Puzzle #5: Men Can Be Such Babies

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If anyone out there wants to crunch some data on the gender distribution of people referenced in crossword puzzles (both answers and clues), I think there’s quite a few retweets in that research for you. As a general rule, most mainstream puzzles skew heavily towards representing men. I was certainly guilty of unconsciously overloading my crosswords with bros until this fact was pointed out to me.

I’m ambivalent about posting this puzzle, because *SPOILER ALERT* it relies on all-male theme answers to poke a little bit of fun at the male ego. But in the end, I think it’s an entertaining enough idea to share the puzzle here.

Oh, and just as a reminder, most mainstream puzzle outlets still publish a significant majority of male constructors. (The Inkubator, by the way, is really moving the needle along these lines, and deserves your puzzle $’s.) The fastest way to get more women into crossword grids and clues? Empower women constructors to bring their perspective, creativity, and experience to bear in mainstream outlets.

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