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6 puzzles by Hemant Mehta
with constructor comments

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Hemant Mehta
Puzzles constructed by Hemant Mehta by year
Fri 1/12/2024
TVCAMBAECHAP
BOOTYCALLSRIDE
STUFFYNOSEIDLE
PEPACNEDANDER
RULEBANGERS
SPOILEDROTTEN
HIHATBARESFBI
AKINBONESJEAN
GETFLOATOPEDS
SHOOKTHINGSUP
AMOUNTSERAS
SINGTOACERPDF
TANGUPTONOGOOD
OTOETINSELTOWN
RAWRCOTLORDY
Fri 11/17/2023
HERAPBJMAMIE
OMENCHEETODUST
LADYLOTTOBALLS
ASSDONSRIPLEY
COLONYBRUT
TULANEDAISBRO
ILOSTWORDSALAD
PACERAGETRACI
STUDENTIDRIMES
YEPMOETBISECT
DIORHOPESO
ASCENDTEASTUB
FIELDGOALSMORE
ANDIMEANITURSA
REESETKODMED
Fri 5/26/2023
OMANISEGASNUB
VERYCLEVERCODE
AMITOOLATEHIDE
LOLMILLSPOSER
PENSBALLERS
HUBRISNOMAAM
APRONMERCYRULE
STUMPAWEESSAY
HOTDESKEDRHINE
ERASERCHICKS
AFFECTSSLAP
PROSELIMITBOA
AIRSNOTONEWORD
RACEOVERGRAZED
TRESMEMESHOOS

Here's hoping the chatty nature of this puzzle feels more familiar than annoying. (But now you know what it's like to have a conversation with me.)

I'm very amused by the crossing of BALLERS & PLAYERHATERS, SCHOLARSHIP & ESSAY, and AMITOOLATE & ICOMEINPEACE.

The symmetric placement of MAKESLOVE and GETSBORED is purely coincidental.

In hindsight, I should've linked together SNUB and NOM.

Sat 8/20/2022
UMSMALALAFIGS
PROMOCODESOPEC
SHRINKWRAPORNO
HYDRABEDFLEUR
ODIECAPTOSSIN
TEDMATSHOGUN
DONTLIETOME
FORCEDSMILE
IUNDERSTAND
STARRYEGGBAR
SAUTESSRIMOVE
HIREDMACSAWED
IDIDNOVISITORS
PSSTONETIMEUSE
SOTOGODYESTEA

Many thanks to Hide The Pain Harold for inspiring the middle entry. Feel free to tag me in your FORCED SMILE pics on Twitter.

My cryptocurrency clue for FOOLS GOLD was taken out. Sad emoji.

The replacement clue for LOW BATTERY made up for it. I'm mad I didn't think of it first. So clever!

The original clues that came to mind linking 20-Across, 39-Down, and 49-Across were never written because this is a family-friendly newspaper. You're welcome and/or I'm sorry.

Sat 4/16/2022
DCBASEDKEEPTO
ALISTERSORLEAN
GOTTACATCHEMALL
AVERYGIRLSSKA
MEMOTICOSCAIN
ARERINKSCANED
BOOTYSHORTS
KINGOFBEERS
MEDIACIRCUS
GOTONONEHRBET
OVENPUGETMALE
OILBAREDDAMNS
GEOCENTRICORBIT
LANCEDSNOWCONE
EDESSAGODHOOD

This was all a very elaborate ruse to get a rejection letter saying, "The team just wasn't very excited by your BOOTY SHORTS 15x."

That message never arrived. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sat 2/8/2020
IMHOTOSSSITE
NOOBSALADHOOD
CUTSPRICERANGE
ANDCOPRPERSON
STEEDSOILUP
SNOTFLOPWHO
JOKEWRITERNEAT
CHILDISHGAMBINO
TINYKNEEBOARDS
SOGJETTLOAD
LASSOEDGERS
BLUEMOONSEDAN
BOCABURGERNONE
OWLSTRUCETUDE
YEAHYEOWSTIR

Hello! After years of obsessive solving, and a handful of polite rejections, it's exciting to actually have a puzzle published! And on Saturday, no less. Let's go streak(break)ing!

I'm a politics/religion blogger from Naperville, IL. The NYT crossword has always been a pleasant distraction, and it was both enjoyable and wildly frustrating to try and create my own grid. Mad respect for those constructors who manage to churn these things out on a regular basis. I don't know Zhouqin Burnikel or Patrick Berry, but they are my patron saints.

This puzzle started with the CHILDISH GAMBINO seed. After that, I was tried to stack up as many longer entries as I could around it. I used to like Chris ODOWD until he created a logjam in the grid.

The team's edits make a ton of sense, and they made a suggestion that improved the northwest part of the grid (curse you again, ODOWD). Some of my swapped-out clues include "You don't want to be on a tight one" for LEASH and "Reds state" for OHIO... but I'm glad they kept the gist of my clue for 34-down!

Apologies for the gluey answers. I'm cringing as I look at a bunch of those 3- and 4-letter entries (special ugh to JCTS, OTOS, and YEOW). Next time, I'll just do a 15x15 stack with no black boxes anywhere. Should be a breeze.

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