I tried to make this grid with four-way symmetry, but the damned SE corner wasn't yielding anything remotely what I'd call acceptable. So I threw in the black squares and ruined the hall-of-mirrors presentation. Still, I was happy with how the corners turned out. And if you're thinking that the two 15s were where I started, you'd be correct.
Hey indie puzzle supporters, my man Trip Payne recently announced his latest Extravaganza. For the unfamiliar, Trip's Extravanganza i a suite of various word puzzle variants, all thematically linked, with a final metapuzzle holding it all together. I've done the previous two years suites, and I've already signed up for this year's go-around. Join me, will ya? I'd recommend the bonus puzzles too as Trip really shines with his "Something Different" variants.
Oh, and another thing. Penny Press has recently announced a new word puzzle magazine called, wait for it, Word Play. Carefully curated by Eric Berlin and Ian Livengood and given the "green light" by Will Shortz, Word Play will be a bimonthly magazine of crossword variants that yours truly will be featured in (among other big names like Patrick Berry and Francis Heaney among others. Ian told me the answer pages looked like Games magazine on drugs, which works for me. If you are interested in subscribing, I've been told you are to call 1-800-220-7443. Why they can't do this online beats me. Anyway, you've been warned, so spread that puzzle money around, will ya?
Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.