Sunday, January 26, 2020

puzzle 148: "scarlet letters"

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bonus brainteaser: what sport and position within that sport could have been used as a semi-cryptic title to hint at this puzzle's theme? (probably could have worded this slightly better, but you'll know the answer once you see it.)

otherwise, enjoy this puzzle; more fun stuff coming next week!

Monday, January 20, 2020

puzzle 147: "split decision (freestyle 131)"

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freestyle this weekend; some fun answers in there, and as always, hope you enjoy! as for me, been busy with a lot of stuff, including quite a few collaborations, but there's some good stuff coming up in the near future (including a soon-to-be released collaboration that i'm pretty excited for).

Thursday, January 9, 2020

puzzle 146: "a bully is always a coward"

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guest puzzle this week from adam aaronson, who you may recognize from his nyt debut a week ago. definitely a good constructor; give him a follow on twitter (where he's already posted this puzzle) if you haven't already. as for this puzzle, adam says: "after a friend reminded me of a certain classic sentence (spoilers / explanation here), i decided to whip up this twisted quip-style puzzle. hopefully it doesn't bully you too hard."

elsewhere, crossnerds just had a nice podcast episode with chris king; check it out when you have the time.

and finally, i have today's la times crossword, which can be solved online here; i think you'll enjoy that one as well.

Monday, January 6, 2020

puzzle 145: "spanner in the works (freestyle 95)"

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i have this thursday's la times puzzle, in case y'all would like to solve that. as for this puzzle, it started with what is now 32-across, except it was the full name as a grid-spanning answer. but sometimes you finish a puzzle and it just doesn't feel good (iffy fill, tough crossings, etc.)...so i scrapped the spanner, kept what i could (and what i liked), and redid most of the rest. this is the result; as always, hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

puzzle 144: "bubbles"

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very simple theme, inspired by me figuring out what to get for new year's eve...only to realize that, as a crossword constructor, there's only one option. anyway, happy new year to all of you; i'm incredibly grateful that you all continue to solve my puzzles, and i hope you continue to do so. and i'll keep doing my best to make good puzzles, both here and wherever else they may be published.

Monday, December 30, 2019

puzzle 143: "down and out"

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despite the similar title, not at all related to the recent "over and out" puzzle. for starters, this one actually has across clues. but, if you want a nice challenge, do this one downs only (converter here). either way, enjoy!

(update: the original clue for 22-down should have read "plan (for)"; the files linked above are now correct. thanks to charles montpetit for alerting me to this error, and my apologies for any confusion this may have caused.)

Sunday, December 22, 2019

puzzle 142: "snowfall"

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if this puzzle strikes you as similar to a puzzle i had with universal six months ago, you're not wrong; this is what i originally submitted to david steinberg, more or less. thankfully, he had the (much better) idea to modify the theme slightly, which led to making a completely new puzzle from scratch; still, i think this one holds up, and is quite appropriate this time of year anyhow.

also: paolo pasco just dropped a new freestyle; it's been way too long since i've solved a paolo puzzle, but i thoroughly enjoyed it. also in the "quality over quantity" group of crossword constructors: chris king, whose book makes a great christmas present, and who just dropped a four part meta suite that i'm going to dig into once i finish posting this. and, speaking of metas: evan birnholz has a wonderful meta this weekend for the washington post.