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g1 - I could go either way (guest puzz from Rebecca Goldstein)

We are super excited to bring you our first guest puzzle (g1) on just gridding! It's from friend of the blog (and friend of the bloggers) Rebecca Goldstein, who is bringing you a spicy and sassy 17x that we both adore. Enjoy! Note from Rebecca:  This puzzle was born at one of my happy places - the local, queer-owned barber shop, a rad, bro-free space where I get a fresh cut and great conversation  with the owner and OG butch lesbian, Julie, on a monthly basis. The theme occurred to me while driving home from my last cut, and I thought my favorite new puzzle blog might just be the right space for it. Thankfully, Rachel and clr agreed - big thanks to them for giving this guest grid a loving home! pdf puz   P.S. If you are interested in running a guest puzzle here on just gridding, you can reach out to us at justgridding at gmail dot com. 

c2 - unresolved business

hi, here's a 21x21 for you. thank you to Pete Rimkus who test solved while this idea was in its early stages, and to Rachel for testing the final puzzle. fyi i will be posting solo puzzles on the 13th day of each month. collabs, bonus puzzles, and "Just Griddings" to come whenever we feel like it.  -clr p.s. a quick update from Rachel: Hello! As you may or may not know, clr and I were both involved in creating "These Puzzles Fund Abortion," a pack of easy/medium crossword puzzles from some of your favorite constructors, to benefit the Baltimore Abortion Fund (BAF). That pack is still available to anyone who donates to *any* abortion fund. We will continue to host information about the pack on the " These Puzzles Fund Abortion " page of this blog. If you haven't donated/solved yet, please consider contributing to a fund near you today, and then email your receipt to bafpuzzles (at) gmail.com! pdf puz

t1- triple threat

This is our first "team" puzzle (which is what we are calling collaborations), made in four hours by Rachel, clr, and guest constructor Brooke Husic literally this morning. It's a little eclectic! It's also filled with fun things and backyard kiddie pool vibes. Triple thanks to Matthew Stock for the test solve ❤️! pdf puz

jg1 - just gridding 1 - finished puzzle

Thank you to everyone who submitted clues for the "crowdsource the clues" effort on this first "just gridding" puzzle, as well as those who attended the Twitch stream last night to discuss, finesse, and finalize the clues for this puzzle. Contributors are listed below the embedded puzzle (edit: and thanks to Norah Sharpe for sorting and tagging contributors!). Feel free to claim the ones you wrote in the comments! If you are a newer constructor who requested feedback on your submissions, I'll be in touch over the next couple of weeks (we got far more than we expected, so this may take me a while!).  -rf .pdf .puz ps. thank you to Matt Gritzmacher of Daily Crossword Links for the test solve! Clue contributors: Adam Nicolle : 8D Adrian Johnson : 50A, 2D, 24D, 34D Ben Bass : 20A, 30A, 4D Brooke Husic : 18A, 12D, 30D, 44D David Harris : 7A David Koelle : 59A Eli Selzer : 33D, 35D, 36D Evan Birnholz : 34A, 41A, 53D Gabe Gonzalez : 58A Heather Pierce : 46D, 54D H

r2 - what's your alignment?

Hellooo, here's a themed puzzle for you to solve while our first crowdsourced " just gridding " puzzle is pending! Sharp solvers may notice a similarity between this (themed) puzzle and the (themeless) grid in the crowdsourced puzzle. I promise the two are only related insofar as I am a nerd who loves [activity from which those similar terms come] and frequently put that activity into puzzles . Thanks to Brooke and clr for test-solving! Clr and I will be going through submissions and fine-tuning clues / discussing our own approaches to cluing on Tuesday, June 1, at 8pm on Twitch . See you there? Links: .pdf .puz

jg1 - just gridding #1 - crowdsource the clues!

 This is our first attempt at a "Just Gridding!", in which we post a grid and crowd-source the clues. We are still figuring out the best system for crowdsourcing clues, but here's what we've got so far: Click this link for a pdf image of the grid (on a separate page so it's not spoiled for people who are curious but don't actually want to participate) Click this link to access the Google Form where you can submit fun/creative/"indie-only" clues for up to five entries (feel free to do this multiple times if you have more than five you'd like to submit!) Rachel + clr will review submissions a week from today (5/26) and pick out a set of potential clues At this point, we'll either (a) finalize the puzzle and publish it with the clues we like or (b) livestream a conversation in which we discuss clue choices and make small edits (like Brooke and Adam did a few months ago), and *then* finalize and publish it. (If you have a preference here, let u

r1 - ampersandwich? (themeless)

Thanks to clr and also to Brooke Husic for test-solving and helping me hone this puzzle! I'm super excited to have a place to publish puzzles that aren't exactly mainstream-outlet-material, and for this to be the first one I'm putting out into the world. If you enjoyed the puzzle, definitely leave a comment, and if you didn't, see 38-Down 😘 Links: .puz .pdf