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53 Shortz Era puzzles with unchecked squares in the grid

One of the "rules" of crosswords is that each white square must be checked. In other words, each is part of two answers, one across and one down. When that rule is broken, the results are often interesting. If you look closely at these puzzles, you'll realize that in most cases, every letter is indeed "checked," just not in the usual way.

The 3 most recent grids:

Sun 5/29/2022 A Monumental Centennial
TVADSPANGOGHSASH
HOBOKEPTTROUTUTU
ANEWBIRTHOFFREEDOM
INTERNETEARCLIPS
LINCOLNMEMORIAL
MASSEYSOULSCRAGGY
EVAFDADOZENFADRAE
LOVESICKBAGBENSTEIN
TWIGPERSKYRUEHANS
ORRDOCNODSET
BUREAUCASHCOWSTRESS
EGOTISMBEARDBOOMMIC
ELFLAPAGREEATVANA
PITASHONESTABEERNST
HOPSWARHEROSPEC
CELLARSPACIFIC
CHUICUTAPPOM
LENGTHSPSEOREGANO
AVIATESRINMAHATMA
WROTETOEDTSBALOAN
SENORSSTERNS
Sun 3/27/2022 I'M STILL STANDING
ATTESTSSOCALADASTRA
GROCERYUNHIPCONGEAL
EUROVANITEMSHECTARE
SETECCEIOSGERIREX
ISNTRAMPAGESEND
ALLOWLIMESTONENORMA
SYLLOGISMRENTTOOWN
TRAINEROFTHEDOWNPAT
OASDRAWABETOGOSHE
TERSENAYAWARD
STORYENCRYPTSLEEP
KEEPSEBAYAAASDFLAT
INESLIPMMATESH
NOBCASTSAPINCHCTR
GRANOLASPRAYDRAFTEE
SALOMECHAMBEROLEOLE
SLURLOOTSOYAFIRS
GAMETESTHEBORG
BREADEDRHENIUM
IHATEITKHUFUANASAZI
TOTSROMODNIA
Tue 3/22/2022
GEAREDASPWAZE
ULTIMALOUAGOG
FATBOYSLIMFROG
FIEEARPFESS
ANNFSHEEPLE
WEDIDITEDGEDUP
RARESISITME
ECHOOTHERROAR
SEENINHBOGO
PERFUMEONENESS
HIDALGOEAPU
SKOLIMOKSAN
CANIDISSENTERS
ATONERELIAISE
BERGNAEMAGNET

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DateAuthorTitle
Sun May 29, 2022Daniel Bodily and Jeff ChenA Monumental Centennial
Sun Mar 27, 2022August Lee-KovachI'M STILL STANDING
Tue Mar 22, 2022Adam Wagner
Sun Mar 6, 2022Matthew Stock and Will NedigerPARLOR TRICK
Thu Nov 11, 2021Mark MacLachlan
Thu Oct 7, 2021Timothy Polin
Wed Jul 21, 2021Alex Vratsanos
Sun Mar 29, 2020Ricky CruzKEEP THE CHANGE
Fri Mar 13, 2020Alex Eaton-Salners
Wed Nov 27, 2019Matthew Sewell and Jeff Chen
Tue Jul 16, 2019Ross Trudeau
Thu Dec 13, 2018John Westwig
Wed Oct 31, 2018Bruce Haight
Thu Sep 20, 2018Sam Ezersky
Thu Sep 28, 2017Joe Krozel
Thu Jan 19, 2017Jacob Stulberg
Thu Nov 17, 2016Timothy Polin and Joe Krozel
Sun Jul 24, 2016David SteinbergOUT OF THIS WORLD
Sun Feb 14, 2016Mary Lou GuizzoALL YOU NEED
Fri Dec 25, 2015Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
Thu Nov 12, 2015David Kwong
Fri Oct 16, 2015Joe Krozel
Wed Oct 14, 2015Joel Fagliano
Wed Jan 7, 2015Greg Johnson
Sun Sep 7, 2014Tracy Gray and Jeff ChenALL-ENCOMPASSING
Sun May 11, 2014Peter A. CollinsFOR MOTHER
Wed Nov 20, 2013Peter A. Collins
Thu Aug 29, 2013Timothy Polin
Thu May 9, 2013Patrick Merrell
Thu Jan 17, 2013Milo Beckman
Tue Sep 25, 2012Ian Livengood
Wed Jun 27, 2012Mike Buckley
Thu May 17, 2012Joe Krozel
Thu Apr 5, 2012Elizabeth C. Gorski
Fri Jan 27, 2012Joe Krozel
Fri Oct 21, 2011Patrick Berry
Wed May 4, 2011Jeff Chen
Sun Feb 27, 2011Peter A. CollinsV-2
Thu Jul 22, 2010Jeremy Horwitz
Thu May 27, 2010Josh Knapp
Thu Mar 18, 2010Daniel A. Finan
Sun Dec 27, 2009Elizabeth C. GorskiTOASTING THE NEW YEAR
Sat Mar 7, 2009Joe Krozel
Thu Nov 22, 2007Oliver Hill
Sun Apr 30, 2006Elizabeth C. GorskiLIGHT THINKING
Thu Nov 10, 2005Lee Glickstein and Craig Kasper
Tue Nov 2, 2004Patrick Merrell
Mon Mar 15, 2004Patrick Merrell
Sun Mar 16, 2003Elizabeth C. GorskiWorks Like A Charm!
Thu Nov 7, 2002Patrick Merrell
Thu Nov 29, 2001Patrick Merrell
Sat Oct 27, 2001Trip Payne
Thu Feb 2, 1995Bob and Sharon Klahn

The Unchecked Shortz Era constructors

Daniel Bodily Jeff Chen August Lee-Kovach Adam Wagner Matthew Stock Will Nediger Mark MacLachlan Timothy Polin Alex Vratsanos Ricky Cruz Matthew Sewell Ross Trudeau John Westwig Bruce Haight Sam Ezersky Joe Krozel Jacob Stulberg David Steinberg Mary Lou Guizzo David Kwong Joel Fagliano Greg Johnson Tracy Gray Peter A. Collins Patrick Merrell Milo Beckman Ian Livengood Mike Buckley Elizabeth C. Gorski Patrick Berry Daniel A. Finan Oliver Hill Lee Glickstein Trip Payne Bob Klahn

Pre-Shortz puzzles with unchecked squares

There aren't any.