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).

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  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.

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  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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