Todd Gross
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10 puzzles by Todd Gross — 6 solos and 4 collaborations (3 Sundays)

with constructor comments

See the answer words debuted by Todd Gross.

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Tue 1/21/2014
WORDWOODWOOT
CIDERABLEEBRO
OLDIETEEMMEMO
REENACTSIMARET
DERIDEEASED
NEDSBENEATH
CABDAVISSICKO
OWENRESETTITO
REVELLENINDST
KEYWESTTEES
STEEPRUPIAH
CARWAXLISTENTO
OGEEUPASRETRO
ORNEALTAADRIP
KOOKLOOKLOOP
Pardon my crucinerdism, but I'm totally psyched to have my 10th NYT crossword, which means I get to be on those awesome XWordInfo lists with the cool constructors. WE MADE IT! Squee!!! (uh, I mean WOOT!!!)

Oh, right, the puzzle... I submitted it in April of 2011. Will accepted the puzzle in September, but didn't publish it until now because, well, I'll let Will tell you. (I believe the reason for the long delay is he has a lot of word ladder puzzles waiting to be published, and he wants to space them out. Makes me curious what all those other puzzles are like.) Note: I created this WORD LOOP puzzle well before Ms. Gorski's EDGINESS puzzle was published, so I couldn't LISTEN TO her (and Jeff's) advice. I don't remember pulling my hair out, but I did need to use A TRIP and ADRIP as crossing entries. Sorry about that.

Did you notice that O is the only vowel along the perimeter, and that there are no O's in the rest of the grid? Indeed, if you connect the O's, so to speak, you'll get a shape that looks a lot like an O. And since O is the only vowel in my name, it seems fitting that I would be this puzzle's constructor.

Thu 1/2/2014
IBARSALLAFLAT
RECAPDUOMOOCH
MACHINESVARACE
ARENOLTETONER
UPLATECHINESE
OPTICSSHAVERS
DOETHMOIRES
ANDIWALLMEMUS
GEAREDPLANK
FRANCISDEFTLY
GLUTTONDEAFTO
ROSIEACORNROE
ORSONTHERULESB
FEINTEARTOSEA
ETAPEDIRSASSY
I first tried this puzzle on Peter Gordon in March of 2012. He liked the theme idea, but didn't like that every theme entry would take the same form. I tried sending it to Will in July of 2012: he liked the idea more, just asking me to improve the fill in places. After a couple of resubmissions, he accepted this puzzle the same day (in the same e-mail, in fact) as David's and my recent Crossword Centennial puzzle.

I don't remember where the idea came from, but I was really glad I could use 51 Across as a theme revealer (my original clue was "Taking liberties ... as with this puzzle's theme"). I'm also interested in seeing how 8 Down will be clued: a straight (if somewhat racy) definition, or a reference to the 45 year old hit song? Also, I couldn't resist referencing Stan Newman's book Cruciverbalism to clue 52 Down...I'm guessing that clue will be changed.

Sat 12/21/2013
ANGIENEWYORK
PERKSSOLEMNER
SHEETFUNGICIDE
ERETAMPAACOW
SUNDAYWORLDESE
LUMENOLES
OMANISOWNERS
RANDDCOSTA
ORDEALCLOSED
ELOISTATE
BBSARTHURWYNNE
ELAMEWELLTEX
DALAILAMACHIRP
INEXCESSGUAVA
MCMXIIIINLET

TODD:

Unlike our previous collaboration, this puzzle had a long gestation before being published. I submitted my original version in March of 2012. Will liked the basic idea, but didn't like about 9 of my original entries.

I mentioned my puzzle to David at Crosswords LA in May, and he wanted to see if he could improve on my grid. Turned out he could indeed: we submitted our revised version in June. After several back-and-forths, Will accepted our puzzle this August! We've had to wait almost 4 months for our centennial crossword to be printed ... it's hard to wait that long (ask any kid right about now)!

Finally, I'll note my original version had FUNICELLO at 16 Across, which is definitely more FUN than FUNGICIDE!

DAVID:

It was a pleasure working with Todd on this centennial puzzle. The grid was a real challenge to fill because it not only had a themeless word count (70) but also contained four theme entries with rather unfriendly letter patterns (I'm talking about you, MCMXIII!), not to mention the FUN arrangement. Nevertheless, Todd and I were able to pool our resources and produce a fill we're both very proud of!

