019: Themeless Puzzle 3; Food Galore
Now Playing: Fox Fires by Denny Schneidemesser
Word Count: 72, Mean Word Length: 5.36
Back in my youth, my family and I took a vacation into the rural parts of Manitoba. While I don't remember many details about the trip, I do recall the vibrant forests, the crystal clear waters, and the majestic night sky. It was truly something to behold to be out in nature and seeing the vastness of existence. What does this have to do with today's crossword? Well, the musical accompaniment above which ties in with 48A reminds me of that vacation and the wonders I saw. Now nearly 20 years later, I yearn for a time where I once again can experience something so breathtaking.
This crossword is a themeless which means there are less words overall, but they are longer entries. There are a MASSIVE slew of four and five letter words which I hope doesn't bother anyone too much. My original seed for 20A was DSCHINGHIS KHAN, but I couldn't get any crossings that I liked. I swear one of these days I will get them into a crossword puzzle, but it needs to be some top notch crossing to make it work.
Non NYT Words: 5D, 9D, 39D
Non Shortz-Era Words: 56A
Title Words: 2D, 15A, 20A, 23A, 36A, 47D, 52A, 54A, 55A
Seed Words: 20A, 48A
Music Word: 48A