108: Finds, Films, & Flips (Themeless)
Word Count: 68
Mean Word Length: 5.56
You’ve heard it plenty of times here on Trash Panda Puzzles, but it's once again getting ridiculously cold where I live. Our weather has been a roller coaster as of late with the temperature swinging over 40 degrees F. in less than 24 hours, all while staying below freezing. My evenings have often been with a quilt over my lap and a cup of tea in my hand.
Today’s crossword is a 15x15 grid with standard symmetry. The original version of the puzzle had 38 squares instead of the 36 seen below. I needed to make some significant changes after my test solver (hi mom) pointed out that the word that was originally in 20-Across was a ridiculous variant spelling and shouldn't be used. Thanks to her feedback, that corner of the crossword got a complete overhaul and is much better for it. Speaking of my mother, she helped clue a few words in other parts of the grid. In my stat section below, you’ll see which clues came from her. Happy solving!
Title Inspiration: 1D, 51A, 56A
Music Inspiration: 17A
Seed Word: 34A
Personal Word List/Score: 34A
Reused 4+ Letter Words: 4D, 9A, 10D, 12D, 16A, 24A, 41A, 45D, 50D 51A
Unique Words to Date: 4,507 (+19)
Non-NYT Words: 29A, 34A, 36A
Non-Shortz-Era Words: 1D, 24D, 42A
My Mom's Clues: 27D, 30D, 31D, 32D
Collaborative Clue: 29A
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