Here lies a puzzle that was too esoteric for mainstream-land. I’m still going to hold onto the seed at 19A and try and use it somewhere that DOES go out to the wider world, because I think it’s a cool word that can be clued fairly. (It is also a word that describes me.)
5 thoughts on “Tough as Nails Themeless #80”
Fair, and not as difficult as your last. Nice job.
Really liked this one! Found it easier that your usual, but still made me think. Clues were fun and interesting. Can’t imagine why this can’t go mainstream, more satisfying than anything the NYT puts out these days.
That upper-left corner sure seemed like it was setting up the revealer HIDDEN BALL TRICK!
Re your puzzle rejection, perhaps you needed an easier, more entertaining clue for your 11-letter entry? Here’s one for you: [Lover of “Black Swan” and “Swan Lake,” e.g.].