Tough as Nails Themeless #51

This one might not actually be as hard as some of the others? I clued it for NYT, but they said no and I decided to bring this one to the light of day now rather than trying to shop it around to other markets. I think it’s a good puz, even if it didn’t catch the NYT team’s eye!

Tough as Nails Themeless #51 – Across Lite

5 thoughts on “Tough as Nails Themeless #51

  1. Nice little romp. Not as hard as a lot that gets posted on the page. Editorially, I could see a couple of reasons why it’d be rejected, but I’m half-curious as to what the real reasons were (kind of trying to learn what “standard” is in my own crossword constructing efforts).


  2. Lately I’ve been getting the comment “you always send us very good stuff, but this didn’t quite rise to the top.” It’s them short entries…a DECA or a partial too many is enough to get something rejected given the number of themeless submissions they get.


  3. Hi! First time commenting, but long time listener. That was a fun puzzle. 7:43. Don’t know what they’re looking for these days at the Times – haven’t submitted puzzles to them (or anywhere) in over a decade.


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