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Puzzle 28 - Themeless #19

I can't quite believe how quickly the grid came together for this. Had the seed Friday, spent Friday trying to come up with a theme around it, but couldn't. So, Saturday while we were watching Sleeping Beauty, I knocked out the grid. Real happy with how it turned out - hope y'all are too!


  • If you read one article today, make it this NYT article about lessons from 15-Down and today.
  • Speaking of Sleeping Beauty, the three Good Fairies are named Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather - def will be using that as a cluing angle sometime.
  • I love Sleeping Beauty. It has this weird unpolished (in a good way) feeling that just hits me right. The humor still holds up too - would absolutely watch a spinoff of the Fairies just existing.
  • Also Maleficent is awesome. No messing around. "Oh, you didn't invite me to the party? Your daughter will die when she turns 16." Prisoner escapes? Immediately surround the castle with giant thorns and turn into a dragon to defend it.
  • The final fight scene takes 3 minutes instead of 30, which is absolutely a win in my book.
  • Anyways, you should look up footage of the seed entry sometime. Absolutely awe-inspiring. And if you're ever in the area, it's well worth a trip.
  • This NYT from 2014 is a nifty take on this idea, and is way cooler than any theme I dreamt up.
  • This puzzle's coming out 32 minutes late, because the 40th anniversary is precisely at 8:32 AM PDT.