"Stop this unsavory sausage-making process . . . !"
That's a sound bite from John McCain, in a recent speech before Congress. When I first heard the words "unsavory" and "sausage-making", my heart skipped a beat -- was the Senator referring to puzzlemaking?
Public warnings about puzzlemaking can be traced to prescient political figures in the 19th century. Decades before the invention of the crossword, Otto von Bismarck cautioned: "Laws and crossword puzzles are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made."
Before Congress schedules hearings on Puzzlemaking Reform, here's a free puzzle constructed from my cubicle in the Puzzle Industrial Complex.
(I'm trying to figure out how to post an Across Lite version of the puzzle on Blogger. I'd appreciate suggestions from those who've done so. . . . Update: Amy and Joon have advised. Thanks! Answer Grid is posted below)
Crossword in the Raw No. 1
*****ANSWERS: Click here