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38 Shortz Era puzzles with unchecked squares in the grid

One of the "rules" of crosswords is that each white square must be checked. In other words, each is part of two answers, one across and one down. When that rule is broken, the results are often interesting.

Click the thumbnails link above to see what these puzzles look like.

If you look closely at these puzzles, you'll realize that in most cases, every letter is indeed "checked," just not in the usual way.

Thursday, January 19, 2017Jacob Stulberg
Thursday, November 17, 2016Timothy Polin and Joe Krozel
Sunday, July 24, 2016David SteinbergOUT OF THIS WORLD
Sunday, February 14, 2016Mary Lou GuizzoALL YOU NEED
Friday, December 25, 2015Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
Thursday, November 12, 2015David Kwong
Friday, October 16, 2015Joe Krozel
Wednesday, October 14, 2015Joel Fagliano
Wednesday, January 7, 2015Greg Johnson
Sunday, September 7, 2014Tracy Gray and Jeff ChenALL-ENCOMPASSING
Sunday, May 11, 2014Peter A. CollinsFOR MOTHER
Wednesday, November 20, 2013Peter A. Collins
Thursday, August 29, 2013Timothy Polin
Thursday, May 9, 2013Patrick Merrell
Thursday, January 17, 2013Milo Beckman
Tuesday, September 25, 2012Ian Livengood
Wednesday, June 27, 2012Mike Buckley
Thursday, May 17, 2012Joe Krozel
Thursday, April 5, 2012Elizabeth C. Gorski
Friday, January 27, 2012Joe Krozel
Friday, October 21, 2011Patrick Berry
Wednesday, May 4, 2011Jeff Chen
Sunday, February 27, 2011Peter A. CollinsV-2
Thursday, July 22, 2010Jeremy Horwitz
Thursday, May 27, 2010Josh Knapp
Thursday, March 18, 2010Daniel A. Finan
Sunday, December 27, 2009Elizabeth C. GorskiTOASTING THE NEW YEAR
Saturday, March 7, 2009Joe Krozel
Thursday, November 22, 2007Oliver Hill
Sunday, April 30, 2006Elizabeth C. GorskiLIGHT THINKING
Thursday, November 10, 2005Lee Glickstein and Craig Kasper
Tuesday, November 2, 2004Patrick Merrell
Monday, March 15, 2004Patrick Merrell
Sunday, March 16, 2003Elizabeth C. GorskiWORKS LIKE A CHARM!
Thursday, November 7, 2002Patrick Merrell
Thursday, November 29, 2001Patrick Merrell
Saturday, October 27, 2001Trip Payne
Thursday, February 2, 1995Bob and Sharon Klahn

Pre-Shortz puzzles with unchecked squares

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