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118: Unfazed by the Spices - Teeny Tuesday

Now Playing: Huff + Puff by Daniel Pemberton

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Word Count: 34

Mean Word Length: 5.71


Happy Tuesday! It’s funny how when reviewing a crossword for posting, I sometimes notice an unintended theme. Today, you’ll find several references to spices, ingredients, and elements. Apparently, I had food on the mind during my first pass through of clue writing.


Today’s crossword is a 9x13 grid with horizontal symmetry. My original plan was to have both 5-Down and 6-Down span the grid, but I wasn’t happy with any of the combinations my computer was throwing at me. Instead, I focused more on the horizontal stacks to make them more interesting.


Title Inspiration: 19A, 25D, 29A

Music Inspiration: 1D

Seed Word: 5D

Personal Word List/Score: 1A, 5D, 17D, 25D

Reused 4+ Letter Words: 2D, 3D, 4D, 10A, 18A, 22D, 23A, 26D, 27D, 28D

Unique Words to Date: 4,800 (+19)

Non-NYT Word: 5D

Non-Shortz-Era Words: 8A, 29A


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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