Puzzle 26: Freestyle 16. Don’t hurt yourself!

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.36

The inspiration for this one, oddly enough, came from an episode of an Anthony Bourdain show (I watch any show he does on TV, by the by). The episode took place in the city referred to in the clue for 8-Down, and the slogan was mentioned somewhere in the episode. I immediately started to construct this puzzle while still watching the show. That, 17-Across, and 68-Across were the seeds for this one. 37-Across came from a scroll through the database for a fifteen with that particular middle letter, so I can’t really call it a seed. A mini-seed, perhaps. You could call 11-Down and 24-Down mini-seeds as well.

Because I didn’t want to just let it go without discussion, you might notice a small dupe in the puzzle. After I put the fifteens and the other seeds in place to start, I started from the top left (feeling like that would be the place with the most potential constraints) and worked basically counterclockwise around the whole puzzle. When I got to the answer in question, I found that the best entry that fit the pattern had a short dupe with one of the answers already in the puzzle. However, I felt that the entry was too valuable not to put in the puzzle and it wasn’t worth tearing out the other entry. So I left both in there. (Hey, I don’t want to just not talk about it and pretend I didn’t see it.)

My favorite thing I learned from this puzzle is the factoid in 23-Across, mostly because I FOUND ANOTHER UNIQUE CLUING ANGLE FOR THIS WORD! You have no idea how excited that made me feel.

As always, I’d like to know, folks… comment is welcome! Come say hello! What did you like? What could I do better? Honey, please, can’t you see you saved me? Wouldn’t you love to see a mosh pit form at a symphony concert? Do you ever look strangely at faces with beards and try to erase the facial hair in your mind to see what they’d look like without them?

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3 thoughts on “Puzzle 26: Freestyle 16. Don’t hurt yourself!”

  1. Enjoyed the puzzle. I’ve worked with linear algebra over 30 years and didn’t know that definition of vector. Now I do. I paused at 23-A to appreciate the cluing before I read your notes. Is the dupe 14-D and 16-A?

    19-A is probably my least favorite. The clue seems like something someone does while the answer is, to me, more of a command.


    1. The dupe I was referring to was at 6D and 24D. I never thought of those two at 14D and 16A as coming from the same sound (always thought 14D was a modification of “aha”) but I stand corrected upon looking at the etymology.

      Fair point on 19A… I remember seeing “absquatulate” used in the imperative, and I suppose a lot of verbs can, but I guess that one may be a bit awkward as one.


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