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1 puzzle by Duncan Kimmel
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See the 3 answer words debuted by Duncan Kimmel.

Collaborator: Clara Williamson
Wed 11/25/2015
IMPEITIDEBET
MEATSSINUSIRE
PSYCHOPATHSNRA
SAPWAREEGOS
HALLMARKSTORE
SMORESLIEU
CANTOSTARSIGNS
AXEAMUCKAIL
DISPARATEMANGO
ABELHEIGHT
MUSICALCHAIRS
OVERSOURTAU
LUXPALLBEARERS
ALESLATSPURGE
RADAIMSPESOS

More additions to the list of youngest constructors! Congrats to Duncan and Clara for having their first NYT puzzle published.

Ah, the good old days where everyone played bridge ...

I liked how current the theme is. I've only watched two of the four shows, but they're all popular enough that I've heard a ton about each. It was entertaining to give all of them an alternative and valid interpretation. I was SO sure ["Mad Men"?] was going to lead to PITCH ___ when I uncovered P??CH*. I was confused when I finally turned up PSYCHOPATHS, and figuring out the literal interpretation gave me a nice a-ha moment.

HALLMARK STORE was perfect for ["House of Cards?"], too, the clue being an accurate description of the answer.

MUSICAL CHAIRS was a bit of a stretch, since this one was much less literal than the first two. Yes, a throne is a type of chair, but the literality is lost.

I didn't expect PALLBEARERS. It felt like an inconsistency, the lone themer where you really have to stretch your imagination to think of people who are "walking (the) dead." I'm not a fan of inconsistency.

Impressive grid for a debut. I was surprised to see ETUI, since that's a word that older constructors tend to lean on, but other than that, it's a nice clean product. And integrating six pieces of long fill is something experienced constructors rarely do — well done!

Man oh man I'm hoping that Duncan and/or Clara play bridge. It's making a comeback, I tell you! Bridge is great for the mind, emphasizes logical reasoning, teamwork, deduction … oh fine, I'm never going to convince anyone. Sigh.

(A SMALL SLAM is when you bid to get 12 of 13 tricks, and a grand slam is when you bid for 13.)

A fun idea, where three of the four themers worked well for me. Along with grid execution being well above average, I'm looking forward to more from this pair.