The American Values Club crossword
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What is this?

This bonus puzzle is a special kind of crossword called "Something Different."

Sifting through hundreds of old, weird puzzles for my crossword history book, few innovations impressed me as much as Something Different, especially the ones created by Trip Payne in the '80s and '90s. According to Trip,

Something Different crosswords allow made-up entries that can be clued in any way. For example, the clue "Flowery poem about one 1980s fad" might lead to ODE ON A RUBIK'S CUBE; the clue "Like margarine" might lead to OLEOESQUE. Most Something Differents will include some real words as well, particularly among the shorter entries; these will be clued normally and are good places to start. Expect anything and keep your mind open!

I love the idea of a full grid of nonsense entries that's nevertheless solvable, and wanted to try my hand at it. This is the result. Enjoy.

-- Ben Tausig, Editor, AVCX

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