So, I've prepared another AnaCross puzzle. The rules are exactly the same: At the end of each row is a pool of letters; those letters are the letters that go in that row of the crossword. Normal crossword rules apply, so every line of letters makes a real, English word; there are no proper nouns in the puzzle. All words can be found in Merriam-Webster.

There is, in many cases, more than one word that fits any given row, but there should only be one arrangement that completes every word.

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Hint: This hint tells you one word in the grid to serve as a starting point.

The word running horizontal in row 7 is "denied".

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    $\begingroup$ This seems... um... incredibly difficult. Props to you if the solution's truly unique, and props to whoever ends up solving this without cheating. $\endgroup$
    – praosylen
    Jul 1, 2021 at 4:38
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    $\begingroup$ Some feedback - this is incredibly difficult to do with any hint of being on the right track (believe me - I have tried it). Especially as it's possible to create an almost-correct solution only for it to fail right at the end. One thing that makes it near impossible is that there are so many vowels - using more consonant-heavy words will enable your puzzlers to restrict their possibilities and make it more likely to be solved. Also, perhaps consider having a hidden theme, e.g. include all 12 months among the words, or the 12 signs of the Zodiac - this would give us a useful anchor point :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jul 1, 2021 at 8:48
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe there is a hidden theme! It's hard to know without having solved the puzzle. (I have tried it a bit and agree that it seems likely very difficult.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Jul 1, 2021 at 23:09
  • $\begingroup$ I can say there is no hidden theme. Perhaps if I make another, there will be, but I didn't think of that. $\endgroup$
    – qwertyu63
    Jul 2, 2021 at 13:04

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Here's my grid. Unfortunately I didn't capture any mid-process, and used some online word search tools.

There are at least three different solutions. We can fill the empty cells on the third-from-the-bottom row with DEAL-ARE, READ-ALE or DEAR-ALE.

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! This is a great first answer. Why don't you finish registering your account - that way you can keep ownership of this answer (which lets you edit it easier, etc.) even if you lose your cookie. The tour and help center are some resources about how this site works. Feel free to look around the site for other puzzles to solve, or set one yourself! $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Jul 6, 2021 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ Of course there's a shuffable line. sigh If anyone cares, the 'canon' answer puts DEAL on that line. Well done. $\endgroup$
    – qwertyu63
    Jul 7, 2021 at 15:16

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