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1 puzzle by John Hawksley
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TotalDebut
111/19/2021
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Scrabble
1.74
John Hawksley
Fri 11/19/2021
SHIVERMETIMBERS
HOTELCALIFORNIA
ETHNICRELATIONS
ETATORALHARKS
POPLYNTERMS
PICAODORS
STEPHDRUGSSAX
FUNSIZEDADJOKE
OTSLEVISAQUAS
NIKONRYAN
GLOVEGTADRE
WHINEARODSWAB
HATERSGONNAHATE
INEEDAHUGEFAVOR
GARDENAPARTMENT

This puzzle started with another grid, with a third (!) central 3x15 stack. Here, I found the HATERS GONNA HATE stack, but with ugly downs like HANA and ITER. Luckily, I saw that the grid could be opened up to GHANA and LITER while creating the four longer down entries. I'm happy with the result!

The puzzle is a pangram, mostly an accident. It came down to JQA // AQUAS, SAX // XES at the very end, which I thought was the best fill, regardless of style points.

Quick hits:

  • FUN SIZE is my favorite debut entry. The term comes from tiny chocolate bars, but I've heard it used cutely for any diminutive thing, including people.
  • GTA is an interesting debut, in that GTE, GTI, and GTO have all been used before, despite being far less familiar to me.
  • My wife Hanh and I ate CHILI VERDE for the first time in Santa Fe while road-tripping across the country this year.
  • I wrote the clue for HOT TO. I had recently watched the reality show in question. This is also why I was happy to keep the long partial in the grid.
  • The editors wrote the clue for AKA, my biggest surprise in the final proof. The list of AKA sisters is a real who's who that includes Kamala Harris, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison.
  • Apropos of the MOTHERS DAY / DAD JOKE crossing in the puzzle, I'm doing some "long-distance calling" today.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed the puzzle!