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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:30 am 
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If you enjoyed today's puzzle, you may like this one as well!

It's not thorny, I promise.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:44 pm 
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Another extremely clever and original theme idea, Xan.

Are you posting this here because it was rejected by an editor? I have a hard time believing anyone would have turned this down.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:58 pm 
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Yes, sadly it was rejected by the NYT, and the Sun was through by then. Another editor also had a problem with the unrelatedness.

You can read about the pair of puzzles here:
http://101diversions.blogspot.com/2010/01/crossword-jan-7-2010.html


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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:20 am 
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Absolutely Amazing NYT puzzle, Xan, and thank you for the (also very fun) second puzzle! I asked for the "anatomy of a puzzle" and "poof!" you post one here. Thanks! It was very interesting to see how you came up with such a novel idea...

Was originally going to post this at your blog itself, but it insists on audio verification, which proved difficult as varsity computers lack speakers...


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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:19 pm 
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very cool!


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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:27 pm 
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Loved it! Seems like a perfect NYT Wed or Thurs to me. Can't imagine what Mr. Shortz was thinking when he turned it down...

But keep at it, please, and post the shouldn't-have-been-rejected-but-were here!


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:21 am 
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Xan,

You have an amazing talent at puzzlemaking and I hope you continue the good work.
Actually I am puzzled and even pizzed off that Will did not accept BOTH puzzles.

Popeye


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:06 pm 
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Great puzzle, Xan!!! And thanks for the link, Matt!


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