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120: Last Call at the Taqueria (Themeless)

Now Playing: Star Trails by Antarctic Wastelands

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Word Count: 70

Mean Word Length: 5.54


Happy first Friday of September! We’re now officially in my favorite time of the year. I’m looking forward to the next three months as I have fun stuff planned every single weekend including but not limited to visiting family, a renaissance festival, autumn/harvest celebrations, and even a trip or two! Between now and the middle of November, I have only one weekend at the moment where I don’t have plans. Why does this matter? Well, I like to sprinkle some of my current happenings into my crosswords. An example of this was my reference in this week’s Teeny Tuesday to what I’m currently streaming. Expect to see more autumn-esque clues/words coming up.


Today’s crossword is a 15x15 grid with standard symmetry. While constructing this puzzle, I tossed out half a dozen partially filled grids as I couldn’t find words that I really liked. Then when I started working on the puzzle that’s seen below, words rapidly clicked left and right for me. Normally I like a smooth construction process, but today’s crossword took a bit longer than I’d like.



Title Inspiration: 2D, 7D

Music Inspiration: 8D, 23D, 33D

Seed Words: 22A, 45A

Personal Word List/Score: 9D, 22A, 28A, 33D, 45A, 54A, 57D

Reused 4+ Letter Words: 1A, 3D, 5D, 7D, 13D, 14A, 17A, 21A, 27A, 29D, 30D, 32D, 51D, 60A, 61A

Unique Words to Date: 4,879 (+53)

Non-NYT Words: 4D, 15A, 22A, 34A, 45A

Non-Shortz-Era Word: 28A


If you enjoy, solve, stream (I give bits), or find a typo in my crossword, please let me know!


Don't forget to love each other,

Jac


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