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5 puzzles by Steven E. Atwood
with Jeff Chen comments

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53/1/200711/15/20170
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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.61000
Steven E. Atwood
Wed 11/15/2017
ROYSSNSBARBS
EWEICONSTARTS
FLATRATEATTIRE
AIMSATACTII
TALCPOKERCHIPS
ENOKIMAKES
NNWSLOPPYTHAW
TICMACBOOKILE
HEADCESSNASIN
REPELNOMAD
BOBBYSOCKSPSST
ENDORTOATEE
STIRINSHOPLIFT
SHEATHELMOCUE
ETHELCOPSEND

BRITISHISMS! Having just finished the latest season of "The Great British Bake-off," having all these American words Britishized tickled me. FLAT RATE, with FLAT Britishly defined as "apartment," POKER CHIPS, with CHIPS Britishificated into "fries," etc.

I wasn't sure what MACBOOK was meant to be. Took a little thinking to remember that a raincoat gets Britishagated into MAC.

(BOBBY = policeman and LIFT = elevator.)

Nice to have BRITISHISMS in the grid as a revealer, although it's in an odd place, up in the NE corner. One trouble with this sort of placement is that the game gets given away too quickly.

(Although it does stymie "clever" solvers who skip down to the bottom to where the revealer usually is.)

Not only did it feel out of place, but not having a symmetrical partner — LOW CARB DIET is a nice entry, but not thematic — gave the grid a wonky feel. Like tea without a scone. Or unrisen dough without a proving drawer.

Perhaps I've been watching too much GBBO…

Even given the relatively high theme density, I thought there was too much crossword glue. BSA, SEIS, ILE, NNW, ON THE, KAN, EPOS, and the duped ISM / BRITISHISMS. That's more than 10% of the entries in the grid; a bit SLOPPY. I would have preferred something like just five themers, with the first one 10 or 11 letters long to match BRITISHISM(S). Would have allowed for a more elegant final product.

Overall though, fun for me to get my Anglophilic fix. Now, back to my crisps and puddings…

Sun 12/2/2012LO AND BEHOLD!
POOFFANCLUBSACCUBE
CAPOALIBABAENCLOSES
THELOXFACTORATRANDOM
SUCKLERVANLOINJOKE
HIDEBITEONDE
ASHENCLASSIFIEDLOAD
SHARLSATAFORELKE
FAVORITESOLONDWARF
AMEAVONYEWMARIFOO
RUNSFORSLALOMDANCING
STRATAHEAVED
SLOWINGVOTERSMIDSIZE
WENNOESINCSANAMAV
ORANGGLOAMINGTABLE
ROILAPPTAFTSPUER
DIRECTORSCLOUTAPEST
ALIERINDCANE
BLOBGUNSOEDOBTAINS
CALIENTEFLOATTUESDAY
UNDERCUTTOPHATSEARN
PIERHPSSWEARATDSCS
Thu 3/1/2012
AFFIXAHEADDHS
STORKBASIEEEL
PROVERBIAGETRE
HITSOAFPERON
ALIDISASTEROID
LENTILMORAINE
TYGERWOOFSTER
REPASTURE
ACHSRISEURGES
PHOEBESABSENT
PERSISTERLYRDA
EDITSSOPOMNI
ADZCONQUESTION
SAOALEUTARETE
ERNYATESGORED
Tue 12/6/2011
SHILOHDOSASIA
CASABAASPURNS
TROVESFLOURISH
VANISHTONTO
SEARGARISH
BACHNASTYAMIE
USACARTAASPEN
MIRCHERISHUSN
RAMOSFILCHRTE
AGERTYPEOFEAR
POLISHDODI
EARPSPUNISH
BRANDISHELISHA
AUNTLIERASHER
METSLSDSCHEME
Thu 3/1/2007
SWAPSKIUSMINT
HILONONSPACER
OSLOONSDENOTE
WHEREWITHALSWE
LYCRALSATS
EQUALAUGUST
VULGARMARIDLE
EINEOVERSNCAA
SPANMONAUGURS
CAPITAGYPSY
SLAYSLABEL
AIMSMALLMINDED
MEAGERIAMERNE
ONSITETRYWAYS
ASSESSYESSTAC