I know it’s only Wednesdays, but this puzzle features a trick more popular on Thursdays: the scary rebus game! This is a mechanism that requires the parser to enter more than one character in some boxes.
The best way to learn about a rebus is if you are emphasis You know what the answer should be for a given idea, but you don’t have enough spaces to enter it. For me, the idea that gave me that was 32D: “Brand of Chickpeas”. now I’m the love Hummus, and I knew the only brand-name hummus that was widely known enough to make it into a New York Times crossword puzzle is SABRA: but the 32D has only four squares. Realizing I might be dealing with a rebus, I looked at the central key (“mythical Himalayan human”) and based on a few crossings I’d already gone through, concluded it might be an abominable snowman. sABRA . crossing ABCan you notice a snowman? It must be AB rebus!
Seven more squares in the puzzle contain the same two letters, and so on ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, all attributes across entries with rebus already contain two: GRABbed ABITE, INHABHe. SheABpound and ABRA CADABRA.
I assumed while analyzing that the topic would have to do with a six-pack of AB, but in fact the number comes to eight rebus boxes. Mr. Goudsmit’s clever detector in 61A (“Basic exercises…or a hint of eight squares in this puzzle”) shows that the analyst does AB CRUNCHES—crunching two letters into just one square. salary!
Hello, New York Times Crossworld! My name is Jared. I’m a writer, proud St. Louis, and (as of May) a Tulane University graduate with majors in theater and political science. Most of these puzzles were made behind the scenes during last year’s spring show. (You hit my signals, I promise!)
This is a new passion for me. Jim Peredo’s January 2020 New York Times crossword puzzle intrigued me as a beginner solver and piqued my interest in making my own puzzle. I thank him for taking the time to keep his ambitious grid clean. Anytime I feel tempted to slack off filling in the blank today, I remind myself of the excitement I felt upon completing his puzzle.
I’m proud of my cleanliness under rebus limitations, but wish I could squeeze stronger entries (pun intended). INH (AB) IT (AB) LE gave me the symmetry I needed, but it is not SANT (AB) (AB) Y.
Shoutouts to Phil (the perfect Drug Portal website for aspiring builders) and XWord Info (an indispensable resource for me every step of the way). And thank you for checking out my 8 pack!
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