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Looseness of the Vowels
This puzzle may cause some mild discomfort. Be careful to not have an unwanted vowel movement, because the order matters!
Peter Broda
Time Limit 30 minutes
Size 15x15
Words 76
Fillable squares 181
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NOTE: Only in-person results are included in stats, error data, and score list
Accordion arrows
Clues and Answers
ACROSS
1
Diplomacy
TACT
5
Man of (sequential) letters
STU
8
They're above femurs
ILIA
12
Puts out there
AVERS
13
Cricket match type
TEST
15
Request ID from
CARD
16
With 16-Across, superfluous and crumpled-up doctor's note, for short?
SCRAP
17
Inflammatory reaction
RASH
18
Was hardly peerless?
EYED
19
One found under a bar table after some wobbling
SHIM
20
With 20-Across, Bikini Bottom resident's kitschy decorated minerals?
PATRICKS
22
Do some hair-raising work
TEASEUP
24
Snap, crackle, and pop
NOISES
27
With 27-Across, buys up movies that tanked and sells them at an inflated cost?
FLIPS
28
"I'm new at this"
BEGENTLE
30
Cubes and others
NISSANS
32
Low blow antithesis?
GALE
33
Off-road ride, for short
ATV
36
Mine find
ORE
37
Checked off
XED
38
Café au ___
LAIT
40
One that may have established a pyramid scheme?
PHARAOH
44
School house?
FISHTANK
46
With 46-Across, brief accidental defecation?
SHORT
49
Old-timey warning
ALARUM
50
Parks parked on one
BUSSEAT
52
With 52-Across, what David Ortiz practices that annoys his neighbors?
BIGPAPIS
55
Upwords piece
TILE
56
Like some twins
EVIL
58
One making love with a quiver?
AMOR
59
With 59-Across, is bald?
LACKS
60
Aquaman organ
GILL
61
Supervise a lift
SPOT
62
Some Ottomans
AGHAS
63
Toothpaste and others
GELS
64
Soft silencer
SHH
65
With 65-Across, item on exterminatortalk.blogspot.com?
PEST
DOWN
1
One mixing in a studio
TVCHEF
2
From the top, as a movie shot
AERIAL
3
With 3-Down, squeezes Harvard's team on an already crowded bus?
CRAMSIN
4
Epicurious meas.
TSP
5
With 5-Down, throat infection-causing germs lurking on a guitar attachment?
STRAP
6
Milk it!
TEAT
7
Former red giant
USSR
8
"Adventure Time" character with an army of penguin minions
ICEKING
9
Pringles alternative
LAYSSTAX
10
Burning sensation?
IRE
11
Stir in, say
ADD
12
Helper, briefly
ASST
14
With 14-Down, collection for an Addams Family character with a panty fetish?
THINGS
20
Noted boots-wearer
PUSS
21
Olympian Sebastian
COE
23
Pen tip?
EPI
25
Magazine that can be read back-to-front?
ELLE
26
Tournament hopeful
SEED
28
2000 Camp David Summit participant
BARAK
29
Cabinet dept. responsible for nuclear weapons testing
ENER
31
Vater's progeny
SOHN
33
A, as in air traffic control?
ALFA
34
It may be wrapped around a branch
TAIL
35
It lists charges
VISABILL
39
With 39-Down, excites serfs?
THRILLS
40
South American plains
PAMPAS
41
Lenovo competitor
ASUS
42
Orgasmic outbursts
OHS
43
With 43-Down, reason for taking a bathroom break during a bank stick-up?
HOSTAGE
45
Water tower?
TUG
47
German empires
REICHS
48
Have a one-sided conversation with
TALKAT
50
With 50-Down, Amtrak sleeping unit for women in labor?
BIRTH
51
Model Munster who started the #effyourbeautystandards movement
TESS
53
With 53-Down, promotional team for a popular energy drink comprised of obnoxious little brats?
AMPS
54
Piglet's pal
POOH
56
A shell of one's former self, for some creatures?
