Martin Ashwood-Smith

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

MAS: I like to think of today's double-quad-stack puzzle having a long-lost triple stack little brother from 1996. Do you see any similarity between the grids? In reality, any similarity is just a coincidence, but an intriguing one, nonetheless.

When I started constructing the top stacks for this puzzle, I though it would be fun to use a 15-letter word/phrase that is commonly seen at the very bottom of stacked puzzles: SATELLITE STATES, and placing it at 1-Across, at the very top. In this position, its abundance of low-point (useful word-ending) Scrabble letters, normally an advantage, would be all but useless.

After I finished what looked like a promising top stack, I then contacted my friend Joe Krozel to see if he had an "orphan" stack or two, that we could meld into a finished puzzle. By luck he did. Our first draft had 10-D SLUG, and FAIN in its mirror position. Luckily we were able to open the grid up more (and reduce the word count to 66) by extending both entries to SLUG IT OUT and SAMMY FAIN. We got lucky that day!

JOE:

When constructing my first dual quad-stack puzzle around 2010, I assembled a library of half-filled grids containing a single quad stack at the top or the bottom. So, I had numerous potential matches when Martin presented his upper quad stack to me; I just had to search my library for the closest matches, then Martin and I would move squares around to unite the two puzzle halves with the proper symmetry.

I started the lower quad stack with the lively seed entry AMIGLADTOSEEYOU. The vowels at the front and back ensured that 55-D and 60-D would be words rather than some all-consonant letter strings like SSSS or SSTS.

 I R A Q C A V E R S O D S R A C E A D I D A S J O T I D I D L I V I N G W A G E S I N A L E R T T H Y M E H I G H N O T E S A S A P A T P A F T T R A D I T I O N A L I R A S M A L A R I A P A R A S I T E E M O T I O N A L O U T L E T N A T I O N A L A N T H E M S N T S C I I A B B E T E X A S S I Z E T O R A H O V E R T V I A S T O R E F R O N T W A L T I O N R O C K I E O N C E X X X R E H E A R K A H N
Who needs indie puzzles with their fancy new phrases and risquÃ© words, when you can get a delightful disease-oriented 15-letter entry like MALARIA PARASITE in one of my NYT crosswords?

All kidding aside, I was hesitant about sending this puzzle to Will, precisely because of this 15-letter entry. Fortunately (for me), Will didn't seem to have a problem with it, and I hope most solvers feel the same way!

For those interested, here's a slightly earlier version of today's puzzle. I rejected it because I wasn't too wild about having the relatively lacklustre word RECREATIONS crossing the stacked 15s. Also overall I felt the shorter fill words were not as good.

But that's just my opinion... what do you think?

 C A N A D A B L U E G R A S S T R A D I T I O N A L I R A S N A V A L E N G A G E M E N T S T E M L E S S G L A S S E S L A Y H I E S C D R S K I S O S P A D R A I D R A P S N E A L E I N N O W A Y I T S A L O T S I G M A O R Z O R E N O P O S S U M O E R S E X K E R T S A T O B S C E N E G E S T U R E S P O T A S S I U M I O D I D E E L E P H A N T T R A I N E R D E N T A L A S S I S T A N T
This puzzle started with the bottom stack, a lonely orphaned 4x15 sitting in my file of unfinished projects. The problem was that any potential top stack was going to be quite restricted, by the symmetry created by the bottom stack. After a couple of months, I decided to try the ultimate stack-maker's "cheat": loading up the bottom row with esses. So after grappling with my conscience for a full three or four nano-seconds, I hit upon STEMLESS GLASSES. If most of the Downs (through the top stacks) had not been rock-solid (with the sole exception of CTNS) I would have abandoned the STEMLESS GLASSES route and gone back to the drawing board.

This, as is so often the case, created a whole new set of problems: I couldn't for the life of me get the centre of the puzzle to work, unless I enlarged the grid and made it a 15x16. To make matters worse, PALESTRINA had to extend into a relatively obscure Haydn opera LA CANTERINA.

And finally, what I needed was a good LOGS??? entry to match a potential ???GUTS at the bottom. Unfortunately I had a mental block, thinking of only computer-related LOGS OUT, LOGS OFF, etc. Finally it dawned on me that those LOG SHIPS that sail up and down the (Juan de Fuca) strait less than a 1/2 mile from my house might come in useful (I live in British Columbia; major export = logs)!

