Default with Spaces: 112428
Transposal: Body fluid associated with melancholy (5 4) / Schwarzenegger line (3 2 4)
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I confess that I didn’t recognize the word DUBSTEP when I first saw this image on Facebook a few days ago. I looked it up and, mainly from the context of the invitation, suspect that it’s not a universally popular style of party music. I get a little bit of pop music education from BEQ and other indie crossword constructors but I need to make more efforts in 2014 to become acquainted with the work of contemporary pop stars.
The Beatles song catalog is a theme list I added to Default years ago but I added it again this week with Default with Spaces formatting. When working with theme lists, I don’t take a lot of pains to add/readd all partials. Some crossword enthusiasts on Facebook were discussing partials recently, and Trip Payne raised the point that the guidelines for partials in spec sheets for the New York Times and other mainstream markets are arbitrary. The five-letter limit allows some ugly partials (A TEN O) but excludes longer partials that have a more natural feel (THE BIG). I have added some six-letter partials to Default but I always score them out of fill range. Do you think that the five-letter maximum is a good guideline even for indie constructors?
This shorthand version of New Year’s Eve party gets a reasonable number of Google hits, though the Internet seems to embrace initialisms more and more in all levels of discourse. It does look odd in Default formatting — like a party with Science Guy Bill Nye. I wish you all a happy New Year and safe travels to and from your evening plans, whether New Year’s Eve party, NYE party, or (Bill) Nye Party. If it’s the last one, make sure you save one dance for him.