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1 puzzle by John Ficarra
with Jim Horne comments

TotalDebutCollabs
14/1/20201
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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.59000
John Ficarra
Wed 4/1/2020
CLAYITEMSWEDE
LOGOCARAWANED
AREYOUKIDDINGME
WIDOWENDUPION
SLITFERN
REBINHALFVENI
ATLASTMOEIRES
WHOTHEHELLKNOWS
ENOSNONBOGOTA
RODETUSCANMOD
SARIAGIN
BATHOPONCABLE
IHAVENTGOTACLUE
GEISTARLOHILL
AMNOTSEANOPUS

This puzzle reminds me of a 2004 crossword, also by Patrick Merrell, that includes my favorite NYT clue: "Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var."

It's the "Var." that makes it genius. If you've got some time on your hands — and hey, you do! — you might want to try solving that older puzzle by printing out the PDF. If you're too anxious and just want to jump to the answer, first reconsider the PDF because it's a fun puzzle. Ok, fine, here's the answer grid.

Happy April Fool's Day.