Keen-eyed observers will notice that I've developed an obsession with circus elephants. Last month, I gave you TRAINED ELEPHANT, and today it's ELEPHANT TRAINER. I'd love to say this is a super-duper circus theme that'll run though my themeless puzzles, but alas, I cannot. These puzzles were constructed over two years apart, with dozens of other puzzles written and published in between, so the mini-dupe caught me by surprise when I noticed it a few days ago (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!).

Finally a shout out to Kevin Der for paving the way back in 2010, by getting the whole double-quad-stack thing going. Coincidentally CTNS was also a stack-crossing entry in Kevin's pioneering puzzle. So you can think of CTNS as my tribute to Kevin Der, or maybe just a poor 4-letter fill word I'm desperately trying to justify using!

Anyway, I hope you'll find the rest of this puzzle, minus the circus elephants, trainers, and CTNS an enjoyable and challenging solve!

 P A N A M G A M E S P C S D E T E R I O R A T E H A L T E R R E N C E M C N A L L Y E T A T S O T I S L O V E N E S S S M E E F I X E R J A M V I P A N C H O R A G E A L A S K A F O R E I G N M I N I S T E R T R A I N E D E L E P H A N T A N T S I N O N E S P A N T S T N T E S O G O B I G C A N A A M A T U P O N W O R F S C A R E S E R G E A N T O R O U R K E T R A R I G O R M O R T I S S A X B L O O D S T A I N
This is the second puzzle I sent to Will using the same set of quad-stacks. The first puzzle was rejected because Will wasn't too keen on LANE SIX and EIO (which reminds me, the first puzzle I ever sent to the NYT had EIOS (!) in the grid ... fortunately Maleska changed it to EROS).

Getting back to today's puzzle, luckily, I had a fix: VANESSA worked where LANE SIX had not. Unfortunately, two black squares had to be moved, which meant that, aside from the quad-stacks, most of the puzzle had to be reconstructed. This a good example of the "domino effect" that I think most constructors are all too familiar with!

Lastly, the lower right-hand corner was constructed with CSI fans in mind. Do you think it passes the "breakfast test"? The answer is probably "yes" if you're a coroner!

 M A D E M I N C E M E A T O F E C O N O M I C W A R F A R E L O S A N G E L E S T I M E S S P E C I A L I N T E R E S T S T E M S I S S O D E F F F T R E E S T U R M B E E F S A X L M O R S E C O D E S I G N A L O J S N I L E S L A K M E G O A L M A X T V S U G A P I E R O C O M M E R C I A L R A D I O F R E E T R A N S L A T I O N C H A N S O N S D E G E S T E S E T S O N A P E D E S T A L
Joe Krozel mentioned recently that the whole trick of constructing quad-stack grids was to create as many independent mini 15x4 stacks as possible. And from them, try to build larger 15x15 puzzles if possible. However, he was not talking about complete mini 15x4 puzzles, rather he was referring to 15x4 units that have some legit 4-letter crossers mixed with 4-letter sequences that look like they have the potential to get extended into real words. This is why computers (and the dreaded autofill) play a smaller role in constructing these puzzles than many solvers may think.

For example, if you look closely at the top stack in today's grid, you find some good complete 4-letter words (MELS, DOSE, TAME, ORES) along with some non-words: ENAC, IMGA, AFIR, and MONI. So this top stack can only work, if a grid pattern can be found that extends those non-words into real words (for example: ENACT-, I'M GAME, AFIRE/AFIRST/MONIED, etc.

Usually at this point, the puzzle goes in my unfinished "scrap heap" pile, because a (good) matching bottom stack is next to impossible to find. However, in this case I got very, very lucky and found an earlier orphaned lower 15x4 set that fit quite nicely. So I sent a 66-word version off to Will, who rejected it saying that the stacks were "lovely", but he felt the central area of the grid was too blocky-looking and closed off. Luckily I found a solution, and an extra 15-letter entry to boot as you can see in the final puzzle.

Finally, I know there are a few too many partials in the lower half of the grid, and the "ME AT"/"MINCEMEAT" dupe sucks. But, on the plus side the 15s are reasonably lively... and there are none of those dreaded "ONES" phrases... for a change!

