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9 puzzles by Nam Jin Yoon
with Constructor comments

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See the 46 answer words debuted by Nam Jin Yoon.

2 collaborators: Brooke Husic Matthew Stock
Puzzles constructed by Nam Jin Yoon by year
Fri 7/15/2022
DUETFRAYMMA
INLAWPROMOTION
STEPHRESCUEDOG
SOCIALITERAGER
TOTEMSCOMEDY
PRICESTUTU
RIVALTOOTHPICK
AGESLURPEENAE
MASSEUSESRETRY
LINKARCHES
PUPUSADOCILE
ONEILBOWLGAMES
SPACETIMEHIALL
TIREFIRESTRIBE
SNLTODDSLAW
Fri 5/13/2022
CHARTSPFOWLS
ROMANACLEFLEOS
ARENTWEALLDION
ISNTANYTAKERS
GETWITHKINDER
ROBOTOPEDSEA
BATONCORDCONK
TCHOTCHKECRUDE
SEATLAYABOUTS
STYLEDCONS
CIORHYTHMS
PILAFRAISEHELL
ADULTSITESADIE
DECLUTTERTRIMS
SAYPLEDDAYS

If you're looking to read a ROMAN À CLEF, we recommend "Cassandra" by Christa Wolf (Jan van Heurck translation)

If you're in the mood for a sweet rom-com like "To All the BOYS I've Loved Before," we love "Always Be My Maybe" and "The Half of It"

If you're seeking newer R&B music than "SAY My Name," we have "Have Mercy" by Beyoncé protégé Chlöe on repeat

POW Sat 3/5/2022
MOSSPROVEIT
CONEOFSILENCE
FRIENDLYBANTER
MOESTOICFARCE
ARMSRIGHTLEAS
IGETBYHOYAEPA
MEDIASTURDY
TELLONTAMALES
DALLOWAYNIKOLA
ABAONPOINTVIP
MOCKSAGGYMESS
AURASTAUPAPI
STEPINMADEROOM
KIMONOANDSCENE
STEWEDTARTMSG

If you're interested in learning more about TERESA Teng, I recommend reading this article and putting on this song.

POW Sat 12/4/2021
CHEFSKISSCLIFF
YOGAPANTSHENRI
BORNAGAININDEX
EKEYARNANDIE
RAGANOTETOSELF
CHICKWELLSBAA
ABODESDIASANK
FAUCETSASKANCE
ERSPARESANDES
SITINETS
BIDETSGOTASEC
ACRIDHABANEROS
SAYNOMOREAROMA
ELLEWOODSSIDED
SLYNOFEEFETE

This puzzle owes its genesis to Brooke Husic and the puzzles on her blog, which:

  1. you should solve (my favorites are this one and this one), and
  2. inspired the diagonal symmetry seen in this grid.

Shout out to my parents, who unfailingly turned off my electric fan every night throughout my childhood.

Sat 8/14/2021
CLEATSFIRST
THISISAMERICA
THEMOREYOUKNOW
PHASEBLINDGUN
ARTSMAINECORY
NOHMISOGYNY
GAUNTLETTANG
TRAILSBRIDAL
TIDEBEELINES
FANBASESGTO
SIBSNESTSESTA
INABILESMATER
MUSICALTHEATER
MIRACLEWORKER
STANSDOTEON

Three bases in one grid; call that a trip.

POW Fri 6/4/2021
KILNJAWSPTAS
INEEDANAPSLASH
DONTJUDGETAKEI
SNOWANGELOCEAN
ONTOTAPAS
ENERGYTOPBRASS
PANKOEURYDICE
OCDBEATSMIN
CHIMNEYSLEAFS
HONEYBEEBESTIE
TAMESPUTT
SCENEOVERRATED
TOASTREALITYTV
IDRISESCAPEPOD
RESTSTEPSONS

The original seed for this one didn't survive the construction, but feel free to put it on anyway for some post-solve vibes.

Recommended book pairings for the puzzle: MIN Jin Lee's Pachinko and OCEAN Vuong's On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous.

Sat 1/30/2021
HOAGIEDROID
ROCKETSCIENCE
YOUHATETOSEEIT
SAYNOGRADDONE
CLADCOATESFEN
ATLSUITECRUST
BASELINEMOUSSE
PANGDAUB
CASINGKITTYCAT
EXACTDUSTSADO
ROOSCONCEKNIT
ALIGRODECEDES
MOREPOWERTOYOU
ITSNOWORNEVER
CLEATPASTED

I recently passed my one-year mark of constructing themelesses, so I thought this might be a good time to jot down a few things I wish I'd known when I first started.

  • Stair-step block patterns that go up are usually easier to fill than stair-step block patterns that go down. (I'm realizing now that Patrick Berry actually explained why this is in his excellent Crossword Constructor's Handbook and that my dumb ass had somehow glossed over it the first time around.)
  • Actually reading Berry's handbook will save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run.
  • "Cheater squares" is a term invented by masochistic constructors who want to make an already difficult task harder for no good reason.
  • "No partial dupes" is another one of those unwritten crosswords rules, which in many ways resemble baseball's unwritten rules. For instance: a small but vocal contingent of crossword purists will get pretty mad at you if they catch you disregarding this "no-dupe" rule. As a rule of thumb, crossword's unwritten rules should be afforded the same respect and reverence as baseball's unwritten rules.
  • Every themeless construction is an exercise in avoiding SEERESSES as your final across answer. But go too far the other way with your J's and Q's, and eventually, your seams will show, and everyone will know you are just afraid of SEERESSES. It's best to deal with the SEERESSES early on while maintaining a healthy but respectful distance.
  • Pangrams should be reserved for immediate family members who have the grace not to write mean things about your puzzles on the internet.
  • Don't pander. Your solvers can tell when you do, making them heavy bored. Stick with words you'd be happy seeing as a solver (without lying to yourself), and the rest will work itself out.
Sat 11/28/2020
TIMETRAVELESTA
AREYOUGAMEXMAN
POWERSUITSPAST
SNLTHANTARTT
TOEBLOTTER
FAIRSFAIRMBA
DRESSCODESOUP
PROBEORCSANDS
LOGOAUTOTUNES
APPPITYPARTY
CARRELSBEA
ELIOTGPASOCT
BINSOVERSHARES
ONCEPINACOLADA
SEENTEETOTALER

If anyone's looking for a good quarantine read (or re-read), I'm a fan of 21A's The Secret History, which is still the GOAT campus novel.

Fri 8/14/2020
KAMASUTRAANGST
ATITAGAINSERTA
FLATWHITESHOOP
KATELAWYERUP
ASANASERUPTS
DRUMBEATCHI
LAMPOONSTHAN
GINSDUOBOAT
DAFTBANKRUPT
ALESOLDIERS
BOSSEDPREGGO
SWANSONGCHOU
SHOTSPELLGRANT
EERIEEYEOPENER
ASKEDDONTSTARE

Fridays are my favorite crossword days, so I'm excited to see my first puzzle published on one. This one started with the EYE-OPENER / DON'T STARE pairing in the SE and proceeded counter-clockwise from there. As a law librarian, I was particularly happy to be able to work in LAWYER UP and angsty law grad KAFKA along the way. Props to the editorial team for making me look a lot better at this constructing thing than I am.

If you're a member of an underrepresented group in crosswords (regardless of experience level) and would like to collaborate, shoot me an email at njywords@gmail.com.

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