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Adam Fromm
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.77001

with constructor comments

See the 39 answer words debuted by Adam Fromm.


4 daily puzzles by Adam Fromm

Sat 4/22/2017
HEBRIDESMESSES
AQUILINEAXILLA
JUICEBOXZANILY
JACKASSTHEMOVIE
ILKSAWSJEER
PREPPYMAR
CHEROKEEPAPIER
BADIDEAROXANNE
SHINEDMAKINGDO
EGOBITEME
CUFFTANSAYA
ARAISININTHESUN
PILEUPCAREWORN
ECCLESATALANTA
SHODDYREDDRESS

That corner is going to be the death of me. The first themeless I ever submitted seven or so years ago contained a variant of the HEBRIDES/AQUILINE/JUICEBOX/JACKASS stack seen here. That puzzle was declined, but I felt like I could do something more with all that Scrabbly goodness, which resulted in hours of grown-up whimpering and hair-pulling. (Lesson learned: symmetry means that for every cool wide-open section you pull off, you have to do it again on the other side.) By my count, this is the fourth time Will has seen that corner, which doesn't include the ten or so attempts I didn't waste a stamp on.

The right half is where most of the unique entries ended up, but I find the left half much more satisfying (though I'm perversely proud of BITEME). You can probably guess the stuff that makes me wince, like SAYA/ANNAS, which I'm calling the sticker price on finishing the mirror-image corner that lost me seven years of sleep. SLIVERING was once SLIVOVITZ, which I couldn't quite make work, not for lack of trying. And the HWY/AWS crossing was the least of several evils—I could have gone with AWL, changing MAZES to MAZEL, but I'd rather have an awkward three than a boring fill-in-the-blank five ("_______ tov"). Grit teeth, smile, carry on.

All in all, I'm pleased with how it finally turned out. This is my first published crossword in five years (and my first themeless ever), having quasi-retired out of frustration at not being able to build the puzzles I wanted to create. In the end, that expletive-deleted corner's potential was the ghost that brought me back into the game, and so for that I'll embrace my albatross warmly.

Sun 1/22/2012SNOW WHITE'S EMPLOYMENT AGENCY
SPRCPAMOMENTWINED
THEBARDORATIONAMATI
ROMANOVNIGHTWATCHMAN
UNITEDSIGMABULKIEST
GOTHMUSICIANASCOT
CONANGREWRY
EMIRTAGCHIAPACHES
RITESPOACHERSELAINE
ANALOGFLORALARRANGER
SILICONARODWICK
MOTIVATIONALSPEAKER
AIDANICEENZYMES
ALGEBRATEACHERTALONS
PAELLAUNCLESAMMETER
OUTSELLTHESOOSEWS
DDSASSELTON
CHESTVILLAGEIDIOT
SEAHORSEOLIOSPLAQUE
TVPERSONALITYWALNUTS
EISENSTRAFEDBIGGIES
PLOPSSTRESSCROTRA
Sun 3/21/2010THEM'S THE BREAKS
MACAWLEDONCANASTAS
INABITAREGOAPEHOUSE
DOUBLESPACESTIREIRON
ITSADEALREACTDARN
SEEKATYLOLAPESOS
TRAINSPOTTERSETCH
SALAAMDOTEMAUIITO
WYSIWYGDIKESTOLID
ELALREIDNONSHIELD
EATSCONCERTOWOOLSEY
POLICESTAKEOUTS
PELICANMISCOUNTPAPP
AVANTISALTORKIDLE
TENSERONUSYOPLAIT
INDTORNYAWSHOLMES
OSSOLIGHTSWITCHES
SOCALOMOOEZRACSA
AXESIPASSARMOIRES
JAPANWAXSHOWSTOPPERS
ELECTIVETAMESPESETA
DISASTERSWEDECOPAY
Wed 6/18/2008
BOMBLAVAMINIM
OMOOOXENOVINE
DAUBWELKNONOS
ENRAGEMACARENA
DINNERPARTLY
DELIASITOE
IGORILLSCORN
SUGARPLUMFAIRLY
MYEYEXIIGOYA
SSETRAASEA
THOMASHARDLY
MOTORCARSTEREO
ALONEZEROTONY
JENGAETTUTODO
ASSADDEEPELLS