Will Shortz said no to this one, though he called it "impressive." I kinda had a feeling about that—though the grid has a highly unusual feature, the compromises I had to make to fill it may have weighed it down too much. It drifted off into the netherworld for three years—see, this thing just would never leave my head!—until after I got happily involved with this group. I'm so happy to have found a home for this. This is so far outside anything I would ever normally do crossword-related, but some outside force told me twice not to give up on it—first, after coming up with the idea, and second, after having had it rejected by the New York Times. I'm very pleased to have an outlet like this, especially for a puzzle that something, somehow, wouldn't let die.
GB adds: This wonderfully creative puzzle by Tim is exactly the sort of effort that we are proud to publish on our quirky website, where we are willing to bend the rules (word count, number of blocks, etc.) a bit in the service of a greater "aha" to our solvership. Our beta testers (listed on the puzzle's main page) absolutely loved it, although one did point out that Tim's record of 100% theme coverage of white squares has been tied, in a puzzle that used only 1-point Scrabble letters and in another puzzle where all across clues had the same format [links require access privileges to xwordinfo.com; alternatively, search for Peter Gordon June 5, 2001 and Joe Krozel December 8, 2009 Times crosswords]. As to the timing of our release, we wanted the date and time to be a palindrome, and must rue the missed April Fools' 2014 opportunity (4/1/14)—but what can one do?!
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