMEDAROUND
ARMANIDNABOX
NEOTOSHINTIME
DOWNCOMFORTER
TREVIOREOIMAX
IBSENUSSRMARE
LITRETEAMSPAS