Average Length: 5.53
Difficulty: 5 out of 5
This one’s pretty tough, particularly the 1A/6&7D combination. If you’ve never had 1A, you owe it to yourself to try some, preferably washed down with a Medalla. I first ran across 7D while learning to play Rhapsody in Blue way back in high school. There’s a nasty 7D that I never quite got.
If you finish the puzzle, reward yourself with a 1 Down, 16 Down, or 45 Across. If you don’t finish it, console yourself with the same.
Please share this puzzle throughout the metaverse, link to this site, and otherwise give me some free publicity. Next up (11/21) will be a medium-difficulty, Thanksgiving-themed puzzle. Thanks, and enjoy!