Wednesday, March 30, 2022

puzzle #15: Tabula Rasa (with meatdaddy and 18 other people, kinda)

hi everyone! march has been a busy month between work and a week-long vacation but puzzles are back in a big way. today marks the release of Tabula Rasa, a project headed by meatdaddy69420, in which they gridded a puzzle and sent it out to whoever wanted to participate to write clues for it. it's been super cool to see everyone's takes on the entries (and how much overlap there is in some cases).

i'm super grateful that i'm not considered too annoying by the community at large to participate in something like this yet, and it was fun to try and write unique clues for the puzzle. normally there would be a lot more "boring" clues in my puzzle than this, but that's what's fun about a project like this: everyone is trying to stand out! it's a great way to get everyone's voice to come out in their writing which has been tons of fun to see and do.

meatdaddy says the following:

One of my favorite things about crossword puzzles is seeing the many ways that different constructors will clue a single word - for just a moment, you get to peer inside the mind of someone else and at the expense of sounding cheesy, it's a lovely, intimate moment. Not only that, but I also frequently find myself thinking "man, I wish I would have thought of that cluing angle!" and it's a testament to the diverse skill sets and talent in our lil' community. The main goal of Tabula Rasa was to pick everyone's brains by sending them a silly grid with fun fill and words with a handful of different cluing angles. I also wanted to get new constructors involved - building your own grid for the first time is not only intimidating, but can also be cost prohibitive during *gestures at world events*. I wanted this to be an approachable opportunity for new constructors to get their foot in the door, and I'm very pleased to say that I think it was successful in that. Ultimately, at the end of the day, I just hope everyone had a lot of fun doing this and I'm really grateful for everyone's enthusiasm about the project!

many of the finished puzzles will be posted on the constructors' respective blogs, and the others are posted on meatdaddy's blog here, which includes links to the blogs as well. as for mine, i can't imagine too many people will be doing this one over all the others, but if you do, let me know what you think. 

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