Saturday, August 17, 2019

puzzle 123: "terrible twos"

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happy birthday to the blog, which just turned two years old, and which just hit six digits in terms of page visits. couldn't have done it without solvers like you. many thanks, and here's to many more puzzles in the future.

Monday, August 12, 2019

puzzle 122: "rock climbing"

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apologies, as usual, for not getting this up on the weekend; this is, i think, the fourth different puzzle i started for this weekend. just could not get any of the rest to finish satisfactorily, even though some of them did get finished. fingers crossed i can finish up some of those soon; will try to have puzzles distributed at lollapuzzoola this next weekend. sadly, i won't be there myself, but i should be around for the bryant park tournament shortly thereafter.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

puzzle 121: "a day at the roxbury (freestyle 115)"

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unsurprisingly, the seed entry in this one (61A) came from something i saw while in boston for boswords. resulted in one of my favorite stacks in awhile, and then i had fun finding a stack to match it at the top (and then figuring out how to connect the two). perhaps a bit too many names, but i think all the crossings are fair. some good clues, too—19A and 32D are my favorites, but there's good ones throughout.

as for boswords: this absolutely counts as burying the lede, but yours truly finished second! some excellent puzzles throughout the day, including a wonderful final by finn vigeland; you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't get the puzzles and solve them. as for me? i'll probably be busy doing all the puzzles i printed off to do on the train (which, sadly, wasn't an acela) up to boston...and then didn't solve at all. so much for preparation, i guess.

me, boswords champion andy kravis, ken stern, and finals puzzle constructor finn vigeland

Saturday, July 27, 2019

puzzle 120: "squarefree 4"

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been busy finishing up some custom puzzles, as well as visiting friends on the east coast while i made my way to boston for boswords, so i didn't quite finish a new puzzle before today. wanted to have something new up before the sunday new york times puzzle (by yours truly) goes live, though, so here's another puzzle from the squarefree suite. this one was selected by will nediger as one of his favorite indie puzzles of may, so it was a natural choice to share; if you haven't bought it yet, the complete suite (and more info) can be bought here.

outside chance i do finish a new puzzle before boswords starts tomorrow; if so, i'll print copies and bring them along. if not, well, i'll still print puzzles and bring them along; haven't decided yet which one, but we'll see. and i'll see you, hopefully, if you're there; really looking forward to that, since i haven't been to a tournament in quite some time.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

puzzle 119: "big time"

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personal milestone today, new york times sunday crossword by your truly and boswords in eleven days. i'm still figuring out what puzzles to bring, but looking forward to seeing y'all there, and hope you enjoy this one.

also: this link contains spoilers, but is a song well worth listening to after you solve the puzzle.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

puzzle 118: "blades of glory"

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themed? freestyle? both? neither? kinda weird layout from stacking all three theme answers in the center and then trying to make the crossings fair. hopefully this puzzle works for you, whether or not you've heard of any of these blades of glory. otherwise, boswords in two weeks, as well as the new york times sunday puzzle by yours truly.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

puzzle 117: "lost in translation"

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another puzzle for this weekend, which came from me wanting to get the last theme answer into a puzzle, especially after recent events. as always, hope you enjoy! and, again, hit me up if you wanna collab before boswords, which is july 28th. i'll be there, i'll be bringing puzzles, and i'd love to have puzzles that aren't just by yours truly.