Sunday, October 13, 2019

puzzle 132: "going back to square one?"

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first, an announcement: queer qrosswords 2 has just been released; as with the first iteration, i have a pair of puzzles (one a solo freestyle, the other a themed collaboration). i'm looking forward to solving these, but everything i've heard about them so far indicates that i'm going to be in for a treat. so i highly encourage you to get support queer charities and donate and get this collection and enjoy this goodness as well.

also: forgot to link to these in weeks past, but both sid sivakumar and brian thomas have started their own puzzles sites recently, and both have posted some good puzzles that i've enjoyed. so definitely check those out as well.

finally: w/r/t this week's puzzle, i highly encourage solving on paper, as every circle in this puzzle will contain a different letter in the across and down directions. it's certainly solvable on your computer, but be aware that the files are coded to take the across letters as correct, and that it'll be a lot harder to keep track of the different letters. still, either way, should be a fun puzzle.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

puzzle 131: "ghostwritten (freestyle 122)"

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a freestyle that's been in the works for a bit; turns out that no matter how hard it is to make one big corner, it's always harder to make the opposite corner, since you're already locked in somewhat by symmetry and whatever you've done in the first corner. and then you have to make sure the stuff connects together, etc. anyway, lots of longer answers in this one, and as always, hope you enjoy!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

puzzle 130: "l functions"

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and we're back with yet another puzzle inspired by math stuff, although you certainly don't need to know anything about math to, you know, actually solve this. that said, i suspect some of the things in this puzzle might be on the unknown side of things, but hopefully everything adds up in the end.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

puzzle 129: "arrr you ready?"

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guest puzzle this week from brian herrick, a constructor who lives in brooklyn and who i've had the pleasure of working with on a couple of puzzles (including an upcoming new york times puzzle) after being introduced via the crossword puzzle collaboration directory. nowadays, brian writes puzzles for current, among other outlets, and he notes that inspiration for his puzzles comes from a variety of places—including what he calls a "d-list holiday". otherwise, we think you'll enjoy this puzzle, though for optimal solving pleasure, we recommend solving on paper.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

puzzle 128: "it'll be alright"

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not much to say other than that the next puzzle will be on thursday, and will be a guest puzzle. i think it's a good one and i'm happy to have it here on the blog; i think you'll like it as well. in the meantime, enjoy this puzzle!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

puzzle 127: "missed it by that much (freestyle 120)"

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solution to the previous meta finally posted; both that and this puzzle were delayed by traveling home from new york city after a few days of fun. got to see mitski play in central park, randall munroe on his book tour, and a walkoff win for the mets (only the second time i've ever seen them win, in about a dozen or so games). and there was also the bryant park crossword tournament, which i came about a quarter second short of defeating defending champion glen ryan in. i'll be sure to link the puzzles when they're up for sale; they're definitely worth solving.

Monday, September 2, 2019

puzzle 126: "on the clock"

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smaller puzzle for the holiday today; hopefully you enjoy both this puzzle and the day off.

reminder that there's still one more week until i post the solution to last week's meta. not that there's a prize or anything, but i've already gotten fifteen answers, and it's always good to hear from solvers; if nothing else, it helps me gauge the meta difficulty better. otherwise, straightforward theme this week, and some interesting stuff coming up in the near future, including a guest puzzle! (speaking of which: feel free to hit me up if you want to collaborate on a puzzle, or just want some feedback on puzzles in progress, even if they're just ideas. always happy to help.)