Added Across Lite files/Notepad
Default – 335954 Words
Transposal (9): U.S. Judicial body compromised by Edward Snowden / Unruly, as a crowd
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I’m becoming more generous when assigning fill scores to entries that may not pass the breakfast test. That generosity stems from the experience of working with editors and the realization that all editors have predilections and banes that constructors must learn. ETUI is an entry that one editor hates and another has no problem with. A constructor who doesn’t want to remove ETUI from a word list altogether develop the skills of selective filling, and if a constructor can do that with ETUI, then why not FART or PORN or BULLSHIT. Mind you, I don’t go out of my way to crude vocabulary in a crossword even when I have the luxury to do so, but in terms of fill scores I’d rather reward an entry with cultural vitality (EARGASM) than one that’s dull, archaic, and obscure.
Both of these entries showed up in recent puzzles. I may need to investigate more *DEGREE entries for a theme notepad. Coincidentally, a coworker and I were discussing a recent code of conduct assessment test that we took. We both missed a question or two, but as she pointed out, CS GET DEGREES. I added that to Notepad for my next set of New Additions. The partial CSGET was not added.
Since I added ICYSTARE to Default, I figured I should give the same courtesy to something less threatening.
I’m not a Twitter user, but heard this website mentioned in a recent television interview. The website name was used as a verb. Even with Google checks, I’m not sure I want to add the verb forms TWITPICKED, TWITPICKING, etc. to Default. Can anyone verify if these are good entries?
This type of specialty meal came to my attention during an episode of ABC’s Whodunnit? After a quick Google check, I added the entry to Default and fast-tracked it as an Unthemely seed. Whodunnit? by the way is a great summer reality series. It features just enough game cred to keep it legit, but still delights in the most absurd murder-mystery plotting handled my an obligingly dramatic cast of contestants. I’m disappointed that the selected murderer, pretending to be a contestant, is apparently being given no information about the weekly murders at all (a departure from the similar reality series The Mole). This aspect dulls the armchair sleuthing, but the series remains silly, summertime fun.
I received a compliment on Unthemely #38 related to the fill and the intersection of the long entries. That 12-13-12-intersecting-stack themeless pattern is one of my favorites. It’s a great way to use 12- and 13-letter seeds, which can be difficult to place in many themeless grid patterns. Also, the grid autofills amazingly well for a 66-worder. I associate the grid with Peter Gordon; I don’t think of it as a popular themeless option, but I have notable holes in my solving regimen (e.g. New York Times). Do you see the 12-13-12 grid more often than I do?