Thu 7/18/2013
MINSKSWMBRAVE
OMANITAOLORAX
CAPEKARREAGLE
MARILYNMONROE
DDIAMONDS
AHNENTENTEASH
REEKEDADJURE
IRANEQUIPETTE
ARTENERVETOAD
FLODIYALG
TARTUPBEIRUT
RUESLATHERAPU
ADAMELIELIPOD
WIKIABC'SOHNO
LOSTASSUSER
Wed 6/12/2013
PONCETVADLUST
ADIOSRAMSITTO
COCOCHANELMIEN
TREKODINDECAY
IMPELOOLALA
ANGERSLEDGE
GUESSKATESMITH
EDNALAMASOMOO
SEENOEVILSNORE
DIVANBROKER
MUSCLYTHEIR
USERSNCAAAINT
NATEJOHNDENVER
RITAAVIDAGATE
OREMMAPSTENSE
Sat 2/23/2013
ROADSTERS
SAMUELADAMS
MINNESOTAFATS
LENDERSTRATI
ITERSSAPSTPAT
TRAYSENETELKS
TODSPLITSCREEN
ESOEELLIKESHO
RECONNOITERCOT
EXONTUNEDSELF
RUNESTESKINDA
SANSEIWINTER
LOTTERYWINNER
ROASTMASTER
PETEACHER
Sun 10/14/2012MEDIA START-UPS
ASANAASSADTALLATMS
TENETTHOROIRAEDRIP
TENDERLOVINGCAREMANE
INARREARSNOTBYCHOICE
COLORISTLANAIHINTED
REDHOUSECATHISSY
BASEWAINNANAS
ALLMYCHILDRENBATHTUB
BEEWHIRSOLEOLEMAZE
USEDCARSORARESEPIA
PEARLSBEFORESWINE
AMISSPOORLYPASTDUE
BEEPCOLLIEGAOLSERN
CHRISTOTOTALBODYSCAN
COALSBEENOKLA
ANWARSTROLLERAGR
LEIBEREERIERUSHESIN
TELLNOTALESFALSENAME
MDSECAROLBURNETTSHOW
ATOMHENSONICETEENS
NONEELSENOTESONLAY
Fri 1/13/2012
MUSLIMSTEENAGE
ANTONIOBANDERAS
SPRINKLERSYSTEM
LINSEEDSSTYLE
SEP
PALISHASOFLIP
ISINTOTORABORA
DANGEROUSCURVES
ENGENDERALIENS
RTSTERNSTEREO
SAN
INTWOMANIFOLD
DOMESTICANIMALS
ELEPHANTTRAINER
DONTASKLETTERS
Sun 6/20/2010PUBLISHING TRADE
PASSEMPAALEONBATHE
ASCARCANADADRYICHAT
JOHNNYGOTHISGNUKEENE
ANISVOLSASEAMIND
MISEOVOCLODMOUNTAIN
AAMILNEBOSSEXGIVSO
UNREALANYTBILL
HALFPENNYFASTCORNEA
AMOREDELANOTOPIC
GARETHERATOFWARBIER
ENDSRYABLTIRKACRE
NAOHAPREFECTSPYBOIL
FABLERESHODOLETA
ATTILAPRESSOBEREDUP
NEHRUDISTAMALE
TEEELANREMYSILENTC
INFINITEJETSBSCMAIL
IDOLSEATVICIENNA
IDLESAFAREWELLTORAMS
REESEHONESTABELINES
VESTSIREDOLOFALANA
Sun 9/13/2009LET'S PLAY BINGO
BSEVENMSSPAIDAWORD
TORINOOWNAURANOSEE
WHALERHEEGFORTYNINE
EASEAGREETONEROXER
LVIVHFTRADEMANATEE
VENTIIDEAMAPENEMY
EIGENFANTASIABOAT
NETTVCOMEINTO
DYADWYOISIXTEEN
DEPOSITSDENT
TARNISHVERMONT
ETREDERAILED
BFIFTEENRNASEWS
ASNEEDEDATLAS
SUITOHMEOHMYPEPSI
NEALERETREATISLET
NEEDLEDSLOBSWIEUAW
ALTLAIDANISTONONME
ISEVENTEENTIECARDIN
LIEINOMNIEARATTEST
SENDSROANDNANFORTY