Solution to Evan Birnholz’s April 11 Post Magazine crossword, “Themeless No. 16”
The toughest part about writing a crossword (in my opinion) is coming up with a theme that works, so it feels nice when I give myself the freedom to skip that step. Of course, the trade-off is that all of the saved time goes into wrestling with a more wide-open grid. With fewer constraints but longer words to deal with, the process of filling the grid goes by much more slowly.