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Themeless 29

Words:  70

Average Length:  5.37

Difficulty:  Not quite as difficult (by a small margin) as scaling these cliffs would be

Esha Ness, Lerwick, Shetland Islands (see 15 Down). Note the lack of puffins.

16 Across was the “seed,” appropriately enough, though it’s a concept that baffles me, as a lifelong suburbanite.  28 Across:  I had the opportunity to fly Emirates Business Class from DC to Dubai a few years ago and then fly it back from Singapore.  It was probably the most luxurious travel experience I’ve ever had.  15 Down:  In 2010 my brother and I visited the Shetland Islands, rented a car, and drove off to see (among other things) the puffins, which are all over the place – except, that is, for all the places we looked for them.  Shortly after that trip I started a blog (long dormant) called Puffinless Travel.  I’ve been to every continent except Australia since 2010 and still haven’t seen any puffins. 

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Themeless 23

Words:  72

Average Length:  5.19

Difficulty:  At least four “oys”

A horse (see 57 Across)

My seed entry was 19 Across, spurred by a vote of the Spotsylvania County (Virginia) School Board to remove – two members urged burning – “sexually explicit” books in school libraries.  Many of the targeted novels include LGBTQ content/characters.  The school board reversed itself a week later, dealing a setback, for now at least, to prudish yet prurient Puritans.

From there, I entered a dystopian death spiral, which accounts for 9D, 21D, 34A, and 54A.  At least I was able to include 40A, yet another expressive and inherently comic Yiddish word (as is “kvell,” in the clue).

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I promise a less eschatological grid next week!  Please enjoy, share, and comment if you’re so inclined.

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Themeless 20

Words:  70

Average Length:  5.57

Difficulty:  5

The Beatles made out of pumpkins and gourds, Hartheim, Germany. No reason.

After last week’s frivolity, here is a straightforward themeless with nary a neologism.  The seed was 3 Down, which I’d never heard of before an unfortunate collision between my foot and the corner of a night table.  Please enjoy and share.  Next up (10/31) will be a suitably sweet puzzle for All Hallow’s Eve.

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