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 E T H I C S G A L A H A D R O A M E D S O M E B O D Y N O V E L S P E T E R P A N I D E A L H O S K A P P A E L A N T O R T S M E T S E E C E N T O M B D S T L O O M R E S P E C T S O W O N E S W I L D O A T S W A S T R E L A U R A W E T M A L I C E T A M E U R O S I T E D C O D S A C I N G V I S H A G E N P H A S E D I N C E R I S E O R D E R I N G P E O R I A N E S T E G G A L M O N D
 A M B A S S A D O R S H I P S M A R R I A G E L I C E N S E P R O T E S T S A G A I N S T T Z U F O N G R C A S S R H A M S S P O O L I N G S T R A P P A S T O R A T E K O A L A I M P O S E D T R A F F I C T E R S E A B O U T F A C E E L E C T U N H E A T E D S A Y A A H S R D S N A M E H M O M A R I T I M E N A T I O N S O P E N A C A N O F W O R M S B E E I N O N E S B O N N E T
 C O L L E C T I O N P L A T E A H O O S I E R H O L I D A Y I M P R O V E O N N A T U R E N Y S E N E O N L O S N A M E S O T T R P M T O M H A D A E L A B O R A T E D E T A I L P O T E N T I A L E N E R G Y O P T I C A L I L L U S I O N G E L S N E D A R N A P E R O S E S E L O T A C O A B B A P E R S O N A L O P I N I O N P U T O N E S F O O T D O W N S T O P S T H E P R E S S E S
 C H E S T S N I C K E D S H O T P U T I N H A L E D C O R D O B A G R A N U L E U R N R A N C H E R S I T B A S T E D O T D R I V E A L I I K O L A S E V E R S E N D M E N O F L O W E R S I M P O R T U N E M A K E M I N C E M E A T O F A R E S S E A R S V A S E R E N T A S S N C E N S E C O N C A T T I E R S U B E L E C T R O G L A C I A L L A T R I N E H E N N E R Y S H O V E S T E E N S Y
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 A F R O S T O S S J O N S P L O W S H U T U O P A L P O T E N T A T E S Y E T I L A T S A N P A R S N I P E T E D E A N N A C O P P I N A T A S I N G O N E I N T R A S H E A O M A R E G O T I S T C H E A P L Y A C T S C E D E T H E D A L A H C I A O S A U T E S A P E R E M E D Y I F A M I C R O N S A N S T E N O T O E C H A T E L A I N E D A R N E I R E A R O S E E L E E S P E D P A N E L
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 T A M A L E S C P O O F F A N I M A T E A R S E N A L I N S I G H T N O T N I C E L U G S O T E G E S T E D S L O P S O S R O C V O N P T A O S L O T H E L A T E L A M E N T E D A E R O B I C E X E R C I S E B A N N E R H E A D L I N E S U P S A E O N E N G I F I S A T G I B E E Y E S O R E B I T N U S Y U L E L O G E A G L E T S R A I S I N G T R I E S T E E N E O S S S A F E S E X
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 C L E A N I C A R E R A P H A N N A N O M A D E S O A L O O P A M E T H Y S T S W A L L P A P E R S E I R E D E L P H I I N D I A S P A R E L O C K S E N S H E R D S E M A I L I N G A C M E U P E N D A C E D C A M P S I T E A M E N D B A G T H E O M E N S T E A D E L A O R B I T S R I D E G R O A N I N G A T E L D O R A D O S T O O T H S L O A M E S S A R E T E T O N M A R T Y X E R O X
 E A T O N E S H E A R T O U T S T A G E D O O R J O H N N Y T H R E E O F D I A M O N D S H O T E M I G X E R O S E A S N E Z O A T E R D R O N E S O N X I I I C P O O E D C R O F A T H O M S T W O F E E T R I O R A H E N O E D U C D O O D L E R S T A C H S O D E E D N A H I N T E V E L A M E T O O G O O D T O B E T R U E I N F O R M A T I O N D E S K S A F E T Y H A R N E S S E S
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 C I G A R E M B O S S I N G O Z O N E R O A D T O R I O S E V E N T Y T H O U S A N D A T H H A R D T O O V C R E R E I N E S T V I E C B E R C S A A S Q U I E T A S A M O U S E M O U N T A I N C L I M B E R P R I C E R E D U C T I O N S U S S F L U E A D E S O F T B A L L E T S C R O A P E T U S A A C R O S S T H E S T R E E T L A M B A S T E D E L A T E A S S E N T E R S P Y R E X
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 T O R U S R E D A C T O R A V A N T T E L E P H O N E J O Y C E O P E N E A R E D C L A C T O N R E A D C H E M O A R I L A R A N F L A G A R S P E R P E T U A L M O T I O N S A L E S R E S I S T A N C E E T E R N A L T R I A N G L E E S S E S S A N M E D O S T E T E X A S J O A N S T O O G E S E S C A L A T E D E N T E R E A R L I N E S S S I E G E P R E S I D E S T A R G A
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7 pre-Shortz puzzles by Martin Ashwood-Smith

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