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114: Think Outside the Tank (Themed)

Now Playing: To Know, Water by Austin Wintory

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Word Count: 74

Mean Word Length: 4.92

Today's Trash Panda Puzzles crossword is a special one. The puzzle was constructed by my dear mother!

Jason: What can you tell us about yourself?

Leslie: I spent 40 years as an English professor and retired from that to work in the public library system. I have three wonderful sons, a loving husband, six delightful grandchildren, and an adorable black lab named Shadow.

Jason: Three wonderful sons, and surely one who makes crossword puzzles is a notch above the rest, right?

Leslie: Of course! (Said sarcastically)

Jason: What would you like to tell the crossword solvers about today’s puzzle?

Leslie: Creating a crossword puzzle was far more difficult than I imagined, especially coming up with an interesting theme and clues. I had lots of help and guidance from you when it came to writing up the clues. This is a themed crossword which I know you’re not fond of making, but it was something I wanted to try.

Jason: This is true, I tried making themed crosswords early on in my puzzle-making days, but they never really clicked for me. I much prefer to have interesting and thought-provoking words in my grids. What was your inspiration for the puzzle’s theme?

Leslie: The theme takes inspiration from my most embarrassing teaching moment when I mispronounced the title of the book alluded to in 27-Across. I pronounced the book with a possessive noun where I shouldn’t have. The students in the back row of my class burst out laughing and I didn’t know why until I paused and realized what I had said. That moment has stuck with me through my entire life.

Jason: Thanks for the insight on the inspiration for the theme for today’s crossword. Hopefully, folks enjoy solving this crossword as well as we had constructing it.

Leslie: Thanks Jason!

Music Inspiration: The puzzle's theme

Jac's Personal Word List/Score: 21D

Reused 4+ Letter Words: 6D, 7D, 12D, 13A, 14A, 15A, 16D, 19A, 23D, 28D, 34A, 36A, 37D, 49D, 51D, 54A, 55A, 59A, 62A, 63A

Unique Words to Date: 4,690 (+49)

Non-NYT Words: 20A, 42A, 48A

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Crosswords by Jason "Jac" Crabtree