Cherry Stones.puz [1.87 KiB]
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This is the second draft of a puzzle rejected in a number of places. The first draft was done about a year ago, I sent to one place it was rejected and it sat around. This draft did the rounds earlier this year (I redid because I'd learnt a lot about making better crosswords in the meantime - not that I don't have a lot more to learn!). It's been sitting on my computer since then...
As noted it's an early week theme, and I've kept it the way it was, could've upped the difficulty but it would've felt wrong. Still I have a tendency to overshoot the difficulty of easy puzzles, so it might be harder than I intended, for better or worse.
Of the places I sent it to, only got one specific comment, and that was, to paraphrase heavily, the keywords are too similar in their theme context to the context in the crossword phrases. If that doesn't make sense now it hopefully will once you've solved it!