That Puzzle Guy's Blog ...And Clarkson still sucks


Take two

Nothing like being published to bring me back to making blog posts. Enjoy my Onion puzzle today!

The words you'll write in are actually the second fill I had for this grid. The day this crossword was due, I worked up a nice puzzle and was about to start cluing when something caught my eye. At 6-Down, I had TESSELATE. Yup, that's spelled wrong. How it got into my Crossword Compiler word list, I don't know; I think a few dictionaries may list it as a variant. Nonetheless, I couldn't justify keeping it.

I poked around the area to see if I could change it easily. No dice. It was where I'd started filling the bloody grid; I was going to have to rip up the entire thing. Everything I did after settling on that "word" was a wasted effort. Putting together an extremely impressive swearing binge as I worked, I constructed a whole new puzzle over the next ninety minutes. The result was decent, I thought, but not as good as what I'd first done (aside from the misspelling, of course). My time and my patience were both wearing very thin, so I had to roll with it. Hopefully you don't think it turned out too badly.

So there you have it, kids. Check your work.

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  1. For reasons I can’t adequately explain, I’m sure you would have spelled it right the first time if your name was “Tiler”.

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