Monday, May 20, 2019

puzzle 109: "circulating air"

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many thanks to brendan for both the title and the clue for 18-across; otherwise, apologies for this being a bit late. also, some good and bad news. the bad: i've decided to join carla sacramento for a life of crime and thus won't be at the indie 500 in two weeks, though my puzzles will be. the good: next week's puzzle will be a meta, accompanied with an announcement that may or may not be related to the meta.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

puzzle 108: "winning records (freestyle 76)"

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busy week here, and not helped at all by the fact that none of the puzzles in progress cooperated with me. so i dug into my old files and found a puzzle i finished but didn't like the fill in. redid half of it, and now i like it a lot more; here's hoping you like it too. (and here's hoping those other puzzles cooperate with me soon; definitely excited to share those with y'all if and when they do.)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

puzzle 107: "hoofing it"

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kentucky derby today, so whether you're backing horses or just have horses in the back, relax and enjoy a mint julep or three while you play the ponies and/or lil nas x and/or this crossword puzzle.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

puzzle 106: "short waves"

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warning: this puzzle's grid contains elements that cannot be reproduced electronically. i strongly recommend solving on paper for the best experience. at the very least, look at the pdf or read the notepad before solving the puz file.

next: if you want a real challenge, solve this puzzle downs only; i've even provided puz and pdf files with across clues missing for your convenience, if for some reason you enjoy solving puzzles like that.

otherwise, as always, enjoy!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

puzzle 105: "counting stars (freestyle 75)"

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not much to say except that i hope y'all are having a great easter / passover / 420 weekend / whatever you're celebrating, even if (like me) it's just (finally) really good, warm, sunny weather. and, of course, as always, enjoy.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

puzzle 104: "game breakers"

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always fun to try to work in some longer down answers with a straightforward theme, and always fun to try to work in some fresher entries. there was also the aim to, as usual, use as few three letter words as possible; predictably, there's now a lot of four letter words, and i'm finding that the more i do this, the more four becomes the new three. i doubt i'll see myself shunning three and four letter words as much as possible, though, but the balance and feel of it is something to keep in mind for future constructions, i think.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

puzzle 103: "beer money (freestyle 108)"

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was not intending to end up with the giant three by three blocks in the middle of this grid; that's just what happened. a fill existed with fewer squares in those blocks, but i didn't like it as much, and it was much less aesthetically pleasing than this grid.

in any case, some interesting ones in this, including the two seed in opposite corners. as always, enjoy!