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1 puzzle by Wyna Liu
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Wyna Liu
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See the 8 answer words debuted by Wyna Liu.

Fri 2/15/2019
CATFISHESWHARF
ONIONTARTOILER
OOPSSORRYORATE
SAKESTHERIO
SPLINESWOODMEN
PEELEDJUNO
ADVILMASKWATT
CRAZYRICHASIANS
YOREALOUANNUL
BYOBGLADTO
ALLPROSMOSTEST
WEARONMETAL
OWNITMELODIZES
KIDDOGWENIFILL
ESSEXSLEEPEASY

This is the first puzzle I've constructed and I'm thrilled to be making my NYT debut. The seed entry for this puzzle was 33-Across CRAZY RICH ASIANS, followed by 1-Across CATFISHES, a shoutout to Henry Joost and Supermarché, who made Catfish. I wanted to clue 41-Across ALL-PROS as "Like Newton and Watt," but WATT was already in the grid and I couldn't figure out how to replace it.

Fill-wise, I'm least happy with WOODMEN, T-NUTS, and T-SLOT, particularly since they sit so close together in the grid. My favorites are the multi-word answers OOPS SORRY, WIN AT LIFE, and SLEEP EASY.

I'm grateful to Erik Agard for inspiring me to start constructing and for being a fantastic mentor. He did warn me about the dicey black square configuration that almost trisects the grid, exactly the feedback I got from the editors. A near deal-breaker — thank you eds. for letting it slide!

I've been a crossword enthusiast for about ten years. Between solving puzzles, I spend my time making jewelry and magnetic objects, teaching yoga, and bothering my dog. I hope to keep the puzzles coming!