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1 puzzle by Bill Clinton
with Jeff Chen comments

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Bill Clinton
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See the 2 answer words debuted by Bill Clinton.

Collaborator: Victor Fleming
Puzzles constructed by Bill Clinton by year

Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. He was featured in the film Wordplay.

Fri 5/12/2017
MISHMASHANEMIA
ALOUETTEDORAGS
DONTSTOPUSMINT
MINHURELEANOR
ALEGKENTSMRI
NOTICECOSDEED
BALLOUARNIE
THINKINGABOUT
CHILENOHELP
ARALGEMREINED
NEWTONYSTERR
TEASETSEARARA
ATTHATTOMORROW
BOHEMESUITABLE
SNAPONOLDSTYLE

I'm digging this celeb series. I particularly like when the celeb puzzle reflects something about the person — very cool to get "It's the ECONOMY, stupid!" I vividly remember that phrase (or something like it) from the Bush Sr. / Clinton race — what power those four words had.

I was surprised that DON'T STOP didn't get clued in relation to the Fleetwood Mac song, one I associate strongly with Clinton. Maybe that would have made it too easy?

Fun to see GI BILL too. Made me think of a President Clinton action figure, in a box set along with Duke, Snake Eyes, and Sgt. Slaughter.

Did I miss any Clinton references? It was enjoyable to scour the grid and clues, searching for any Easter eggs like DON'T STOP.

A couple of good feature entries too, like MISHMASH crossing MADMAN. Along with MAIN MENU, I wondered if there was an M* M* mini-theme somewhere in there?

There was more crossword glue than I like holding the grid together, though. It's common to get some ALEG, TSO, ARA, AER, COS — these are fairly minor. DRAWEE … it is in the dictionary, but I'd guess that a large majority of constructors (and solvers) would prefer not to get entries like this. And ILOILO is a common constructing crutch, given its favorable alternation of consonant / vowels.

All in all, too much iffy short fill and not enough great long fill for my taste — I have very high expectations for themelesses these days. But it sure was fun to search for those Clinton-specific references. It would have been great to get a few more entries like BUBBA (perhaps clued as [___ Gump Shrimp Company] to hide the reference to Clinton's nickname), TENOR SAX, FOLKSY, etc.

ADDED NOTE: Judge Vic clued me into the mini-theme (highlighted below). How neatly those split up into crossword symmetry! I wish those had been hinted at though, or shaded — apparently all four of Judge Vic's test-solvers missed the connection, too. I fear that the five of us won't be the only ones.

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