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Guest Freestyle 4, Adam Aaronson: “Well…”


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A generous offer from constructor extraordinaire Adam Aaronson that fits my vibe quite well. I love the central stack! Enjoy, folks!


Word count: 68
Mean word length: 5.68


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Guest Freestyle 3, Quiara Vasquez: “You Might Drop Dead”.


Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.22


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Big, big ups to Quiara Vasquez for kicking in this awesome grid today. Talking about being generous and coming through with great timing. I get an email not so long ago with the subject line, “You need any puzzle help mid-move?” and of course that grabbed my attention.  Despite that, I was very ready to write in this space that I wouldn’t indeed have a grid for today, when, last night, I get an email with a really cool-looking draft grid from Quiara asking if this would work for Club 72. Hell yes, it would work. Then, I don’t know what time zone this is coming from, in fairness, but I get an email after 4:00 am with the completed, clued grid. So, mad props (does anyone still say that?), Quiara, and I cannot thank you enough for this gem of a grid and a tour de force of cluing. It fits right into my vibe. But I’ve talked enough, so I’ll let the constructor tell the tale:

Big ups to Tim for letting me guest on Club 72 – I’d like to think that this puz has “big Croce energy,” even if it doesn’t have the trademark 12/15/12 grid you’ve come to know and love. I actually started this puzzle with the southernmost entry and filled my way up towards the top, but that triple stack at the top is so beautiful that you’d never know it. If you like this puzzle, there’s more like it on my blog QVXwordz (which Tim has added to the site’s blogroll – nudge nudge), and you’ll also find another tricky themeless from me this October in the Boswords Fall Themeless League, registration for which will open on September 1.
I would have bet a lot of money that the northwest stack was the genesis for this grid. And yes, it has been a while since I’ve updated the links. But they now include QVXwordz (which I swear was going to get included anyway based on this post!).

I don’t think I’ve ever included two musical selections on a post (the fabulous choice up above was Quiara’s), but I really feel like I have to include this one in the post as well, cliched as it is:


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Guest Freestyle 2, Adam Nicolle: “Doesn’t Matter to Me”.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.36


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I am excited, honored, and flattered to be posting a bonus guest freestyle grid today by the very talented and funny Adam Nicolle. (He has posted another of his own themeless grids at the same time here.) When I got the initial email from him with the grid you’ll see attached, I knew I was in for something good. It’s interesting to be talking about a grid from the solver’s perspective, but I realized when I was solving this grid that I hardly ever construct grids like this — lots of interlocking long entries instead of my usual stacks of long entries. After doing this one, I was thinking maybe I should start! I was awed by all the entries he interweaved in this grid — three across entries, all fifteen letters, and four down entries, two 13s and two 10s, without a dud among them or any of the other entries. And the cluing vibe was such that I changed exactly one clue. Everything about this was right on my wavelength.


 

Guest Freestyle #1 by Jason Mueller. Time for something new and exciting!

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.31

As promised yesterday, I’ve got a guest freestyle puzzle today! Jason Mueller’s the name, and this 72-word freestyle’s the game. (I have no idea what that means.) Jason emailed me a few weeks ago with this freestyle puzzle for my consideration. I solved it right after I got the email, and replied that I very happy to have it on the site.

Jason tells me that he is (as of this blog post) unpublished, but will have his major publication debut on Sunday, May 31, in the LA Times. (Impressive enough, but a Sunday debut is even more impressive, still!) This is a pretty darned polished freestyle construction with some fun entries in it. In fact, the one running across the middle is… well, was… on my own seed list. He is from Missouri, an alum of the University of Missouri, and was captain of their quiz bowl team. I am very happy to present this freestyle from Jason, I look very much forward to his LA Times debut, and I look forward to many more of his puzzles to come! Nice job, Jason.