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8 puzzles by Simon Marotte
with Jim Horne comments

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Puzzles constructed by Simon Marotte by year
Mon 8/14/2023
LAPSBOSSYCHIP
EPICEVITELIMA
GOTOELEVENAGES
SPARKRAPTWHAT
NEILPLUSONE
RATSNOSEPAC
ASHSCOTKETTLE
PARTAKETENAIM
SPIRESMENDNET
LENISAYFESS
HALFOFFMAMA
ACRELONGANGUS
STIRONEANDDONE
NODEALAMOONIT
TREETYPEDMETS

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Mon 3/27/2023
SASHMASSFESS
HYPEAUTODELTA
YEARINONEATEN
COUNTINGCROWS
CRESTSCENANSA
OARAASTUFT
SMASHINGSUSHI
TECHLLAMASLOT
SNEERPUMPKINS
DAMPMBADEM
BRACIAORIBEYE
ROLLINGSTONES
ALIENOTISAHEM
GOBAGDELIDOPE
ASIFAREASWAT
POW Fri 11/25/2022
ATLASIRANRICE
LOADEDDICEOGRE
PIZZAROLLSPOOL
SLYLINEUPETSY
WEPTRUINS
GOBADWINESNOBS
IPODMARISATRI
REDSSNOGSSHES
TRYPONCHOPIES
HADABLASTSANDY
HORSYSCUM
POUTMOCHASAPE
RUBSPRAIRIEDOG
ISLEIANFLEMING
MEETALITQUADS
Mon 8/15/2022
MCRIBBOMBATMS
ARENAOWIEDRAT
NEWBALANCEDUNE
CAREUSERMEDIA
ASIDESDONEDEAL
VETAHSSEWACT
EDENSLILYPUSH
STRIKEONE
SELAEPEEEPICS
AGEANNPOMNAP
YOGAPOSEDOODLE
STOUTLETOSOON
IRANMINORCHORD
DIRTEDITEERIE
OPTSTEESLASER

Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen who is playing on his Slip 'N Slide.

If you're going to create a themed crossword, you typically have to cram four or five connected answers into Across slots and then find some way to fill around them. Mondays are particularly tough because that fill must be easy for new solvers.

But before you get to that point, you have to dream up a theme, and like trying to find an available URL for your new project, uniqueness gets harder over time. Jeff remembered an earlier puzzle this year with a similar take. Well, it was in a different venue, and the "strikes" were at the beginnings of the words not the ends, but same idea. My philosophy on such repetitions is different than some: I don't care.

Another admired theme aspect is "tightness". If your theme is names of mountains and the world has more than a couple of dozen mountains (I haven't checked) then a random set of five seems inelegant. If they're the five tallest or the five most active volcanoes, then it's a tight set. I have a bit more sympathy for this notion.

Mr. Marotte's theme set today might not feel tight, but it is. There aren't a lot of "strike a" phrases, and Simon picks up most of the good ones. But, if I need to do a web search to confirm that, does it really matter?

I didn't know what MICROSLEEP was, so I looked it up. It's "uncontrollable, brief episodes of sleep" lasting from a fraction of a second up to several seconds. This can happen while doing repetitive tasks like, say, driving. Yikes.

Mon 5/23/2022
BARSGPASASSET
EXECRENTFIERI
ALSOOLDEFLEAS
NETNEUTRALITY
ETCEMIRADS
SETAHAAMULET
PLAYPOSSUMTATI
OLLIEAUGSATAN
KEEPSPELLCHECK
ERNESTYERRHO
NYTPUTTGUM
SHADOWCABINET
ADHOCGILLMAGI
SNOREACAIIDOL
PAWNSSENDCAST

On our Finder page, you can enter **CAST** and click OneLook search to find phrases with the word cast.

Tue 4/26/2022
JIGTDPASSDROP
ODEORACLEROBE
ILLMANHUGECON
NESTEGGREMAKES
ESQAPLOMB
LACEUZISTOOTH
IRANEARSENTRY
BINDECKOUTTOM
REDFININGMOON
ASYLAASEAAMPS
HONORSRPM
SEESAWSAREARUG
ERASNOCLUEERR
WIREUNRESTEGO
NETSPSYCHEFEW
Wed 12/29/2021
ORALBOATCHEST
PITAARCHHILLS
EMMYEMCEEITSOK
CESARYOGAMATS
NARCAPE
SHOECAGEYENEMY
WINGALLSETLEE
OMEGALOPSALES
LOUMEMOIRRITE
EMPTYTEPEEMESS
OATSPAR
SLAMDUNKBEARD
CIRCAEASYESSAY
ATEAMALOETAKE
BEATSTEXTSPED
POW Tue 3/9/2021
BORATSAGAPROM
IRISHICESLOVE
FALSETEETHAMEN
FLEABAGSECARD
YOREPARE
LATEXLAURABUSH
ELIDEDTRIONCE
APRREVERSECOW
SHESLIUENSURE
HADNOHOPEANTED
EVILVICE
APNEATENTACLE
DEARKUBLAIKHAN
DAMEISAYNEATO
SLEDDARNGROSS
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