013: Themeless Puzzle 1, Take Flight
Word Count: 72, Mean Word Length: 5.33
Happy New Year! Phewy, we made it through a year we're not going to forget anytime soon. I for one am looking forward to 2021 with a renewed sense of optimism and excitement. I want this year to be bigger, bolder, and better! That being said, why not kick things off with my first published themeless puzzle?
This puzzle contains 8 words that have never shown up in the NY Times crosswords and another 2 words that have not seen the light of day during the Shortz era. Of the 8 new words, 4 of them are from my personal word list and 1 is from my Pokemon word list. Hopefully these will be fun to solve!
Non NYT Words: 6D, 12D, 14A, 24A, 32D, 33D, 39A, 58A
Non Shortz-Era Words: 24D, 40A
Title Words: 12D, 17A, 19A, 39A
Seed Words: 12D, 14A, 32D, 58A
Music Word: 58A
UPDATE: 45-Down has been removed from my word list. Thanks for the input from folks.
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