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Adam Fromm

with Jeff Chen 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

A themeless built around intersecting 15-letter entries typically needs a lot of crossword glue to hold it all together — filling around each intersection gets to be tricky. When I saw the blank grid, I was sure that there would be a ton of ugly short entries in the upper left. Not only do two 15-letter entries intersect inside it, but that big section is essentially an 8x4 chunk, which is hard enough to fill, even without that added constraint!

Great surprise to get excellent work in that corner. JUICE BOX and SEX TAPE provide some zazz, and HEBRIDES and AQUILINE are pretty good. HAJJI feels rickety, as I'm used to seeing it HADJI, but either is fine. So with ILEA (plural of ileum) as the only price to pay, it's a big thumbs-up from me.

As Adam mentioned though, the opposite corner didn't turn out quite as well. MINICAR feels odd. I love ATALANTA in Greek myth, but she does tend to get overused in crosswords due to her friendly consonant / vowel alternation. And ANNAS / SAY A ... still, RED DRESS was fun given that I had already uncovered ROXANNE, which has a RED DRESS featured in the lyrics. Wish they had been linked through their clues!

Some bumps here and there: ECCLES is an odd-looking abbr., HWY is minor, and there's a reliance on some old-feeling entries: SAYER, REO, and (dare I say it?) RICK SPRINGFIELD? He's fallen out of my consciousness, unfortunately.

I would have liked more sparkle out of those 15-letter entries — they're all fine, but none of them made me want to go tell friends about this crossword. Hard to believe that JACKASS THE MOVIE is 15 years old now.

But overall, for the difficulty level of the grid design, it's pretty good execution.

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