I'd appreciate some feedback from all you seasoned constructors out there.
I have just completed construction of a themed 15x15 with an eye towards submission to the NYT. I'm a little worried, however, about two of my answers which are fairly obscure place names.
The first is NANAN - Nan'an could be either a district or city in China. I'd never heard of it until I chanced upon the name, which fits nicely across several 6- & 7-letter answers. I sweated blood to finish this area of the puzzle and would rather leave it unless it will seriously reduce my chances of acceptance. Any thoughts?
The second is LAE, which is the second largest city in Papua New Guinea. I could feasibly change this (e.g., perhaps LAE to LAI) but again it was a struggle to find a workable answer.
(I also have POA, which is a place in Burkina Faso, but I am considering clueing it as the abbreviation of "Power of Attorney" - dumb idea?)
If anyone can suggest better, non-geographic clues I would be extremely grateful!
As a general comment, one reason I enjoy completing crosswords is to learn new words and facts, and these difficult words often fall out when the cross answers are completed. I'd hope that a few obscure answers wouldn't lead to rejection.