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As someone (I think Glenn) mentioned in the livechat during my SF Live set on the first night, I also make crossword puzzles. I post a new one each weekday at https://crosshare.org/sommersmith. There you can peruse old puzzles and/or hit the "Follow" button to get notified by email about new ones. They're usually mini 4x4 or 5x5, with larger ones usually on Fridays and, starting recently, a full-size 15x15 every two weeks. As of right now I've posted 41 puzzles.

Today's puzzle may especially interest some of you, as may this one from a while ago. Otherwise I try to keep things pretty generalist, though there's a fair amount of music references.

I've found that constructing crosswords is a fun complement to songwriting; it scratches similar creative itches in different ways. Others seem to agree: crumpart has posted one and frankie big face has posted a bunch. Crosshare is free and open-source and the puzzle constructor is pretty user-friendly. Maybe you should try making a puzzle!
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I've been enjoying these and the ones from the other folks you mentioned. Good stuff!
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Should have been working.

Instead made second puzzle.

https://crosshare.org/crosswords/9nXOPesblJzwXaoGw8ol
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crumpart wrote:
Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:39 am
Should have been working.

Instead made second puzzle.

https://crosshare.org/crosswords/9nXOPesblJzwXaoGw8ol
My crossword today is revenge for all the Irish words in your puzzle.

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MicahSommer wrote:
Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:41 am
crumpart wrote:
Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:39 am
Should have been working.

Instead made second puzzle.

https://crosshare.org/crosswords/9nXOPesblJzwXaoGw8ol
My crossword today is revenge for all the Irish words in your puzzle.

https://crosshare.org/crosswords/3V66quRRU85HOsUnB4Rn
Sure it’ll be a bit of craic so.
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I'm pretty happy with my crossword for today!

https://crosshare.org/crosswords/1VZ0wiKYT78HIKhw15K1
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People around here like music, right? My crossword today is all music-themed, somewhat accidentally.

https://crosshare.org/crosswords/rD0qrdrXEJEycQbO9622
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I don't comment every time but I've really been enjoying these every day, thank you for making them and sharing them. They're great!
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Today's crossword is all They Might Be Giants lyrics. Just because.

https://crosshare.org/crosswords/mCJZ4qyia563dufGWjRI
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Another music-themed crossword today:

https://crosshare.org/crosswords/iGuig0AOjkf7Qwy91jY2
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Even though I never made a Crosshare account (and thus never left comments), I was doing all of the Sommersmith puzzles consistently and compulsively, and now I miss them. I hope this is just a temporary lull.
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Same here! I really enjoyed and appreciated those puzzles, they were a fun moment in my morning routine during the week. Thanks for making and sharing them, Micah!
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and we're back! Micah posted a new one yesterday.
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Holy crap this is so, so cool.

Check out page E4 of yesterday's copy of the Los Angeles Times:
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There he is, our very own Micah Sommersmith, with his crossword in the L.A. Times directly under the horoscopes and next to Family Circus and Marmaduke. His crossword is also in the 09AUG2022 Chicago Tribune, and you can access it by clicking the August 9, 2022 crossword at https://www.latimes.com/games/daily-crossword .

Congratulations Micah, that's awesome.
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That is super rad! He mentioned it on Facebook. And owl helped test it out for him too, I think she said. Congrats Micah! It was a fun puzzle. Too bad there was no mention of Song Fight in it though. :P
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Thanks everybody! It's been really cool to see my puzzle published and the (surprisingly positive!) reaction to it.
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That is super rad! He mentioned it on Facebook. And owl helped test it out for him too, I think she said. Congrats Micah! It was a fun puzzle. Too bad there was no mention of Song Fight in it though. :P
Yes, owl heroically test solves all my big puzzles and tells me which of my ideas are terrible. This puzzle's clues were also edited pretty heavily by the LA Times editor, though many of my favorites made it through intact. Sadly, Song Fight is probably too niche a reference for a national puzzle, but who knows, maybe I'll manage to slip it in someday. ;)
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