Puzzle No. 38: Themeless
I've been sitting on this 17x for a while now, and when I realized that today was the last Friday of 2020, I figured I had to go big and finish the year on a high note.
This grid came together in my ongoing experimentation with aesthetically pleasing layouts, which sometimes includes bending standard crossword conventions a little. It has 99 black squares and just 70 words, so mathematically it should play like a standard 15x themeless (perhaps on the challenging side - apologies in advance for the two "??" clues). Hope you enjoy it!
I'm so looking forward to sharing more puzzles from myself and others here in 2021. Thanks as always for solving, and stay tuned :)