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# Thumbnails

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## 15 puzzles by Daniel A. Finan

 S L A P O N S T R E E T E L N O R T E C A S I N O S H E R P A L O U S I E R R I P S A W W E A S E L S C A T T E R I C E N A Y G R E E K S K N E A D S B A L D Y O K U M T E X A C O E L L E J U A N N E O G E N E E S E G L O B S R U D Y A R D A X E D A M B R O S E F O R G O S K E T C H Y T R E E L E T E A S E U P E N T E R S N E W E L C R E M E L I B Y A N S O D I H A L S L A N A S A D T H E M A G I B A T E S S L I G O O C C U P Y S N O O Z E E S T E V E Z B E H E A D S G R I E R C H I N E S E I R E D E A S T E N D B O E R S T A D W A R T H O G A R A L E T N A N A D I N E E N A C T S H O T A B S O R B S H I E L D H E M E M O S T A N D O N E D W O O D R E T T O N K E N N E D Y A L E G U P E N C O R E A N T O N Y M T E N E T S D U M P E D
★ The literal interpretation of OVER/UNDER (TWO under PAR = EAGLE, etc.) has been done many times in crosswords, so constructors have to up their game if they want to go this direction. Dan does just that, adding a new layer to his theme. It took me quite a while to figure out what was going on, but I had a nice a-ha moment when it finally dawned on me. BEWITCHED is literally under A SPELL... under a spell, get it? Clever stuff. It was fun to struggle with each of the six theme pairs.

Sometimes Sunday-size puzzles feel tiresome, like a regular 15x15 that's been stretched out just because it can be. I like the fact today that Dan has chosen enough long entries that makes a 21x21 puzzle the only option. TALK TO YOU LATER = (over) AND OUT, that's something you couldn't do in a 15x15. I really like when the puzzle *should* be a 21x21.

And Dan does a nice job on the fill. Like last week, this puzzle contains a high number of six and seven-letter answers, which have the potential to spice things up. WARTHOG, SKETCHY, BEHEADS, ANTONYM, THE MAGI = excellent! Loading up on six and seven-letter answers is a great way to add snazz to a puzzle. It's an audacious approach, which makes construction very difficult. His shorter stuff does suffer a bit, with ELOGE, NONNO, OSTEO, and the ASKA/BTEN/SANT trio, pulling things down. All in all though, an admirable fill with an above-average result.

Finally, a minor gripe I think others will share. It's perfectly acceptable to have an entry like SLIGO in a 21x, because it's just so darn hard to construct them. Only the Berrys of the world don't need to rely on these types of esoteric answers. But if you have them, I believe the crossings ought to be fair, with clues that aren't back-breakers. "Macros, e.g." for LENSES? Yikes. Maybe if you're a photography buff that's fair, but I thought TENSES or SENSES were as sensible as LENSES.

Very neat theme today, with a lot of great constructing.

