Default – 335578 Words
New 10L 79S – SIAMESECAT
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If this entry could be clued as the Irish playwright, who is generally referenced as SAMUELBECKETT, I would give it a slightly higher score. As it is, the entry refers to Scott Bakula’s character on Quantum Leap. I haven’t watched that show in years, but it was a nightly ritual when it aired in reruns on USA Network in the ’90s. Quantum Leap’s ten o’clock broadcast was followed by an airing of Magnum P.I., which my housemate Ralph loathed. As soon as the helicopter appeared accompanied by the electric guitar riff, he would see who was closer to the remote; if it was me, he would fake a seizure until I changed the channel.
My first crossword puzzle in the New York Times ran in 2000. The theme involved words and phrases containing the consecutive letters OREO, and I beleive the puzzle was the first published puzzle I created with CCWIN. My first draft of the puzzle contained the entry SETSTOREON, but Will asked me to change it because he didn’t feel the phrase was common enough. I just checked Default and discovered that SETSTOREON is not in the list. I’m not sure where I found the phrase while constructing the puzzle in 2000; electronic word-finding resources were less prevalent then. I wonder if it appeared in the original Default, but I deleted it after Will requested a revision.