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1 puzzle by James Somers
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110/20/20181
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James Somers
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See the 6 answer words debuted by James Somers.

Collaborator: Ben Gross
Sat 10/20/2018
CRIPMANTAPSIS
LENTAREELOHNO
ANTOINETTELIMA
STILLLIFEBARAK
SAFELYLACERATE
ICAMEBITESIZED
CODYTUXEDOS
SPARATATATLAC
PARTNERWILL
GREATODDSHASTO
NEUROTICTORTES
APLANAHOYTHERE
WOOSFLIPPHONES
ARGOBELIELUGE
TTYLIDLESSPOT

We decided to build the puzzle when Ben realized that the phrase "Netflix and chill" was 15 letters. It felt a little risqué, so we were delighted when the puzzle was ultimately accepted. Our initial construction effort, however, got off to a bad start: Ben had misconfigured our construction software such that it only offered single-word fill — no phrases!

We eventually figured out how to use computers properly, and when we were able to pair BUTT DIALED with FLIP PHONES, we knew we were onto something. We struggled a bit with the north-center — we're not particularly proud of the AREEL/AREI intersection — but we hammered away until we had something we were happy with.

Cluing the puzzle was especially fun. We each took a copy of the completed grid and, working alone, wrote up a full set clues. Then we compared clues for each entry in a series of TETE A TETES. Our cluing was helped by a simple shell script James wrote, called `cross`, which let us see all the past NYT clues for any entry we were considering (basically a worse version of this site!).

On to the next one!