 D O G G Y B A G P A W S A T E R A S A B L E A X I O M S F I S H H O O K L E S S E E L O L A Y U K S S H O R T A L A R M O O H B R I S T E M P E S T D I V O R C E E S P S O I L T O N Y A S H O R S E S H O E S H R U N K D I E D M A A M A I L S I N P R O F E S S U S D A N O R O I N K S S H A H S T O L D R O S A H O B O E S T I R E I R O N E U L O G Y C L E A N C U T S T E P O N S T A R G A T E
 B O C A P A P A C O M P M A G P I E B R A M O V E N O W I E A C O R N S G O I N G L O N G P E N N Y S T O C K S U N H E R O I C Z A N I N E S S C I E N O O S E D I Z Z Y M A L E J E N S N I A S L I T E N L S A P A G H A S T S P O S A T E L E C O M P L A C E B O I P A S S R O C K I E R S A N S A B I T C H O C O R A N G E E D D F L O S F R I L L S E S T A S D O L L A R S A N D C E N T S N O B I S S A Y S M E F R O S B A D F R O S T S C E C E P F F T P O R E L E T M E U P S A N T A S W O R N I N S T A R D O M L T Y R S O N E D A Y O Y S P A N K I C K S S R P O M S M A N Y C E S A R P S A L M U R L M A R I M B A S P O W E R T I E T I C K E R T A P E S S U N K C O S T S T O N I E R C H A T I L E R O N E A S N E A K Y S O M E C A R P M G R S
 F U R B R I G H T S T H R E E O N E R A N R I O T S E V E N U S S A N T E N N A A M E N D R O O M E D D E R N A R T S C U I S I N E S T O U T B I R L O T T I T S O P E N B A C K O F T H E E N V E L O P E B L E S S E S T W O O U I S H U M O R E N S I G N S F E T A A F O G T O Y D O G I L I K E A C R O B A T E D A V A N E S S H A L A L A R E S E L Y S E T E D D I E S S I X
 G O D U T C H V A C A T E D B O R G I N U T E R O A R C H I V E A R N I E A F R I C A N A M E R I C A N S E I N E N O E L M E L O K N A P S A C K S N O S I R Y O O H O O D I O C E S E I T S T O L D U S I N G A W A T C H Y O R E E N O R M E E G O S D A P F O W L T R E A T Y R E S U L T I R O C N S E C P S E U D A D E S C O O P E A S E S T I G E R C O L O R F O R V A L E N T I N E S D A Y S K I E D D O Z E S S P I N E P H I M E O W S D A M S Y A N G J U D G E S M A T T E R R E P O N O G S M E E C U R L E R A I N U T H E L O N E L I E S T N U M B E R A S T A I R E F O N D U E S L A V E P A R C H E E S I U R A L A G O D A S Y L A W O O L F A C E T I O U S L Y S H O U T A B U S I V E E M O T I V E S A N E Y E S D E A R R O O S T E D
 L A M P S L A C A S A G A B F E S T S I S A A C E X A C T S E V E R M O R E P E R S O N A L S H O P T O N I B R A X O C T O P O D H I M O M N E A R E S T E D U C E A T I N T R Y A N T I D E P R E S S L A V Y O W Z A M O R N S T I N T V I D A L S O I L O N O F F O P S W H E E L I E U R B K E G L E R P L E A S U R E P R I N C I L A Z E L E N S T R E A D O N S C O T B I E R S L A P S E M E N O Y O D E L E R H A I R A M A D P H Y S I C A L G E O G R A D A R K E R H I T M C Q U E E N O I D J O N A H O B E Y A I R E S P U R E R C E C E N A S A L S E Z A R T I C H O K E H E N E A D E L T A E L O N B A C K E N D R O O T S A D S P A C E U N D E R G R O O N T H E W A T E R F R R E L E A S E D M A L O N E A R T O O T W I S T T I E S L E W E D R U S S O
 P R A N C E E V E N O N E L E M O N Y A V E M A R I A A D O R E E L A R A I D E R I T E M T O R E C Y C L E N A B S P O X S R T A E P I H E Y M P H L I T R E C K O N P A R O X Y S M G R E E N V I C E B A R B A R I C Z U R I C H E W E S S N W E S C O O G L A D C A F S E R T C O M M E R C I A L C O W G O T W O R S E G U Y A N A P R O S T A T E H E L P E R A B R E E Z E T R Y S T S
 J A B O P A L S O L D A G E A D D L E U S E N O R A H C O O L I T L A U E R N I L P L A C E S T O G O P E O P L E T O G A L P A L S P E A K S U P G H E T T O P O T O K H U D C L A Y T H E P R I N C E S S A N D T H E F L U H I P P O O A R S K A U A I M A R A T A R P E L W M D W I T H R E L A T I V E W E E D T H A Z E N F A D E S I N S S R S H O C K E R M A E K R A K E N T H E W H I T E S O F T H E I R J A G U A R O D A H A R V A R D T A N I N A T R E E I O N O S S S A G O B E S T O F L U C K T O P I K A T P A R E S S E N I S A A C T E L E N A D I A S T Y H E A L T H Y W E A L T H Y A N D B O I L S E P L I E I N M O T O W N D I T S I E S T N U N C I O W H E R E T H E W I L D T H I N G S E R R A N N A N A M I N O R O D I L E R A Y H O S T S G I N K G O W E B E R S E X
 N A G S P A P A S K I R T J A P A N E T U I S O R E S R E S E W I R A B U L O N G S H O R T S I R A Q I F A R E R S N L C A L O R I C R O U N D F L A T S O C A L A W A S A B I E K E S G T E N E W O L D S I F I I S L S G O E R S P O O F S F A U L T Y S O U N D S A R S E N U R E E S T E S E R I L I T T L E L O T S T A X D R Y D E N T B A R S N O U R I T U T E L U L A L L I B A D F A I R G O O D S D I D O R E E F I R S S E E N O J O S I E T R E B E K A L I L E F T R I G H T S C A N S L O B S A A R O N A Y S L A S T I N I T I A L S T R I A G E O L L A I N R I E G G P R O C O N S O B I D A V I A S T L E Y I G L O O T A P E D L I V E S S I M I A N S E R A E N O L A T I T H E T O P B O T T O M S R I N K Y E N T E R C T E A M S L A T S A S E S E G A D S H E S S K E N O
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