We Did It!
I've been too swamped this week even to celebrate, but we have MADE OUR GOAL of $1,100, which means that NOW THE WORK BEGINS!
Work on the Ubercross C-Spot, as well as the various bonuses! But those bonuses will occupy center stage during August. I've just posted the 24th chapter of 26 of the "Callin' Them Squares" series at http://www.crosswordfiend.com/blog/2011/08/13/cts-24-et-al-et-al/. I've completed the Crossworlds set of puzzles, and edited the first ten-- only one has been test-solved, though, and that's the final stage.
With regard to the C-Spot itself, I'm... mulling, at the moment. The first big challenge of building this puzzle is the small answers. They're always the glue that keeps the larger words together, but the "no repeaters" rule means they're a precious resource, one to be conserved verrrry carefully. My first step is looking over my word list... already improved from the one I used on the Fiddy, but possibly in need of an upgrade when it comes to the little words. I know nobody's too fond of partial fill-in-the-blank answers like OF W and IS PI, but they're easy to clue and solve, and they might be a crucial piece of equipment on this long journey. I promise to clue them with a bit of my customary whimsy, to make the medicine go down easier.
Next progress report coming next Saturday. And congrats to you all, again!
We made it!