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1 puzzle by Jill Singer
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TotalDebut
111/7/2022
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Scrabble
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Jill Singer
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See the 5 answer words debuted by Jill Singer.

Mon 11/7/2022
SUPERBSEAMSAW
OHISEEALTATWO
BUTTERFLIESEAR
AHAKNEETURKS
BEEINMYBONNET
PARADEDAUDI
ACESENTOBRB
WHATSBUGGINGYOU
NEDIONOEMUS
ECRUABILITY
ANTSINMYPANTS
TOWELAPRSTIP
LIEINMYSTOMACH
AREASIAALTKEY
SETNATSBESETS

This theme came to me on a hike in Bryce Canyon, Utah. It's not that there are a lot of bugs there, but on a long hike, my mind wanders and empties, which seems to create fertile ground for theme ideas. Once I started along the bug path, I was delighted to realize how many good expressions there were, ones that I had often used myself. Ants in my pants when I sit at a desk working on theme ideas too long, check. A bee in my bonnet when I am trying to find a grid that works, check. Butterflies in my stomach as I open an email from the NY Times Crossword editors to see if this might finally be an acceptance, check, check, check.

As a fairly new constructor when I made this puzzle, I thought that there were fixed tradeoffs in good fill — that once a grid and themes were in place, you could make a word or a section better, but another section would suffer. So I submitted the puzzle with quite a few problem areas, thinking it was the best it could be. Thanks to the many iterations with Wyna Liu, I was delighted to learn that this wasn't the case — a grid can almost always be improved!