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Chris A. McGlothlin
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See the answer words debuted by Chris A. McGlothlin.


6 puzzles by Chris A. McGlothlin

Fri 1/31/2014
LETSDOTHISTHING
ANIMATIONSTUDIO
HADALONGWAYTOGO
AMICISTALUNGS
BEEKBEINGSOLE
ALSVALETEDTED
NEUTERDOTES
ADPAGESFELTTIP
XAXISVOYAGE
AMASAMISENCOT
RANDMULANNOTE
ARAILLEUGABOR
BANDEDANTEATERS
ICANNOTTELLALIE
CASTONESSPELLON
Beautiful set of triple-stacks today. Typically I groan a little when I see 'em because of the tortured crossings that usually occur, but I really enjoyed today's. If it hadn't been for a small handful of questionable entries, I would have given it the POW. Extremely difficult to execute a perfect set of triple stacks, but this comes close.

Making it even more difficult, Chris's grid only uses 64 words. Typically puzzles with triple-stacks have more like 68 or 70 words, which makes the crossings easier to produce (typically, shorter words = more options available). But look at what Chris uses for crosses: long stuff like HOG TIED, IN WANT OF, TIDIES UP. Wow! The top stack is particularly nice, with the glaring exception of LA HABANA, which felt a bit like a "glue" entry to hold the stack together. Perhaps not to native Cubans?

Entries like LA HABANA which alternate consonant-vowel-repeat are very helpful in long constructions (because so many words and phrases exhibit this pattern). The use of all those As felt a little unsightly though, given that so many glue-y entries used them: LA HABANA, ANANAS, NATAL, A RAIL. A couple of lesser entries are fine to hold a nice construction together, but having them all be of the same pattern felt conspicuous. Sort of like if a single puzzle was stellar except for it had SSW, SST, SSS, and SSA — you'd notice that and think it a bit unsightly, yeah?

Beautiful cluing today. I was convinced "Marker's mark maker" had a typo until I realized that FELT TIP fit in perfectly (and that I might be drinking too much bourbon). "Bottom line?" was a fantastic wordplay-type clue for X-AXIS, and "Practice test?" for BAR EXAM also tickled me. But my favorite was the unassuming-looking "Square things", which misdirected "square" as an adjective, not a verb. Brilliant! It's this type of cluing that often makes a puzzle stand out for me, sometimes even more than the entries themselves.

While the top stack totally impressed me, the bottom gave me a slight hitch. I CANNOT TELL A LIE is fantastic, no doubt, especially with its fantastic clue. And CAST A SPELL ON is a great entry, but CAST ONES SPELL ON feels... rickety. Having the extra common letters of ONES (in alternating vowel-consonant pattern!) definitely helps in stacked constructions, but many times those phrases involving ONES feel a bit made-for-crosswords. And I would like BANDED ANTEATER if it were less a definitional entry (one that's difficult to clue without using the dictionary), but that plus its generally alternating v-c-v-c- pattern made it conspicuous to my eye. Ah well, you can't have it all.

Overall, an extremely impressive construction, the top half in particular, and a ton of great cluing.

Sat 8/10/2013
GODELESCHERBACH
PRIVATEAUDIENCE
SUMANDSUBSTANCE
DESGREAT
PANESPHILINDS
OROSBETSAFOOT
TAKZORACRINGE
SPOKEOFFTHECUFF
DAMASKEROSSOA
AHINTZWEILEON
MOSSDEWYPARDO
ATARIAIM
ONESECONDPLEASE
PUTSTHEKIBOSHON
STATEASSISTANCE
Sat 4/27/2013
SOBEREDUPMODEL
ALANADALEALEXA
PENINSULAJILTS
SADDLEBAGOVERT
ALERAREGAS
ONSETSCAPITALU
POEMEKEVINTAP
ESAUGREENGORP
NYSEMALLDIRGE
IPODNANOCENSER
NANETTEMIX
GRATEPOINTLESS
AKBARORDERARMS
CELIEODDMANOUT
TRENDLOYALISTS
Tue 7/10/2012
ATLASSKITOMS
THEREKINGREET
RETARGETSHANEY
ANTRIGHTTOVOTE
FANHUE
ADMITSCROLLSBY
NEALEAHEMDORA
TAXESDIPWATER
ITISLIPOETHAN
CHEESIESTNEEDS
RHOMTS
PROVENANCESEFS
AOLERREEDORGAN
BOARDFARLOOSE
AMYSSRAOESTE
Fri 7/1/2011
EPITAPHJEWELER
THRILLAUNITIVE
HIALEAHSTROBES
ELIRNATOEELO
LISPCHEFDARIA
SPEARANONRANK
RAYGRACKLES
ATDETLMTRAI
EGGSHELLLES
LALASAIDDABLL
BRENTTTOPSLOE
OBIWVURIPOSA
WARRIORENROOTS
EGOISTEMOONPIE
DENOTESINFESTS
Sun 1/23/2011LETTER OPENERS
TALIARVALUEHBOMB
ORINGAILINGIMPAIRS
TILDESBRANDONOSTRIL
ESTREETBANDATVDDAY
MESACOILSPOOIPOD
GMANBURNELWOOD
NUSENSAMASSESANGLE
SHOTATMDASHSKYSEW
YACHTLUMPSUMETES
NUKESASISPAZEDNA
CLEMVSIXRAILARFS
DECACELDCXLAREST
DAISSEQUOIAPETTY
COMJLOSTANSBISHOP
DRANOSWAHILIARAAPE
CAROLSTTOPRENA
IDEEWOWASPCASPIT
LBAREXOYCHROMOSOME
BENAZIRCHURROSNIPER
STAMINAAERIESCSPAN
SAGGYPDIDDYDIANE