EGG
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Compete
VIE
59
Indy circuit
LAP
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Stats
Puzzle 1
20:00
15x15
Puzzle 2
30:00
15x15
Puzzle 3
45:00
20x19
Puzzle 4
15:00
15x15
Puzzle 5
40:00
17x17
Mean percent correct 95.39% 93.91% 95.34% 96.66% 81.36%
Mean error count (incorrect or empty squares) 8.34 11.03 14.44 6.38 44.74
Mean incorrect (but filled) squares 1.87 3.33 3.48 1.54 12.17
Mean empty squares 6.47 7.7 10.96 4.84 32.57
Mean allotted time used 61.0% 55.8% 50.7% 55.1% 67.7%
Mean solve time 12:12 16:43 22:49 8:16 27:05
Mean time per correct square 4.24s 5.91s 4.63s 2.69s 8.32s
Fastest solve 4:20 5:47 8:08 3:05 7:32
Fastest error-free solve 4:20 5:49 8:08 3:05 7:32
Mean score 1196.9 1606.9 1999.4 835.1 3235.2
Best score 260 349 488 185 452
Worst possible score 7130 7730 12500 7130 10100
Number of error-free grids 52 39 56 67 40
Number of unfinished grids 25 23 15 16 40
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Solve Times and Scores
Rank Competitor T R Score Time
1 Al Sanders i 349 (0) 5:49
2 Jeffrey L. Schwartz i 451 (0) 7:31
3 Amy Reynaldo i 452 (0) 7:32
4 Andrew Miller o R 455 (0) 7:35
5 Andrew Feist i 472 (0) 7:52
6 Eric Maddy i 479 (0) 7:59
7 Jesse Lansner i 496 (0) 8:16
8 Doug Peterson i 515 (0) 8:35
9 Jeremy Horwitz i 538 (0) 8:58
10 Avram Gottschlich i 541 (0) 9:01
11 Louis Kesten i 548 (0) 9:08
12 Erin Milligan-Milburn i 612 (0) 10:12
13 Ron Osher i 638 (0) 10:38
14 Doug Hoylman i 675 (0) 11:15
15 Alex Jeffrey i 683 (0) 11:23
16 Jan O'Sullivan i 723 (0) 12:03
17 Michael Sharp i 731 (0) 12:11
18 Ray Hunley o R 755 (0) 12:35
19 Vega Subramaniam i 760 (0) 12:40
20 Phoebe McBee i 785 (0) 13:05
21 Steve Langer i 807 (0) 13:27
22 Craig Harman i 820 (0) 13:40
23 Peter Gordon i 830 (0) 13:50
24 Christine Quinones o 876 (0) 14:36
25 Derek Allen i 888 (0) 14:48
26 joon pahk i 890 (1) 6:00
27 Sam Ezersky i 938 (2) 6:18
28 Scott Weiss i 1000 (1) 7:50
29 Rob Tricchinelli i 1025 (2) 7:45
30 Glen Ryan i 1034 (1) 8:24
31 Jeff Dubner i 1041 (1) 8:31
32 Trip Payne i 1057 (7) 5:47
32 Roberta Strauss i 1057 (1) 8:47
34 Dan Felsenheld o 1067 (0) 17:47
35 Damon Gulczynski o R 1074 (0) 17:54
36 Joe Bockskopf o 1084 (0) 18:04
37 Bruce Ryan o 1090 (0) 18:10
38 David Schooler o 1099 (0) 18:19
39 David Stein o 1105 (0) 18:25
40 Thomas Silverstein o 1123 (0) 18:43
41 Matt Gaffney o 1166 (4) 9:06
42 Ken Levin o 1179 (0) 19:39
43 David Heinick i 1202 (1) 11:12
44 Peter Rimkus i 1224 (2) 11:04
45 Joe Miller o 1258 (0) 20:58
46 Josh Himmelsbach o R 1271 (2) 11:51
47 Robert T. White i 1290 (2) 12:10
48 Joe Cabrera i 1304 (4) 11:24
49 Bret Martin o 1321 (0) 22:01
50 Andrew Laurence i 1348 (1) 13:38
51 Cathy Sacks o 1377 (0) 22:57
52 Michael Megargee i 1413 (10) 10:13
53 Angela Olson Halsted o 1478 (1) 15:48
54 Ben Jones o R 1488 (5) 13:58
55 Mary Stackhouse o 1503 (0) 25:03
56 George Tolley i 1510 (2) 15:50
57 Adam Jackson o 1517 (0) 25:17
58 Miriam Nadel o 1529 (1) 16:39
59 Todd Dashoff i 1573 (1) 17:23
60 Laura Zipin o 1595 (2) 17:15
61 Jim Quinlan o 1640 (5) 16:30
62 Steve Smith i 1696 (4) 17:56
63 Amy Paepke o 1756 (2) 19:56
64 pamela feiring o 1770 (0) 29:30
65 Susan Losher o 1824 (1) 21:34
66 Carol Levin o 1885 (4) 21:05
67 Gabriel Gonzalez o 1901 (4) 21:21
68 Tony Orbach o 1968 (1) 23:58
69 Mark Samburg o R 1984 (2) 23:44
70 Brayden Burroughs o R 1989 (1) 24:19
71 Andy Gefen o R 1994 (4) 22:54
72 Steve Tice i 2005 (4) 23:05
73 Jared Dashoff o 2063 (1) 25:33
74 Tom Quigley o R 2249 (3) 27:39
75 Ben Dwertman o 2360 (2) 30:00
76 Joanne Sullivan o 2570 (9) 30:00
77 Christopher King o R 2588 (10) 29:48
78 Penelope Harper o 2600 (10) 30:00
79 Terry Bunton o 2660 (12) 30:00
79 Gilda Turitz o 2660 (12) 30:00
81 Ian Livengood o 2720 (14) 30:00
82 Michael Miyazaki o R 2750 (15) 30:00
83 Trey Runnion o 2780 (16) 30:00
84 Lena Webb o 2840 (18) 30:00
85 Zoe Jacoby o 2870 (19) 30:00
86 john connelly o 2930 (21) 30:00
87 Neil Fitzpatrick o 3260 (32) 30:00
88 Debbie Myers o 3350 (35) 30:00
89 Michael Solberg o R 3650 (45) 30:00
90 Michael Rosen o 3680 (46) 30:00
91 Matt Zipin o R 3710 (47) 30:00
92 Owen Paepke o 3800 (50) 30:00
93 Kat Benesh o R 4190 (63) 30:00
93 Robert Russell o 4190 (63) 30:00
95 Peter Jones o R 4370 (69) 30:00
96 Marion Shields o 4640 (78) 30:00
97 Howard Flax o R 4910 (87) 30:00
98 Jennifer Allen o R 5810 (117) 30:00
99 Mani Subramaniam o R 5900 (120) 30:00
100 Megan Beresford o R 6350 (135) 30:00